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How to Earn Credit

Popular Ways to Earn Credit

The ABP has developed new pathways to Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 credit. These were designed in part using feedback from pediatricians who are maintaining ABP certification. Here are three popular pathways to Part 4 credit.

NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home or Specialty Practice

You may earn ABP MOC 4 credit by attesting to meaningful participation in quality improvement (QI) projects as part of obtaining National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home or Specialty Practice (PCMH/PCSP) 2011 or 2014 recognition. This is an individual attestation, even if you participated as part of a group. Part 4 points: 40. Fee: $0.

Note: If you participated in QI projects as part of a different PCMH/PCSP certification process (not NCQA), you can apply for credit through "Create Your Own QI project."

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Small Group QI Project (1-10 physicians)

Use this application to report completed small-group QI projects involving 10 or fewer pediatricians and/or pediatric residents. The target group is pediatricians who wish to address a quality gap that is important to them in their particular practice or setting. The ABP provides a guide and multiple resources to help walk you through creating your own project with appropriate measures and parameters. Part 4 points: 25. Fee: $75 per project.

Make the application process even easier for yourself -- review this checklist and gather all the right documents and data first! 

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Institutional Quality Improvement Leadership

If you are in a position to develop and lead substantial health care quality initiatives in an organization, you may earn Part 4 credit. This pathway is most likely to apply to such individuals as department chairs, chief quality officers or directors of public health departments. The specific criteria to qualify for this path are shown in the QI Program Development readiness checklist. When the readiness checklist is received, the ABP will send you the detailed application. Part 4 points: 40. Fee: $150 per individual.

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Additional Ways to Earn Credit

In addition to the pathways above, there are several other opportunities to earn Part 4 MOC credit.  

Improving Professional Practice (Part 4) Activities

​There are several other online Performance Improvement activities from other organizations, available through your ABP Portfolio. 


*Physicians must attest to Meaningful Participation as part of a QI Project. Meaningful Participation is defined by the ABP as involving both an active role in the project, and participation over an appropriate period of time. The ABP approves QI projects in which pediatricians are active participants in implementing change.

The pediatrician must:

  • Be intellectually engaged in planning and executing the project.
  • Implement the project’s interventions (the changes designed to improve care).
  • Review data in keeping with the project’s measurement plan.
  • Collaborate actively by attending team meetings.