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Frequently Asked Questions


When do I have to have my completed project documents submitted to the UW Health MOC Portfolio Program in order to get credit in 2017?

If you have a deadline to get your MOC Part IV in 2017 then you will need to submit your completed UW Health MOC Portfolio Program paperwork (Intake Form, FOCUS-PDCA (A3), and Attestation/Evaluation Form) to the UW Health MOC Portfolio Program by December 1, 2017.

What is the Health Innovation Program (HIP)?

The Health Innovation Program (HIP) mission is to improve health care delivery and population health across the State of Wisconsin and the nation through conducting and disseminating health services research that partners UW faculty with Wisconsin healthcare organizations.


The University of Wisconsin Health System (UW Health), Office of Continuing Professional Development (OCPD) in the University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health and the UW Health Department of Quality, Safety and Innovation (QSI) is working with Health Innovation Program (HIP) to link health services researchers with quality improvement projects, bridging the chasm between ‘what we do’ and ‘what we know we should do.’


To find out more go to the Health Innovation Program website (https://hip.wisc.edu (HIP)) and create an account if you do not already have one. Once you have an account/login you will have access the information you need under Resources - QI Publishing Resources. The materials on this site will walk you through the manuscript writing and publication process to help ensure that your final manuscript is high quality and contains all of the information required in a quality improvement publication.

Why should I participate in the UW Health MOC Portfolio Program instead of just going to my Board’s website and completing Part IV requirements on my own?

The goal of the UW Health program is to create an efficient process to align improvement work you are doing at UW Health with your individual Board requirements for Part IV credit. Advantages to you include:

  • Access to resources already dedicated to strategic UW Health improvement work
  • Easy way to work on improvement projects with a group of providers
  • Opportunities to work across traditional department or division boundaries through projects that focus on the same improvement goals, e.g. improving readmission rates

Why do I have to use an A3 as my documentation for my improvement project?

The A3 is a tool that is commonly used to guide improvement work, coordinate work among improvement team members, and succinctly communicate the story of your improvement. When successfully completed, the A3 template will fulfill the standards of the MOC Portfolio Program. Finally, all completed A3’s will become part of the UW Health library of improvement work, available for others at UW Health to review and inform improvement work at their sites of care.

Why is it called an “A3”?

The term "A3" derives from the paper size used for the report (the metric equivalent to 11" x 17"). The A3 tool was first utilized in the manufacturing industry as a quick and efficient way to track and share improvement work within a large facility or organization and is a standard tool in Lean improvement work. Numerous high performing health care organizations have adopted the A3 format as a standard improvement tool.

What are the UW Health MOC Portfolio Program requirements than must be fulfilled in order to receive MOC Part IV credit from my Board?

Your improvement project must fulfill all requirements including:

  • Successful completion of UW Health MOC Intake Form
  • Successful completion of the A3 documentation for your improvement work, including your personal attestation of your participation and learning

See the UW Health MOC website Get Started tab for additional details, http://www.moc.wisc.edu/

Do I have to improve my performance measures in order to receive MOC Part IV credit?

No. Participating in the process of improvement satisfies MOC Part IV. However, the ABMS reserves the right to change this requirement, and the UW Health MOC Portfolio Program will monitor ABMS requirements and notify our physicians if this changes in the future.

If I have already completed an improvement project, can I still submit it for MOC Part IV credit?

Yes. If the improvement project was completed after 1/1/13 and fulfills all requirements of the UW Health MOC Portfolio Program, the project can be submitted for MOC Part IV credit. Projects that have been completed PRIOR TO 1/1/2013 are not eligible for MOC Part IV through the UW Health MOC Portfolio Program. You may still be able to submit these projects independently to your individual board for MOC Part IV credit. See your boards’ web site for more information.

If working as a group, does every individual physician need to submit project documents, including an A3?

