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ASCP Patient Safety Course Fulfills Important ABP Maintenance of Certification Requirements

Monday, October 22, 2012

“We were very pleased to learn from the ABP that the ABMS had approved our patient safety course, which is the first course to be approved by the ABMS specifically for pathologists to meet their patient safety MOC requirement.”
—Suzanne Ziemnik, ASCP Vice President for Continuing Professional Development

The American Board of Pathology (ABP) is announcing a new Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirement for patient safety to comply with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) MOC Patient Safety requirement for its member boards. Beginning in 2013, all diplomates enrolled in MOC will be required to complete an ABMS-approved Patient Safety course within their next two, two-year reporting cycles. A Patient Safety Module must be completed at least once during each 10-year cycle.

ASCP offers a Patient Safety course, approved by ABMS, which can be used to fulfill both Part II and Part IV MOC requirements. To learn more, click here.  

“This is a new requirement and the good news is that it can be used to fulfill both Part II and Part IV of the MOC requirements,” said Rebecca Johnson, MD, FASCP, Incoming Chief Executive Officer of the ABP.

“We were very pleased to learn from the ABP that the ABMS had approved our patient safety course, which is the first course to be approved by the ABMS specifically for pathologists to meet their patient safety MOC requirement,” said Suzanne Ziemnik, ASCP Vice President for Continuing Professional Development. “This course is an excellent example of the ASCP commitment to delivering patient-centric education and has been designed to promote a culture of safety and to eliminate preventable patient harm by engaging, educating, and equipping pathologists and laboratory professionals to assimilate case-based safety practices.”

The ABP has also approved MOC Part IV credit for American Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency and Fellowship Program Directors. This credit is for the supervision of residents and fellows and is similar to credit given for Part IV by some other American Board of Medical Specialties Boards. It fulfills the annual “Diplomate Performance Improvement and Quality Assurance” requirement.

“This is recognition of the important roles of residency and fellowship directors in the supervision of residents,” Dr. Johnson said.

Meanwhile, ABP is announcing several important updates to ensure that pathologists remain current in their certification requirements.

The Voluntary Recertification program will end in 2014, with an application deadline of July 1, 2013.  The ABP offers Voluntary Recertification to diplomates with non-time limited certificates who wish to demonstrate continuous improvement in the practice of pathology. After 2013, diplomates who wish to recertify or are required to pass a secure examination for licensure purposes must enroll in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. For more information, click here for the Voluntary Recertification Booklet of Information.

“We are specifically reaching out to lifetime certificate holders because the Board has no easy way to get in touch with these individuals,” Dr. Johnson said.

Additionally, the ABP is applying for MOC: Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) which will give pathologists an additional incentive payment of .5 percent. For more details, go to www.abpath.org.


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