Maintenance of Certification: ABCD III State Efforts to Capitalize on an Incentive for Quality Improvement
With support from The Commonwealth Fund, five state Medicaid agencies in the third Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD III) learning collaborative partnered with primary care practices and community providers to improve care coordination for young children identified with potential developmental delay. Some ABCD states developed quality improvement projects to improve care coordination that provide physicians credit toward maintaining their Board certification as pediatricians. This provided an added incentive for physician participation and assured the collection of needed data. The brief provides background on the “Maintenance of Certification” (MOC) quality improvement credit, lessons learned about structuring quality improvement projects on care coordination, and the value of being able to offer the MOC credit.