American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Maintenance of Certification Account Activation

If you go to link http://www.abpn.com/index.html you can activate your American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) account, which is a simple process and gives you access to your Maintenance of Certification (MOC) data. On the home page you can click “ABPN mocCERT” to get started; follow instructions which are pretty simple. You can find out when your re-certification examination will be and exactly what you need to fulfill requirements to sit for the MOC cognitive examination. I haven’t tried to upload data yet, but it looks easy. It doesn’t ask you to pay the $175 fee for maintaining the Physician Folio just for activation evidently.

You can view your qualification status for taking MOC exams and view the ABPN MOC Policy. Maintaining your MOC records including CME Credits, Self Assessments and Performance in Practice (PIP) activities by clicking the button “ADD NEW RECORD” which brings up a MOC Activity Record with fill-in-the-blanks for the activity, sponsor name, the date completed, and activity type (CME, Self Assessment, PIP). You can view the complicated information about PIP activity qualifications as below:

Performance in Practice (PIP) The Performance in Practice component is a two-part quality improvement program designed for “clinically-active” physicians (see definitions below) to participate in practice improvement activities over the 10-year MOC cycle by both chart review and second-party external review. Diplomates will be required to complete three (3) PIP Units, each consisting of both a Clinical Module (chart review) and a Feedback Module (Patient/Peer* second-party external review). If a diplomate participates in an institutional quality improvement program that involves collection of chart data and comparison, and establishment of a plan to improve clinical activity for the individual physician, that institutional participation may also fulfill the Clinical module. If a diplomate participates in peer review in his/her clinical setting, that institutional activity may also fulfill the PIP Feedback Module criteria. This requirement is currently slated to begin in 2013 for those applying for 2014 MOC examinations. When this component is fully implemented in 2017:
A) Clinical modules (Chart Review)
 • Clinical modules require that each diplomate collect data from at least five patient cases in a specific category (e.g., diagnosis, type of treatment, treatment setting) obtained from the diplomate’s personal practice over the previous 3-year period.
 • Each diplomate must then compare data from the five patient cases with published best practices, or practice guidelines, or peer-based standards of care (e.g., hospital quality improvement programs), and develop a plan to improve effectiveness or efficiency of his/her clinical activities.
 • Within 24 months, each diplomate must collect the same data from at least another five clinical cases in the same specific category, to see if improvements in practice have occurred. The same patients may be assessed in the original and follow-up data.
B) Feedback modules (Patient/Peer* Second Party External Review)
 • Feedback modules require each diplomate to solicit personal performance feedback from at least five peers* and five patients concerning the diplomate’s clinical activity over the previous three years.
 • Each diplomate must then identify opportunities for improvement in the effectiveness and/or efficiency in their practice as related to the core competencies and take steps to implement suggested improvements.
 • Within 24 months, each diplomate is required to solicit feedback from at least another five peers* and five patients to see if improvements in practice have occurred. Feedback may be obtained from the same patients and peers as in the original and follow-up feedback.
 • Peers include other professional healthcare staff such as, psychologists, social workers, physicians, counselors, and nurses.
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