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OCC Requirements Before December 31, 2015

As we enter the last few months of the 2013-2015 CME cycle, it is time to remind all certified orthopedic surgeons of the Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements that must also be completed by the December 31, 2015 deadline to remain in compliance with OCC.  

Your ability to practice may be at risk for non-compliance with Osteopathic Continuous Certification.  If you hold a time-limited certification, you are required to participate in all components of OCC to maintain your certification. 

OCC has two requirements that must be completed within each three year CME cycle.  

  • Component 4 – Practice Performance Assessment
  • Component 2 – Lifelong Learning – New OCC Requirements within CME

Component 4- Practice Performance Assessment
Each physician in OCC must engage in continuous quality improvement through the comparison of their personal practice performance measured against national standards for orthopedic surgery.

Component 4 is a NEW (January 2013) requirement for maintaining board certification in orthopedic surgery.

The Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement component is module based, requiring the completion of one module during each three-year CME cycle.  The AOBOS has developed the PPA modules in conjunction with the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO).

Fifteen (15) modules are available in following topic areas:

  • 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

Each module is 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.

Each PPA module completed will be awarded 10 Category 1-B CME credits and 10 Self-Assessment credits.

New OCC Requirements within CME
Each osteopathic board certified orthopedic surgeon must fulfill a minimum of 120 hours of CME credit during each three-year CME cycle.  Of these, 50 hours must be in the orthopedic surgery specialty area.  Specialty CME may be from Category 1 or 2. 

Specialty CME will be awarded for the completion of Component 4 – Practice Performance Assessment modules.

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

As a new OCC lifelong learning/CME activity, you are required to complete 15 credits of self-assessment activities. 

The AOBOS considers the following activities as counting toward the self-assessment modules of CME for OCC:

  • AOBOS Practice Performance Assessment Modules – 10 self-assessment CME credit for each module completed
  • Orthopedic Surgery related Journal articles with post-tests
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) or Journal of Bone and Joint Self-Assessment Tests

Physicians holding subspecialty certification must earn a minimum of 13 specialty hours in the subspecialty area of certification.

Additional OCC Information
AOBOS Board members will be available to answer your OCC questions at the AOAO’s Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO at the OCC Booth in the Exhibitor’s Hall.
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/ 

Check out the OCC Corner in each new edition of the Orthopod for updates to OCC.

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