The mission of the Massachusetts Child Health Quality Coalition (CHQC) is to champion and advocate for improved child health quality and measurement in Massachusetts. An innovative, public-private partnership, the CHQC is a neutral convener of a broad set of stakeholders including primary care and specialist providers, parent and family advocates, hospitals, health plans, health professional groups, state and local agencies, community organizations, and policy experts. The CHQC’s goals are to develop a shared understanding of pediatric health quality priorities in Massachusetts and facilitate sustainable gains in child health outcomes and in the health care system.
The CHQC’s action agenda was developed after a gap analysis incorporating data and qualitative evidence, an environmental scan of other activities in the state, and input from all its stakeholders. From the gap analysis, the CHQC identified several priority areas of focus: promoting effective communication and coordination of care, particularly for children with behavioral health needs; building measurement capacity; and identifying initiatives that address both quality and cost to promote improvements in pediatric care.
The CHQC’s activities are currently spearheaded by three active working groups:Care Coordination Key Elements Task Force:
Output: A Care Coordination Key Elements Framework that identifies priority elements developed from families’ desired outcomes of care coordination. These care coordination elements are linked to process, structure, and outcome measures that can be used to monitor their adoption.Communication and Confidentiality Task Force:
Output: Communication Matters: A Guide for Sharing Information About a Child’s Care addresses questions about information sharing and perceived barriers, and compiles communication tools for the various members of the child’s coordination networkMeasure Development Workgroup:
Output: A network of measurement experts who help drive the measurement capacity in the state and lead the recommendation of new care coordination measure concepts for children with behavioral health needs
Advocating For Children's Health
The CHQC advocates for the inclusion of a pediatric focus in health policy and new system design forums where pediatrics is often under-represented. Priorities include the importance of prevention and early intervention, the different considerations for children with special health care needs compared to adults with significant chronic conditions, and the consequences of using adult quality measures that have not been validated for pediatric populations. To ensure appropriate consideration of children’s issues, the CHQC has been actively engaged in policy and planning discussions in the state, including:
Andrew Balder, MD
Senior Medical Director, Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan
Carolyn Langer, MD, JD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer of MassHealth, Director of the Office of Clinical Affairs, Commonwealth Medicine
Executive Director of CHQC, Massachusetts Health Quality Partners
Founding Executive Director of CHQC and Consultant, Massachusetts Health Quality Partners
Project Coordinator, Massachusetts Health Quality Partners
Louise Bannister, RN, JD
Project Director, CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Ayesha Cammaerts, MBA
Project Manager, Government Relations and Patient Safety & Quality, Boston Children’s Hospital
Valerie Konar, MBA
Project Manager, CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant, University of Massachusetts Medical School
The CHQC’s operational home is Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) in Watertown, MA. MHQP serves as a neutral convener, with a long track record of driving measureable improvements in health care quality, patients’ experiences of care, and use of resources in Massachusetts through patient and public engagement and broad-based collaboration among health care stakeholders.
The CHQC’s initial funding is from a five year CHIPRA Quality Demonstration grant awarded to Massachusetts in February 2010. The Massachusetts grant team is led by five partner organizations: MassHealth, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
MA Child Health Quality Coalition: Where are we now? What's next?
May 29, 2013 2:00 PM EST