AHRQ and CMS Award 13.4 Million To New Pediatric Quality Measures

Added on Oct 20, 2016

AHRQ and CMS Award 13.4 Million To New Pediatric Quality Measures
Industry Edge October2016

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced awards totaling $13.4 million in funding over four years to six new Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP)grantees focused on implementing new pediatric quality measures developed by the PQMP Centers of Excellence (COEs). State Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and other public and private programs, as well as providers, plans, patients and families, will use the pediatric quality measures to evaluate and improve the quality of children’s health care.

AHRQ and CMS established the PQMP in 2011 under Title IV of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act with the goal of increasing the portfolio of evidence-based, consensus pediatric quality measures available to public and private purchasers of children’s health care services. The initial phase funded seven COEs to develop new and innovative pediatric quality measures. The following eight measures were developed as a result:

In this next phase, the six PQMP grantees—the University of California, San Francisco; the University of Michigan; Seattle Children’s Hospital; the National Committee for Quality Assurance; Boston Children’s Hospital; and the University of Florida—will implement and test these measures in real-world settings. Their goal is to assess the feasibility and usability of the new measures within the Medicaid and CHIP patient populations at the state, health plan and provider levels to support performance monitoring and quality improvement.