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OCC Corner

The OCC Corner is a new addition to the Orthopod and will appear in each issue as a physician resource for the Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements and updates.

Upcoming OCC Event
AOBOS Board members will be available to answer your OCC questions at the AOAO’s Post Graduate Seminar in Dallas at the OCC Booth in the Exhibitor’s Hall.
Dr. Stephen Scheinthal, BOS Chair, will make an OCC Presentation in Dallas on May 2, 2014 at 4:25 pm.

Link to the AOBOS OCC Handbook - http://www.aobos.org/mm/files/OCC-Handbook-Master.pdf
Link to the Component 4 PPA modules - http://www.osteopathic-cat.com/ 

Introduction to OCC

Certified physicians are committed to life-long learning, higher standards and to practicing the highest quality patient care.  The health care system in the United States is evolving, and the certification/recertification examination model is no longer the competitive standard, or the standard demanded by the public.

With the advent of more rigorous quality models, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and all of the associated specialty certifying boards, under the direction of the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS) has developed Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) to help meet and exceed industry and regulatory requirements.

The BOS mandated that the AOBOS implement OCC for Orthopedic Surgery in January of 2013.  If you hold a time-dated certification, you are required to participate in all components of OCC to maintain your certification.  If you hold a non-time-dated (formerly referred to as lifetime) certification, you are not required to participate in OCC at this time.  However, you are strongly encouraged to participate, particularly as more states begin to require a ‘maintenance of certification’ process in order to maintain licensure.

Non-compliance with OCC will lead to a loss of board certification.

The Five Components of OCC

Component 1:    Unrestricted Licensure
Component 2:    Lifelong Learning/Continuous Medical Education (CME)
Component 3:    Cognitive Assessment (Examination once every 10 years)
Component 4:    Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement (PPA)
Component 5:    Continuous AOA Membership

Becoming OCC Compliant

To be considered OCC compliant at this time, each time-dated, orthopedic surgery certificate holder must register for OCC with the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AOBOS).  Physicians can register by submitting the OCC Registration Form ($150 fee) online on the AOBOS website, www.aobos.org or completing the OCC Registration Form in the OCC Handbook on the AOBOS website and mailing it to the AOBOS office.

Requirements to Remain OCC Compliant at the End of the 2013-2015 CME Cycle

By the end of the 2013-2015 CME cycle, several new requirements must be met to remain OCC Compliant.

Within the CME requirements:

  • Of the 50 specialty CMEs required each three year cycle, 15 hours must come from Category 1A osteopathic orthopedic surgery programs (AOAO).

  • As a new OCC lifelong learning/CME activity, you will be required to complete 15 hours of self-assessment activities.  Each completed PPA (Component 4) counts as 10 hours of self-assessment.

  • Physicians holding certifications of added qualifications (CAQs) must earn a minimum of 13 specialty hours in the subspecialty area of certification.

Within the 3 year CME cycle:
Component 4:  A minimum of one Practice Performance Assessment module (PPA) must be completed in each 3 year CME cycle.   For more complete information on the Component 4 Practice Performance Assessment modules see the AOBOS Handbook for Osteopathic Continuous Certification on the AOBOS website, www.aobos.org.

  • The PPA modules are available online through a link on the AOBOS website, or by going directly to the Osteopathic-CAT system website, www.ostcat.com, and will consist of a physician logging ten (10) consecutive cases, in the module topic area, from the physician’s personal practice.

  • The individual physician’s module results will be measured against national standards. 

  • If the results fall below acceptable thresholds, there will be a required educational activity followed by a reassessment in the same module with 10 new consecutive cases. 

  • All physician logged cases are subject to audit.

  • Current PPA Module topic areas (15 preliminary modules have been developed):
    - Peri-Operative Care for Total Hip/Total Knee and Hip Fracture
    - Distal Radius Fracture
    - Herniated Lumbar Disc Treated Operatively
    - Knee Arthroscopy
    - Informed Consent
    - Non-Operative Carpal Tunnel
    - Operative Carpal Tunnel
    - Pediatric Supracondylar Humerus Fracture
    - Non-Operative Ankle Fracture
    - Operative Ankle Fracture
    - Peri-Operative Safety
    - Orthopedic OMT
    - Non-Operative Shoulder Impingement
    - Operative Shoulder Impingement
    - Lower Extremity Long Bone Intramedullary Nailing

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