About

Welcome to the ACP Practice Advisor®

In 2005, the American College of Physicians (ACP) obtained a grant provided by The Physicians Foundation to create the Center for Practice Innovation. The purpose of the Center was to provide both on-site and remote support to a pilot group of 30 small internal medicine practices across 14 different states interested in improving their practice – both clinically and operationally.

At the end of the two-year project, the ACP team decided that the model of in-practice support was very expensive and time-consuming – and that we could not reach as many practices with just an in-practice model of support. Therefore, the team turned our attention to building an interactive online program to provide remote guidance for entire practice teams. With initial grants from Pfizer and UnitedHealth Foundation, version 1.0 of the ACP Practice Advisor was launched in July 2009. Additional grants from Pfizer supported new features introduced in 2010, including a series of webinars and new features (user-contributed videos and a discussion forum). By mid-2010, over 1,500 practices had started using the Practice Advisor and interest continued to grow. Therefore, the ACP team decided that a new, more robust and full-featured product was needed; hence, the creation of the ACP Practice Advisor, version 2.0 that launched in July 2011.

ACP Practice Advisor 2.0

While preserving the key elements that made version 1.0 a success, this iteration of the Practice Advisor introduces new features, functions, and management tools.

There are six groups of modules:

  1. Building the Foundation 

    These modules address the key attributes and expectations of Patient-Centered Medical Homes according to the major national recognition and accreditation entities. This guidance is also applicable to all practices and specialties interested in providing patient-centered care, even if not seeking qualification as a PCMH.

  2. Improving Clinical Care 

    These modules help practices apply the attributes of patient-centered care to improve the health of people and populations with specific conditions or clinical concerns.

  3. Managing Your Practice 

    These modules help practices deliver efficient and effective care by providing tools and resources that support the day-to-day operations of a well-functioning practice. 

  4. Maintenance of Certification 

    Each of these modules qualifies for 20 ABIM Maintenance of Certification Self-Evaluation of Practice Performance points. 

  5. Specialty Practice Recognition

    These modules address the key attributes and expectations of specialty and sub-specialty Patient-Centered Medical Homes according to NCQA. This guidance is also applicable to all specialty and sub-specialty practices and specialties interested in providing patient-centered care, even if not seeking qualification as a PCMH.

  6. Free Modules & Free MOC Modules

These modules are available for free access due to grant funding or being available to allow users to experience using a module.


Each of the Practice Advisor modules is composed of four parts: 

  1. Introduction
  2. Background material
  3. ACP Practice Biopsy
  4. Resource Library

The ACP Practice Biopsy utilizes a five-point Likert scale to provide a detailed analysis of a practice’s status for each module. Further, version 2.0 includes built-in data management and analysis tools with an option to upgrade to a Premium license for larger groups or multi-location practices.

"Improving Clinical Care," new for this version of the Practice Advisor, contains modules designed to help practices organize around particular conditions or clinical situations – not about how to treat a specific disease. Some of these modules qualify for ABIM Maintenance of Certification Self-Evaluation of Practice Performance. When appropriate, there are links to clinical resources and more in-depth quality improvement initiatives such as ACP’s QI Program offerings, which are qualified for Maintenance of Certification and Continuing Medical Education.

Also new for this version of Practice Advisor, "Managing Your Practice" contains modules addressing common challenges in day-to-day practice in the areas of front desk operations, billing/coding, and other topics such as OSHA/Blood- Borne Pathogen training and safety issues.

The ACP Practice Advisor was built on an intuitive platform, but we recommend contacting us to schedule for a live demonstration here.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), click here.

We welcome your recommendations and comments: practiceadvisor@acponline.org.