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Performance in Practice: Practice Assessment Tool for the Care of Patients With Eating Disorders


Completion of Step A, B, and C in sequence is designated by American Psychiatric Association for 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  This activity is approved by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) for Continuing Certification Clinical Module.

The Practice Assessment Tool for the Care of Patients with Eating Disorders PIP draws on the structure and content of the American Psychiatric Association Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Eating Disorders. In addition to providing key evidence-based recommendations that relate to the assessment and treatment of eating disorders, the PIP tool is also intended to provide a simple retrospective chart review tool for physicians to determine whether their own assessment and treatment practices are consistent with the latest evidence-based recommendations.

The American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Improvement in Medical Practice/Performance in Practice (PIP) clinical modules are designed to meet the requirements of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) Continuing Certification. PIP clinical modules are intended to assist in physicians’ evaluation of the quality of care provided in their practice, compared with national benchmarks, and to facilitate practice improvements through the incorporation of best evidence or consensus recommendations to improve patient care.

There are three steps involved in each PIP unit:

Step A: Initial Assessment: the baseline retrospective chart review of at least 5 patients in a specified category, which is then compared with “published best practices, practice guidelines, or peer-based standards”

Step B: Identify and Implement Improvement: the design and implementation of a practice improvement plan; and

Step C: Reassessment: subsequent remeasurement via a second chart review of 5 patients within the same category within 24 months after the initial chart review.

Educational Objectives

By completing the clinical module, physicians will:

  • Utilize an eating disorders screening tool to assess a patient for a possible eating disorder.
  • Apply a systematic approach to evaluating features of an eating disorder using the recommendations of the APA Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients with Eating Disorders.
  • Choose a psychotherapeutic approach for a patient with an eating disorder using the recommendations of the APA Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients with Eating Disorders.

Target Audience

Psychiatrists participating in continuing certification and other psychiatrists in clinical practice; psychiatric residents and fellows; physicians who wish to improve their knowledge of clinical psychiatry and patient care; all clinicians interested in substance screening.

Estimated Time to Complete

Duration: 20 hours
Begin Date: January 8, 2024
End Date: January 8, 2027

How to Earn Credit

The PIP Modules follow a three-stage Performance Improvement CME structure that takes place within a 24-month period. The complete module, three stages in sequence within 24 months, earns the participant a total of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 credits ™.

Use the "View All Events" tab to navigate through the three steps of the course.

  • In Step A - Chart Review: the physician compares his or her current practice (through a review of chart documentation) to guidelines and measures provided for the topic area. No patient/chart data is submitted. (5 credits)
  • In Step B – Improvement: based upon the results of chart review, the physician then selects an area where improvement is needed and documents his or her strategy for improvement. This improvement plan is for the personal use of the physician and is not submitted to the APA. Educational resources are suggested that can assist with the improvement plan, however, any educational activities relevant to the improvement plan can be used. During Stage B, the physician implements the educational plan for a recommended period of at least 30 days or as long as the doctor deems necessary. (5 credits)
  • In Step C – Reassessment/Second Chart Review: the physician reassesses his or her performance with review of 5 patient charts and determines the results of his or her performance improvement effort. These can be the same 5 patients, or a new group of patients seen since beginning the PIP activities. Again, the physician retains all patient/chart data (5 credits). 

Continuing Education Credit

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by American Psychiatric Association (APA) and American Professional Agency, Inc. APA is jointly accredited by the American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses

Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The American Psychiatric Association designates this PIP CME activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABPN Continuing Certification: Improvement in Medical Practice (PIP)

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has reviewed the PIP: Practice Assessment Tool for the Care of Patients with Eating Disorders and has approved this program as a Performance in Practice Clinical Module (continuing certification) which is mandated by the ABMS as a necessary component of Continuing Certification

APA reports continuing certification completion data on behalf of our members directly to ABPN, however, diplomates are still required by ABPN to log on to their ABPN Physician Portal at least once per calendar year to attest to completion of their continuing certification activities.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

All planners and authors report no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Program Planners

  • Laura Fochtmann, M.D., SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Stony Brook University


  • Laura Fochtmann, M.D., SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Stony Brook University

Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

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Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC:Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh:Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 01/08/2027
Cost: Member: $0.00
Non-Member: $399.00
Medical Student: $0.00
Resident Fellow Member: $0.00
Credit Offered:
20 CME Credits
20 COP Credits
Contains: 3 Courses
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