In 2015, the ABIM Foundation awarded Maine Quality Counts (QC) a grant to advance the Choosing Wisely campaign. QC launched a multi-stakeholder initiative, “Spreading Choosing Wisely® in Maine,” to reduce the use of antibiotics for bronchitis; advanced imaging for low-back pain; and benzodiazepines in older adults in two regions of the state.
QC aligns Choosing Wisely with other activities in which practices participate to improve the quality of patient care. Among these is the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network (NNE PTN). NNE PTN is part of the Transforming Clinical Practice initiative (TCPi) helping sites achieve value based care. More than 2,000 clinicians participate in NNE PTN across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, and the project expands the work of Choosing Wisely in Maine to a new tristate audience.
QC is now offering Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points through The Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program™ (Portfolio Program) for physicians who are interested in advancing Choosing Wisely and certified by one of the participating American Board of Medical Specialties® (ABMS) specialty boards. Physicians at practice sites enrolled in the “Spreading Choosing Wisely” pilot in the Bangor and Midcoast regions are eligible to participate in the MOC project, along with physicians enrolled in the NNE PTN.
To earn MOC points, physicians complete pre- and post- assessments; attend three webinars a year and one in-person presentation; submit and review practice data quarterly; and use Choosing Wisely materials in their offices. All related webinars are also available for continuing medical education (CME) points.
The first webinar in the Choosing Wisely series, which focused on the AMA Steps Forward program, took place on February 8, 2017.
“QC is always looking for ways to improve the experience of quality improvement for physicians and their practice teams, and to integrate benefits and opportunities into this important work,” said Kellie Slate Vitcavage, MS, Project Manager, Consumer and Community Engagement. “Being able to offer MOC points for the work physicians are doing to learn about and advance Choosing Wisely recognizes the value of these activities while incorporating requirements for physicians.”
Questions about the MOC components can be directed to Maine Quality Counts Medical Director Amy Belisle, MD, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Choosing Wisely in Maine, contact Kellie Slate Vitcavage at email@example.com.
Read More: Physicians are also collaborating on other Choosing Wisely projects and earning MOC credit with the American College of Radiology (ACR)’s Radiology Support, Communication and Alignment Network (R-SCAN) platform.