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Brendon Shank
Public Relations Department
Society of Hospital Medicine
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

American Board of Internal Medicine Approves SHM Quality Improvement Programs

ABIM AQI Pathway Approval Will Qualify SHM Quality Leaders for 30 MOC Points

(PHILADELPHIA, January 26, 2011) — Participants in two of Society of Hospital Medicine mentored implementation programs can now receive Maintenance of Certification credit for their quality improvement work from the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The approval from ABIM will make earning Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits easier for physicians actively engaged in Society of Hospital Medicine's (SHM) Mentored Implementation Programs.

The two quality improvement programs, Project BOOST (Better Outcomes for Older Adults Through Smooth Transitions) and VTE PC (Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Collaborative), have received approval to be part of the ABIM's Approved Quality Improvement (AQI) Pathway. Hospitalists who are engaged in improvement through Project BOOST or VTE PC can earn 20 MOC practice performance points.

"ABIM's approval of Project BOOST and VTE-PC validates the comprehensiveness, efficacy, and integrity of these SHM signature quality improvement programs. Now hospitalists trying to improve patient care at their hospitals by implementing these programs will also receive credit towards their Maintenance of Certification." Jeffrey Wiese, President, Society of Hospital Medicine.

Now implemented in nearly 300 hospitals across the country, SHM's quality improvement programs provide guidance on best practices and mentorship from leaders in hospital medicine offering practical assistance on topics central to designing, evaluating, implementing and sustaining quality improvement programs to improve patient safety and care.

For more information about SHM's quality improvement programs, visit www.hospitalmedicine.org/qi.

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is an independent not-for-profit organization that grants board certification to internists and subspecialists. Certification is a rigorous, comprehensive program for evaluating physician knowledge, skills and attitudes to assure both patients and payers that a physician has achieved competence for practice in a given field. ABIM requires that physicians periodically recertify through ABIM's MOC program.

"If physicians are already engaged in rigorous quality improvement activities through their hospital or another organization we want them to receive Maintenance of Certification credit for that work," said Elizabeth Blaylock, Vice President of PIM Development at the American Board of Internal medicine. "Society of Hospital Medicine has built a program that supports physicians in their efforts to measure and improve patient care."

ABOUT SHM

Representing the fastest growing specialty in modern healthcare, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) is the leading medical society for more than 31,000 hospitalists and their patients. SHM is dedicated to promoting the highest quality care for all hospitalized patients and overall excellence in the practice of hospital medicine through quality improvement, education, advocacy and research. Over the past decade, studies have shown that hospitalists decrease patient lengths of stay, reduce hospital costs and readmission rates and increasing patient satisfaction.

For more information about SHM and hospital medicine, visit www.hospitalmedicine.org.

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