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Cardiology Practice Improvement Pathway (CPIP)

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The ACC's Cardiology Practice Improvement Pathway (CPIP) is a practice-level performance improvement program designed specifically to enhance and instill quality in cardiovascular practice.

What is CPIP?

CPIP provides a platform for practices to evaluate themselves against a comprehensive measure set designed to support the delivery of cardiovascular care that achieves the six national quality aims identified by the Institute of Medicine (IOM): safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered (STEEEP).

The CPIP program is closed to new registrants. Existing participants may log on to access their data and complete the pathway until May 18, 2013 when the CPIP closes and access is no longer available.

Learn how participating practices benefit from CPIP:

Incentives/ Benefits

Through participation in the CPIP, practices receive immediate feedback on performance and tools for improving and re-assessing practice performance in targeted areas and can apply their assessment and improvement activities toward two incentive options:

  1. The CPIP is approved through the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Approved Quality Improvement (AQI) Pathway and is eligible for 20 points towards the Self-Evaluation of Practice Improvement requirement for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). It takes approximately 12-months to complete CPIP for MOC.
  2. Practices can apply for the Bridges to Excellence Cardiology Practice Recognition endorsed by the ACC.

Bridges to Excellence Cardiology Practice Recognition

The Bridges to Excellence (BTE) Cardiology Practice Recognition endorsed by the ACC quantifies quality in cardiology practice and is intended to standardize the methodology for recognizing, rewarding, and publicly reporting achievement of performance thresholds established jointly by the ACC and BTE. To achieve recognition, practices must apply for recognition by submitting their CPIP data to BTE's performance assessment organization for evaluation. Practices that achieve at least 60 of 100 available points are awarded a two year BTE recognition status.

For additional information, please contact cpip@acc.org.

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