Approved Projects for Physicians with a Relationship with Seattle Children's or Its Affiliates

We are excited to offer opportunities for physicians to learn how to continuously improve the delivery of care to their patients. The following is a list of projects currently approved for ABMS Part 4 MOC credit.

Unless otherwise stated, these projects are only available to physicians with a relationship with Seattle Children's or its affiliates.  

Community Provider Relations – Now Enrolling

The aim of this project is to improve communication between primary care physicians and Seattle Children's Hospital physicians and to decrease the incidence of complaints around communication. The first cycle improved and standardized content on the discharge fax. The second cycle with focus on increasing use of information provided by PCPs to specialists. Participants will be expected to attend three meetings, actively participate in project interventions and assess progress made towards goals. Improvement of communication between inpatient and outpatient providers will lead to enhanced care.

For more information or to participate, contact the MOC team.

CONNECT – Now Enrolling

Data from a variety of sources indicate that opportunity exists to enhance physician connection with patients and their families. Increases in trust and perception of empathy result in greater adherence to treatment and better clinical outcomes. With the myriad demands placed upon physicians, it is a challenge to be fully present with the patient and family. The CONNECT program workshop is designed to provide strategies and tools to enhance physician connections with patients and families by providing tools for being present, establishing trust, and demonstrating empathy within a context of self-discovery and establishment of new habits. This project aims to increase the frequency of the behaviors related to empathy, trust, and presence in individual physicians.

For more information or to participate individually or as a division, contact the MOC team.

Dialogue on Acute Respiratory Tract infections (DART)

The prescribing of antibiotics for childhood acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs) is common in the United States.  In outpatient settings, more than 50% of children diagnosed with ARTIs are prescribed antibiotics.  However, the US prevalence of pediatric bacterial ARTIs (rather than viral) is estimated at 27%, signifying a substantial degree of antibiotic overuse nationwide.  Research has also determined that provider-parent communication during outpatient pediatric visits is a driver of unwarranted antibiotic prescribing.  The DART MOC Project aims to decrease unwanted antibiotic prescribing for specific ARTIs while increasing use of specific communication strategies and parent satisfaction.

Handoff Coaching – Now Enrolling

Effective communication among healthcare workers is crucial for safe patient care. Handoff of patient care between attending physicians is a well-recognized time when miscommunication can occur leading to medical errors. The goal of this MOC project is to develop and implement a standardized attending handoff process that will improve the communication and patient safety for our patients. Participants (handoff coaches) will learn about the best practices for handoffs, help implement and monitor adherence to a standard process for handoffs, learn to provide effective just-in-time feedback and collect data on critical information during handoffs.

For more information or to participate, contact the MOC team.

Increasing Influenza Vaccination Rates for Ambulatory Clinic Patients – Now Enrolling

The overall goal of this project is to improve influenza screening rates in ambulatory settings at Seattle Children's through creating standard work. Specifically, this project aims to 1) achieve an influenza vaccination rate of  90% for all medically fragile populations (as defined by U.S. News & World Report) seen in our outpatient clinics between October 1 and December 31 each year and 2) ensure their status will be documented in CIS.

Participation in this project is limited to physicians who work at Seattle Children's.

For more information or to participate, contact the MOC team

Mechanical Ventilator Weaning

The aim of this project is to decrease median duration of mechanical ventilation by 1 day in mechanically ventilated Seattle Children's Hospital PICU patients by August 2016.  Determining timing of optimal discontinuation of mechanical ventilation (MV) is often difficult.  A weaning protocol for mechanical ventilation is likely to identify patients who are ready to be extubated earlier without increasing the risk of premature extubation.  Physicians enrolled in the project will attend at least three team meetings, actively participate in application and implementation of eVentilator software to generate weaning recommendations as well as review survey data from Respiratory Therapists and Physicians to determine reasonableness of eVentilator recommendations.

