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ABFM Maintenance of Certification (MOC): Does Completion of Professional Development Programs Affect Quality of Patient Care?

Retrospective pilot study that investigated the ability to demonstrate an effect of two specific Maintenance of Certification (MOC) modules for family physicians [Self-assessment Module (or SAM from Part II MOC) and Performance in Practice Module (PPM from Part IV MOC)] on the quality of diabetes care delivered by family physicians to their patients.

Investigators looked at selected clinical indicators around diabetes care (e.g., HbA1c, blood pressure, lipids, etc.) using a HIPAA compliant “limited” patient-level data file pulled from physicians' EHRs. These data were combined with AFFM MOC public data. Patients identified as eligible during a study physician’s 12-month pre-SAM/PPM completion period were also tracked for these same measures during the physician’s 12-month post-SAM/PPM completion period.


Do professional development programs for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) affect quality of patient care?
Galliher JM, Manning BK, Petterson SM, Dickinson LM, Brandt EC, Staton EW, Phillips RL, Pace WD
J Am Board Fam Med January-February 2014 27:19-25; doi:10.3122/jabfm.2014.01.130109
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Dataset Description

Type of Patients Included N Data Elements
All patients with diabetes linked to participating providers 9354
  • Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes Diagnosis Records
  • Medications Prescribed
  • Diabetic Foot Exam
  • MicroAlbumin/Cr Ratio
  • A1c
  • LDL
  • Gender
  • Year of Birth