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Credit Translations

Maintenance of Certification at BCM

For questions, please contact: BCM MOC Program


Overview

ABMS Portfolio Program Sponsor

Baylor College of Medicine is an approved and recognized Portfolio Program Sponsor (Program Sponsor) of the American Board of Medical Specialties Portfolio Program™ (ABMS Portfolio Program™). This achievement was coordinated through the BCM Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (I-QIPS), which oversees all Program Sponsor responsibilities, including the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program at BCM (BCM MOC Program).

Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is an approved and recognized ABMS Portfolio Program Sponsor (Program Sponsor). This achievement was coordinated through the BCM Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (I-QIPS), which oversees all Program Sponsor responsibilities, as conducted through the BCM Maintenance of Certification Program (BCM MOC Program), operated under the I-QIPS.

As a Program Sponsor, BCM works directly with the ABMS Portfolio Program™ to help BCM and BCM-affiliated physicians/PAs earn MOC Part 4 credit/MOC points for their work in eligible QI efforts that promote the College's quality and safety aims. This is done through the BCM MOC Program, where physicians/PAs can request credit consideration via streamlined and facilitated processes. In coordination with the physician/PA, the BCM MOC Program prepares and submits on their behalf the necessary paperwork for credit consideration through the ABMS Portfolio Program™, ultimately resulting in less paperwork and more time for physicians and PAs to focus on delivering quality care to their patients.

Credit Issuance & Fees

The actual MOC Part 4 credit/points is not granted directly by the BCM MOC Program; rather, credit is granted through the BCM MOC Program (in accordance with the ABMS Portfolio Program™) by the participating ABMS Member Boards or the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). If approved, credit is issued accordingly by the relevant ABMS Member Board or the NCCPA (see below table); as such, physicians/PAs should expect to see their credit issued directly to their respective Member Board or NCCPA profiles.

At this time, there is no cost to earn credit through the BCM MOC Program. However, any applicable fees required by participating ABMS Member Boards or the NCCPA must be current in order for an eligible physician/PA to receive MOC Part 4 credit/MOC points. Physicians/PAs should direct any such inquiries to their respective Member Board(s) or the NCCPA.


Requirements & Credit Translations

Participating ABMS Member Boards and NCCPA

Updated: May 2021

The below table, provided by the ABMS Portfolio Program™, identifies the participating ABMS Member Boards' and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants' (NCCPA) requirements, including associated credit translations, for meeting continuing certification/maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements through the BCM MOC Program (in accordance with the ABMS Portfolio Program™). With that said, the table provides only a high-level summary based on information available at the time of its development. As such, it is the responsibility of each physician/PA to refer to the respective website of their relevant participating ABMS Member Board(s) or the NCCPA for up-to-date credit requirements and to understand what is required by their respective certifying body, as well as to track their own progress through their individual MOC accreditation cycle.

The BCM MOC Program reviews all improvement and patient safety activities submitted by physicians/PAs for MOC Part 4 credit consideration, according to the requirements established by the ABMS Portfolio Program™. For credit consideration, a qualified QI activity/project must meet the stated QI Activity Requirements of the program. Additionally, evidence of a physician's or physician assistant's participation in the activity must be met and submitted in accordance with the program's Meaningful Participation Requirements.


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