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Mayo Clinic Recognized by Three Certifying Boards for Quality Improvement Activities
Date:1/27/2010

jointly, by all three boards. The three primary care boards expect to approve 2–4 additional portfolio sponsor organizations in the next three years as part of this effort.

"We are proud that Mayo Clinic is the first organization recognized by the three largest certifying boards and believe that this is a testament to Mayo's leadership in quality improvement," said Richard Berger, MD, Dean of the Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development. "We believe rigorous quality improvement efforts make better physicians, improve the systems of care that physicians work in, and, most importantly, enhance patient care, furthering Mayo Clinic's leadership in the practice of medicine. We are delighted that family physicians, internists, and pediatricians who are engaged in QI activities every day will receive MOC credit for their hard work."

Research has shown that fewer than 30% of physicians examine their own performance data, and physicians' ability to independently self-assess and self-evaluate is poor. Each certifying board requires physicians to look at their practice and make improvements.  Mayo Clinic has established QI activities in its clinical setting that meet the three primary care boards' requirements for improving performance in practice.

"We look forward to recognizing other programs that engage physicians in rigorous quality improvement activities," said James A. Stockman, MD, President and CEO of the American Board of Pediatrics. "Physicians want to deliver the best care possible to their patients, and these programs help them understand where improvement is needed and give them a structured environment to make positive changes."

Mayo Clinic's Quality Review Board will evaluate Mayo physicians' participation in structured QI activities to determine if they meet the boards' requirements for MOC. Among the requirements for MOC appro
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