Putting Quality into Practice (PQIP)
This project produced a published journal article and a highly successful video profiling physician engagement in quality improvement projects. The video has been inspirational to many and is often featured at Institute for Healthcare Improvement annual meetings and other high-visibility venues.
Improving Performance in Practice (IPIP)
The ABIM Foundation provided seed funding for this initiative, which provides one-on-one coaching to help physicians and health care professionals engage in quality improvement. The initiative now has become an important element of many patient-centered medical home demonstration projects across the country. It is operating in 150 practices across eight states and is growing rapidly.
Health Plan Assistance with PIMs
This pilot project by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield of Rochester, NY, demonstrated that health plan-employed nurses could successfully engage physicians in quality improvement facilitated by the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Practice Improvement Modules (PIMs), a component of ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification program.
PIMs in Residency Research Project
This project laid the groundwork for the successful PIMs in Residency program, the development of a large, controlled trial in 42 residency programs jointly funded by the Macy Foundation and the ABIM Foundation, and the development of a grant program to support residents in designing, implementing and evaluating quality improvement projects.
Multi-Stakeholder Perspective on Advancing Professionalism
On January 13-14, 2009, the ABIM Foundation, the American College of Physicians and the Institute on Medicine as a Profession convened a diverse group of more than 50 stakeholders to explore the notion of medical professionalism and to discuss how to advance a 21st-century definition of this concept in order to improve health care. The meeting began to define a shared understanding of professionalism and its importance in identifying concrete ways to reform physician payment, implement organizational supports, and enhance public reporting to foster an environment more conducive to professionalism. Read a summary of the meeting.