A healthy childhood sets the stage for good health and quality of life in adulthood. For the first time in several years, NQF will take a concerted look at child health measures. Many of these measures are the result of years of work by the Centers of Excellence in Pediatric Quality Measurement, which aimed both to develop new measures and refine current ones in high-priority areas.
Health Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) accelerated interest in
pediatric quality measurement and presented an unprecedented opportunity to
improve healthcare quality and outcomes for the nation’s children, including
the almost 40 million children enrolled in Medicaid and/or the Children’s
Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIPRA also established the Pediatric Quality
Measures Program. The program, with support from the Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
(CMS), funded seven Centers of Excellence to develop and refine child health
measures in high-priority areas.
After years of
concerted effort, a cohort of these child health measures is now ready for NQF
review and endorsement consideration.
The Pediatric Measures project adds to a growing body of NQF work in child health measures.
In 2014, the Measure
Applications Partnership (MAP) provided input to the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services on how to strengthen the core set of healthcare measures
used to monitor and improve the quality of services provided to children
enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP, which extends coverage to children in low- and middle-income
families. The MAP Medicaid Child Task Force recently completed an annual review
of the Child Core Set; a report is due to CMS at the end of August.
Contact Suzanne Theberge with questions or feedback.
Suzanne Theberge with questions or feedback.
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