Improving Patient Care
Launced in 2014, the Kidney Transplantation Practice Improvement Module (KTPIM) provides nephrologists with a way to apply quality measures to their practice and then utilize the resulting data and individual/practice-wide improvement plan to take action to improve patient care. The domains chosen are ones which have been associated with an improvement in patient outcomes such as risk of cardiovascular disease, allograft, infection, immunosuppression, malignancy, and patient safety.
The purpose of this educational activity is to improve the quality of care for patients who have received a kidney transplant. Upon completion of the educational activity, participants will be able to:
- Assess the current practice performance of the nephrologist on selected quality indicators through patient chart audit as it pertains to kidney transplantation.
- Evaluate the practice structure and processes to determine the extent to which they support the delivery of high-quality kidney transplantation care.
- Develop and implement a self/practice-wide improvement plan to improve patient care.
- Re-assess practice performance on selected quality indicators after implementation of the improvement plan.
- Apply practice performance changes that will support improved quality of care for patients.
Who Should Complete This Activity?
- ABMS-certified physicians who are participating in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
Completing the Activity as a Group
A combination of internists and subspecialists and/or ABFM-certified family physicians can complete a practice improvement module (PIM) together as long as they care for a group of patients together at one location, i.e. office, hospital, ICU, or clinic. (One ABIM-certified physician orders the PIM on behalf of the group.)
Each ABIM-certified physician will earn the full number of MOC points and CME credits available for the selected PIM. (Physicians certified by ABFM will earn credit toward MC-FP. CME credit is not available to family physicians.)
ABIM MOC Points
In order to receive MOC points for participation in the Activity, the physician must:
- Be enrolled in ABIM’s MOC program.
- Provide direct or consultative care to patients as part of the Activity. This includes physicians who actively supervise a trainee (resident or fellow) during the project.
- Implment interventions to improve care as guided by the Activity.
- Collect, submit, and review relevant clinical data that reflects care the physician provided, in keeping with the project’s measurement plan. (Data obtained from an electronic health record, or provided by another source, must be reviewed personally by the participating physician.)
- Demonstrate active collaboration in the design and/or implementation of the project, such as attending team meetings, providing data analysis, assisting with implementation training, etc.
- Meet the minimum duration of participation criteria established by ASN—6 to 9 months which allows for adequate time for commitment to the intervention cycle and the improvement cycle prior to re-measurement.
For information and updates on ABIM's MOC program, please click here.
AQI Approval Statement
The Activity is approved for twenty (20) Self-Evaluation of Practice Assessment MOC points for eligible physicians. As the MOC program evolves, this point value may be subject to change. ABIM will notify ASN within ninety (90) days of a change in MOC point value.
ACCME Accreditation and CME Designation Statements
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
ASN designates this PI-CME activity for a maximum of 20 AMA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™
Category 1 CME is awarded for completion of all three stages (i.e. A, B, and C). No partial credit is available.
Roy D. Bloom, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Christopher D. Blosser, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Harini A. Chakkera, MD, FASN, Mayo Clinic, Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ
Randal K. Detwiler, MD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Donald E. Hricik, MD, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Rocky River, OH
Vineeta Kumar, MD, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
Dianne B. McKay, MD, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Heidi M. Schaefer, MD, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Jane C. Tan, MD, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Alexander C. Wiseman, MD, University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO
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