Nicklaus Children’s Health System/Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is approved as a Multi-Specialty Portfolio Sponsor for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). This relationship enables Nicklaus Children's Health System to review and approve ongoing quality improvement projects within the Health System that meet the requirements set forth by the ABMS and its boards including the ABP, and the Health System’s Portfolio Program Internal Review Committee (IRC).
The ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program™
- The ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program™ (Portfolio Program) works with Nicklaus Children's Health System to recognize the work that physicians are already doing to improve patient care in their practices.
- Physician participation in initiatives approved by the Portfolio Program can earn them Improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV) credit from their ABMS Member Board for the American Board of Medical Specialties Program for Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC®).
- Activities in priority QI/PI areas such as communication, efficiency, patient safety, and transition of care, can be submitted directly to the Portfolio Program for consideration. The Portfolio Program's IRC will review the activities according to the standards and guidelines outlined in this document and related to the MOC requirements of the ABMS Member Boards.
Faculty applying for MOC Part 4 credit benefit in multiple ways. Once a project is approved by the internal IRC, MOC credit can be granted to any faculty member who participates and meets minimal requirements for participation. Project applications will be submitted directly to the IRC (instead of the ABP), streamlining the application process for work that we all do to improve patient care. The IRC is available to provide feedback on project proposals to help them reach ABMS and/or ABP MOC standards, if the initial application doesn’t meet the requirements. There is no fee for providers associated with this application for internal projects. Some projects are designated by the Project Leader as restricted for participation to Nicklaus Children's Hospital physicians, and some projects may be opened to external physicians.