OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

Component 4: Practice Performance Assessment & Improvement

Overview

Component 4 requires physicians to engage in continuous quality improvement through comparison of personal practice performance measured against national standards for their medical specialty. The AOBFP requires completion of two modules every three years.

Physicians can visit the AOA Physician Portal (login required) to view their OCC progress. Please note you will be required to sign into the site using your Osteopathic.org login information. View the complete OCC Procress Outline for more information.

Apply for a Module

Submit an application to begin an OCC module (scroll to bottom of page to view available modules):

OCCAP Modules

Once you have submitted an OCCAP module application and received an authorization letter confirming approval from AOBFP, you may begin completion of a module below.

Each module requires that you enter HIPAA-compliant information from 20 of your patient charts, receive a performance analysis report, complete an educational unit on that topic, submit an interventional action plan, wait a required 90-day period in which to activate your plan, and then complete a final chart abstraction on 20 new or revisiting patients. The final step is completion of a required exam. The module is then complete you will be awarded 20 Category 1-B credits.

Diabetes Module

Lower Back Pain Module

Coronary Artery Disease Module

Hypertension Module

Note: It is strongly suggested that you use Google Chrome as your internet browser for completion of these modules.

Professionalism Modules

Once you have submitted a module application and received an authorization letter confirming approval from AOBFP, you may begin completion of a module below.

Communication

This project relates specifically to the development of a solution for the AOA certifying boards to be in compliance with the fourth osteopathic core competency requirement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills. The training will adhere to all AOA Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements and conform to best practices and standards for high stakes assessment. The program will be delivered online and will have strong assessment components. This module involves the completion of patient surveys, peer surveys, and/or staff surveys. Completion of this module will be recorded to your AOA “OCC Tracker” online information and you will be credited with 10 Category 1-B credits.

NOTE: You will be required to select “Physicians register by clicking HERE” from the FPOCAT home page, followed by entering the voucher code which has been provided in your confirmation letter from the AOBFP. You are required to return to the home page and log in to be further directed to profile information to be completed prior to patient or staff surveys, which are part of the Communication module. You may then begin the module.

Begin the module

Note: It is strongly suggested that you use Google Chrome as your internet browser for completion of this module.

Cultural Competency

“A Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care” is a self-directed training course for physicians and other health care professionals in the provision of care. With growing concern about racial and ethnic disparities in health and populations, cultural competency has become more and more a matter of national concern. To train physicians to care for diverse populations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health offers these modules to equip physicians and other health care professionals with competencies that will enable them to better treat the increasingly diverse U.S. population.

Themes to be Completed:

Select appropriate theme(s) for completion based on your professional activity pathway as designated in your application submitted for module completion:

  • Full Scope Clinical Practice: Select “Theme 1 – Fundamentals of Culturally Competent Care”
  • Limited Scope Clinical Practice: Select “Theme 1 – Fundamentals of Culturally Competent Care”
  • Non-Clinical Practice: Select “Theme 1 – Fundamentals of Culturally Competent Care” and “Theme 2 – Provide Language Access Services” and “Theme 3 – Structuring Culturally Competent Care”

Step 1: Access the website www.thinkculturalhealth.hhs.gov/

  1. On the top click on ‘Education
  2. Within the drop down select ‘Physicians
  3. Click on ‘Begin Program
  4. Click on ‘Register Here

You will then create a username and password; please keep record of your username and password.

Begin the module

Medication Safety Communication Professionalism

This module has been developed by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) for the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP) to satisfy a portion of the OCC Component 4 requirements to be completed by our diplomates. Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to identify methods/techniques for more effective communication to improve medication adherence and to reduce adverse drug reactions, as well as effectively communicate at the patient’s level of understanding.

Steps to be completed within this module include a pretest knowledge assessment, feedback comparing your performance with national benchmarks, completion of educational activities within the module based on pretest feedback, a post-test knowledge assessment, and an evaluation of the module.

Participants are required to complete the program in its entirety with a passing score on the post-test to earn 3 Category 1-B credits, which would be posted to your CME activity report. NBOME will report completion directly to the AOA and the AOBFP. It is NOT necessary that a completion certificate be submitted by the candidate to the AOA CME Division or the AOBFP.

Begin the module​​

Quality Improvement (QI) activity attestations can be submitted for Component 4 credit using the online submission form in the AOA Physician Portal.