American Board of Family Medicine’s Physician Quality Reporting System Deadline passes with Outstanding Numbers
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 The American Board
of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce over 1600 clinicians submitted
data to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) through the ABFM’s online
submission process and through the PRIME Patient Data Registry.
Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) is a quality reporting program that
encourages individual eligible professionals (EPs) and group practices to
report information on the quality of care to Medicare. PQRS gives participating
EPs and group practices the opportunity to assess the quality of care they
provide to their patients, helping to ensure that patients get the right care
at the right time. By reporting on PQRS quality measures, individual EPs and
group practices can also quantify how often they are meeting a particular
The PRIME Registry is a population health and
performance improvement tool for clinicians and practices. It extracts patient
data from the physician’s electronic health record (EHR) and turns it into
actionable measures. PRIME is registered as a Qualified Clinical Data
Registry and Specialty Registry open to all Primary Care Physicians—Family
Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Obstetricians/Gynecologists, as well
as Physicians Assistants and Nurse Practitioners.
Updates to the ABFM Exam Prep App for iPhones
Monday, April 10, 2017 In
recent weeks, some physicians have been experiencing problems with the ABFM Exam Prep app. Apple pushed two updates out to iPhone users. These updates caused our app to begin to malfunction in various ways. The developers have updated the app and this new version was released in the first week in April. The new version works quite well when users have updated both their operating system and the Exam Prep app, but iPhone users may still experience bugs when only one is updated.
ABFM Statement Regarding Executive Order Travel Ban
Friday, February 3, 2017 Please download the statement [PDF 76KB] from the American Board of
Family Medicine regarding the recently signed Executive Order titled
Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United
States, which restricted travel into the U.S. from seven specified
ABFM Launches Continuous Knowledge Self-Assessment (CKSA)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 The ABFM’s new
Continuous Knowledge Self-Assessment (CKSA), a self-assessment and lifelong
learning activity, will launch on January 19, 2017. The CKSA
is designed to deliver a set of 25 questions each quarter. There is no passing
or failing for this activity. After independently completing 100 CKSA
questions, a performance report will be provided to the physician summarizing
their results by certification examination blueprint categories to help family
physicians identify gaps in their knowledge.
What you need to know:
- Access the CKSA via your portfolio (and soon your mobile app!), and
the program will guide you through answering each question in order.
- Each multiple-choice question (MCQ) in the CKSA will require a single best
answer response. The correct answer will be provided after each question is
answered along with a critique describing the rationale for the correct option.
A comment feature will allow family physicians to share their opinions on
concepts relating to each question.
- A physician may start, stop or
resume the assessment questions at any time during the 3-month period.
- Complete all 25 questions during the 3-month activity window and receive
2.5 certification points that can be applied to the 50 points required for the
- Complete all 25 questions for each of the four
quarters throughout the year and receive a total of 10 certification points,
satisfying the minimum 1 Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA) requirement for that
- Continuously participate in the CKSA throughout the entire
3-year certification stage and receive 30 certification points, leaving only a
Performance Improvement activity needed to complete family medicine
The CKSA will be added to the suite
of options for completing the self-assessment requirement for Continuous
Certification. The CKSA is designed to help physicians identify their personal
strengths and weaknesses in medical knowledge and clinical decision-making
within the framework of broad spectrum family medicine, so that they can target
subsequent continuing medical education in those areas. The questions will be
developed using the certification examination blueprint and will be similar in
format to those seen on the certification examination. The performance report
provided once a physician has participated in 100 questions, four different
CKSA quarters, will estimate how a physician would likely score on the
certification examination, estimate one’s probability of passing the
certification examination, and compute an index related to how accurate a
physician’s confidence was regarding the correctness of their answers.
Completing the 25 questions can be done throughout the 3-month quarter in a
manner that best suits the individual physician i.e. questions can be
completed whenever and wherever it is convenient for the physician. If a
physician prefers to answer two questions per week over morning coffee, then
an automatic reminder can be set up to deliver two questions a week. On the
other hand, those that wish to complete a small number of questions per month
can receive monthly reminders to answer questions. If one wishes to answer all
25 questions at one sitting while on a long road trip over the summer (while
riding in the passenger’s seat of course!), that can be accommodated as well.
Overall, the manner of the CKSA administration is intended to be both more
user-friendly, as well as more continuous in nature.