IAC Launches QI Project for Physicians in Accredited Pediatric Echocardiography Facilities
PARTICIPANTS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE 25 MOC PART 4 CREDITS
The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) is pleased to make available a new Quality Improvement (QI) project to provide interpreting physicians with a tool for improving the completeness and consistency of final reports by adhering to the requirements outlined in the IAC Standards for Pediatric Echocardiography.
“The IAC project for reporting completion has identified strengths
and weaknesses within our echo lab reporting system in a clear and
concise manner. We have implemented suggestions immediately;
resulting in nearly 100% reporting compliance. We are facing
reaccreditation with improved confidence.”
-Grace Freire, MD, FACC
All Children's Heart Institute, St. Petersburg, FL
Pediatric and Perinatal Cardiology
The new QI project, offered to all physicians in facilities accredited by IAC Echocardiography in Pediatric Transthoracic Echocardiography, addresses final reports that do not contain all of the required elements included in the IAC Standards for Pediatric Echocardiography (Part II, Section 4). Upon completion of the project, participating physicians will be eligible to receive 25 credits for the Performance in Practice component of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) from the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). The offering of this QI project coincides with the IAC’s mission of Improving Health Care Through Accreditation as patients and referring physicians will benefit by receiving comprehensive final reports.
To get started, physicians should first contact IAC Echocardiography Senior Clinical Specialist Frank Vermeiren, RDCS, at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a registration form. Upon submission of the registration form, participants will receive information on how to complete the following required steps of the QI project:
- View the IAC webcast titled “The Complete Pediatric Transthoracic Echocardiography Report” and complete a five-question test prior to evaluating reports.
- Evaluate at least 20 consecutive final reports for the first quarter (10 for the subsequent quarters) for every interpreting physician, each quarter. The evaluations will be accomplished using the provided checklist for report completeness. Document the amount of time spent reviewing the final reports for the first and last quarter.
- Documentation of the results of the evaluation will be completed and assessed by the physician and subsequently submitted to the IAC. The IAC will also track and review the data quarterly. An annual review of the quarterly project results will then allow for determination of whether each participant has shown improvement in terms of comprehensive final reports.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program assesses the six core competencies established by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This enables the ABP to assure the public, licensing boards, payers and regulatory agencies that certified pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists (diplomats) have the knowledge and skills to deliver quality care. For more information, visit the ABP website at www.abp.org.