To fulfill MOC Portfolio Program requirements, each individual physician must complete project documents including:

  • A completed A3
  • A personal learning log describing what the individual learned from the project
  • An attestation of participation

The A3 document that describes the FOCUS-PDCA work completed for the project can be shared by all members of the group, the other two documents must be completed individually.

What do I need to do to receive MOC Part IV credit for a group project?

Once you have identified the physicians who will be participating on the improvement team, one physician will need to be designated as the project lead. This person will have to attest to the participation of the rest of the group, so they should know the project details, steps, interventions, etc, thoroughly. The project lead will complete the original Intake Form for the improvement project. Once approved, additional participants in the project will be required to complete an Intake Form. Each participating physician will be required to submit their own A3 and their personal learning log and attestation forms.

What are the responsibilities of a project lead?

If you are the project lead, you will be expected to fulfill the following:

  • Submit the original Intake Form
  • Attest to the participation and completion of each physician who claims MOC Part IV credit for participating in your project

Is there a fee for participating in the UW Health MOC Portfolio Program?

There is no additional charge for participating in the UW Health MOC Portfolio Program however each individual physician must enroll in their specific Board MOC program and pay all fees related to that program. To enroll in your boards’ MOC Program, visit your boards’ web site.

If I participate in a UW Health QI project for MOC Part IV, do I still also have to complete a PIM/PIP through my board?

No. Participation in a UW Health QI project is intended to replace your need to complete an additional, non-UW Health, QI project (PIM, PIP, or otherwise). One UW Health QI project for MOC can be a substitute for one PIM/PIP. However, each board has its’ own requirements about how many QI/PIM/PIP projects are due per MOC cycle. It is the responsibility of each UW Health physician to know the requirements of their own board, and to know how many QI projects must be completed during an MOC cycle in order to maintain certification.

Is it true that one QI project can be used by physicians from multiple specialties to meet MOC Part IV, even if they’re from different boards?

Yes. The MOC Portfolio Program has its own standards of, and guidelines for, participation. Each participating board has agreed to allow any project that meets the MOC Portfolio Program requirements fulfill MOC Part IV for their diplomates.

Can I get credit for the design and administration of a QI project for MOC Part IV if I am not a participant? (i.e. If I plan and oversee the project, but don’t see patients myself?)

Yes. If you develop and provide oversight for the improvement project (monitor, review data, help with corrections/changes to the project), you are eligible to receive MOC Part IV credit for your work. In this case, you will be considered the project lead, which means you (a) submit the Intake Form (after you have designed the project), (b) monitor the participation of other physicians in the project, (c) review physician data to help direct them to interventions, and (d) attest to the participation of other physicians upon their completion of the project.

Can residents get credit for participating in a UW Health QI project for MOC?

No. The UW Health MOC Portfolio Program recognizes this need and is working towards a solution that will allow residents to use their participation in UW Health QI projects for MOC towards their residency QI requirements.

Is project pre-approval required prior to applying for MOC Part IV credit through the UW Health MOC Portfolio Program?

​No, project pre-approval is voluntary. However, because the process for obtaining MOC Part IV credit can seem complex, it is strongly recommended that projects apply for pre-approval with the UW Health MOC Porfolio Program. This is to ensure the project is carried out with appropriate methodologies that will meet criteria for MOC Part IV credit approval.

Where do I go to learn more about how to design my project in order to publish the results?

Go to the Health Innovation Program (https://hip.wisc.edu (HIP) website and create an account if you do not already have one. Once you have an account/login you will have access the information you need under Resources - QI Publishing Resources. The materials on this site will walk you through the manuscript writing and publication process to help ensure that your final manuscript is high quality and contains all of the information required in a quality improvement publication. Please note that this site does not replace the MOC program in place at UW Health; it is a set of additional resources that you can use if you are interested in publishing your QI project.


The tools on the site are most useful if you review them as soon as you start thinking about publishing—even if your project is not yet underway. However, if you are further along in your project and writing, there are resources on this site for every phase of the publication process.



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