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Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement

Course Description

THIS IS AN ONLINE ACTIVITY. Hard copies are not available.

Member price: $220.00 | Non-member price: $290.00

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Interested in enrolling as a group in a PPAI activity? Learn more.

 The American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA’s) Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA®) Part 4 is titled Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement (PPAI).

One PPAI activity is a Case Evaluation–based performance improvement activity.

A case evaluation requires the collection of data from clinical outcomes or patient feedback, comparison to evidence-based practice guidelines, an educational activity, the design and implementation of a plan to improve outcomes, and assessment of the success of the interventions. All of these steps are facilitated by the electronic format of this ASA PPAI program.

NOTE: Care should be taken in selecting the appropriate PPAI topic. You will be required to provide actual data from patients’ charts in a secure environment. Please be sure to select a topic that is relevant to your practice.

There is a minimum 60-day wait period after creating your performance improvement plan (Stage 2), to implement the plan and collect 10 new cases. Please account for this 60-day wait period requirement to ensure your MOCA diplomate deadline is met.

PPAI courses fulfill the Case Evaluation requirement of Part 4 of the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA®)  of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA® requirements.

Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® and MOCA® are registered certification marks of The American Board of Anesthesiology®.

*ABA diplomates enrolled in MOCA

  • MUST have their ABA ID number on file with ASA. See Update Profile Tutorial for directions on adding/verifying your ABA ID number on your Education Center profile.
  • MUST claim the maximum number of credits at each stage (for a total of 20 continuing medical education credits) to fulfill MOCA® requirement for PPAI.

Faculty & Credentials:

Disclosures:  Dawn Dillman, M.D., Kevin W. Hatton, M.D., Mohammed Minhaj, M.D., Edward J. Park, M.D. and Francine S. Yudkowitz, M.D. have reported no financial relationships with commercial interests. Leslie Jameson, M.D. reported financial relationships with Masimo, consulting fees & honoraria, and GE Medical, honororia. Richard P. Dutton, M.D., M.B.A. reported financial relationships with Sangart, Inc., consulting fees.

ASA Staff: Employees involved in planning have reported no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Resolutions of Conflicts of Interest

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME, the American Society of Anesthesiologists will implement mechanisms, prior to the planning and implementation of this CME activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of this CME activity.


The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

Core Competencies:

Practice-based learning and improvement

Target Audience:

ABA diplomates enrolled in MOCA or any anesthesiologist interested in performance improvement

Required Hardware / Software:

This program uses the following Web-based technologies: Flash, JavaScript, AJAX, and pop‐up windows. Subscribers need to be sure to set their browsers to allow these technologies to function on their computers before using this program. This program was tested using the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8–9 and Firefox 3.x on Windows platforms, and Firefox 3.x and Safari 3.x–5.x on Macintosh platforms. Performance on other browsers and/or platforms may vary. Adobe Reader is also required. NOTE: This program is NOT supported on iPad.