Promoting First Relationships in Pediatric Primary Care – Now Enrolling

Pediatric medical providers are trusted and frequent points of contact for parents and have many opportunities to be able to support and strengthen the caregiver–child relationship within their routine pediatric care.  Promoting First Relationships for Pediatric Primary Care is an evidence-based home visiting program developed by UW Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health that has been adapted for pediatric primary care settings through a collaboration with practicing pediatricians. The program offers both the foundational knowledge and the practical skills for medical providers to be able to incorporate relationship-based care into their daily practices. This project aims to increase provider observations, specific skills, and education around parent-child relationships. Participants will attend a one-day workshops and use the PFR Pediatric Visit Checklist over the duration of the MOC. Participants will also meet as a group periodically over the course of the project to discuss how they are incorporating PFR into their clinic visits, share strategies, identify and mitigate barriers to the project, and to identify specific aims for subsequent cycles of this project.

For more information or to participate, contact the MOC team.

Reach Out and Read in the Neurodevelopmental Clinic

Seattle Children's Hospital's Neurodevelopmental Clinic participates in the national Reach Out and Read program that provides children with new books at each medical clinic visit. Reach Out and Read builds on the relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children while encouraging families to read aloud together. When functioning optimally, the program provides books to all eligible children at every clinical visit. Despite intentions to model this aim and practice, practitioners often fail to distribute books consistently due to concerns about time, forgetting or overlooking established protocols. This project aims to improve adherence to established protocols through coaching and evaluation of the process of getting the books to families. All participants will complete the Reach Out and Read online training program as well as participate in committee meetings and presentations based on the national ROAR program's sequenced webinars. Physicians will be responsible for selecting books for their clinic patients, distributing the book and a short family survey during the clinic visit. Peer coaches will act as auditors to observe, evaluate and provide guided feedback regarding clinic staff's adherence to a prescribed checklist.

Rounding Coach – Now Enrolling

The aim of the Rounding Coach Project is to improve patient- and family-centered communication on rounds through peer observation and coaching. Patient- and family-centered care improves patient satisfaction, communication, discharge planning, medical education and patient safety. However, barriers remain. Organizational efforts are needed to improve rounds through adherence to recommendations, linking to patient satisfaction and creating a standard process. Coaches in the 2016 cycle will review data on rounds, perform baseline observations and select new goals for peer coaching and feedback. Participants will need to make a flexible time commitment of six to eight weekday mornings and early afternoons during the project period for rounds observations and coaching. The project will run approximately from February through July.

For more information or to participate, contact the MOC team.


The aim of this project is to improve the early identification of ASD (autism spectrum disorder) and access to ASD-specialized interventions for toddlers 24 months old and younger. This is accomplished by universal primary care provider (PCP) screening at 18-month well-child visits and appropriate referral for early intervention. This project works to mitigate barriers to screening through a one-page checklist for the 18-month well-child visit, a training workshop for physicians, provision of tablets for use by parents in physician/clinic waiting rooms and completion of parental consent forms to facilitate communication between PCPs and early intervention programs. Participating physicians will commit to attending a kickoff teleconference, two follow-up teleconferences and an attestation teleconference. Additionally participating physicians will implement the screening/referral checklist into their 18-month well-child visit, complete self-report surveys on knowledge and practices at baseline and four subsequent time points and attend a two-hour training workshop on the Modified-Checklist for Autism in Toddlers-Revised and Follow Up Interview (M-CHAT-R/F).

Spirometry 360

The mission of Spirometry 360 is to help clinicians succeed in providing the best respiratory care for their patients, including the use of routine diagnostic spirometry as a vital sign. Spirometry 360 achieves this by employing a variety of online communication technologies to deliver spirometry as a distance-training program.

The Spirometry 360 faculty includes a respiratory therapist and generalist as well as specialist physicians with an interest in respiratory medicine, teaching and improving care. The staff includes technical experts in online training, multimedia and other software production, health education and quality improvement.

Although this project is based at the University of Washington in the Department of Pediatrics, participants from across the United States are welcome. Prior participants include physicians from Vashon, Washington; Wenatchee, Washington; McMinnville, Oregon; Burbank, California; Phoenix, Arizona; and Valhalla, New York.

To participate, contact the project leader, Dr. James Stout.