The ABMS Portfolio Program™ (Portfolio Program) offers a streamlined approach for hospitals and health care organizations that sponsor and support numerous well-designed quality improvement (QI) efforts involving physicians across multiple disciplines to work with ABMS Member Boards to obtain Part IV credit for their Member Boards Program for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). To date, the Portfolio Program has approved more than 900 QI projects and 6,500-plus physicians have received MOC Part IV credit for participation, with many more in process.
Many of the Portfolio Program projects document improvement in patient care. One Portfolio Program QI project resulted in a 30 percent reduction of C. difficile infection in high incidence units at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. By the end of 2013, the Mayo Quality Review Board had approved nearly 250 QI projects for MOC Part IV credit. Columbus, Ohio-based Nationwide Children’s Hospital has more than 70 QI projects as part of the Portfolio Program. One such project resulted in a 76 percent drop in adverse drug events, which accounted for two-thirds of the hospital’s preventable patient harm events, in three years. Increasing the number of foot exams performed for adult diabetic patients, reducing the number of non-medically indicated planned deliveries, and improving the clinical management of overweight and obese pediatric patients are just some of the improvements that resulted from Portfolio Program projects undertaken at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. Physicians there are engaging in more than 40 QI initiatives.