Pediatric patients and their families often experience health care differently from adult patients. Understanding the unique quality issues in children’s health care was the focus of the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) grant program, which was awarded in 2010 to a coalition of healthcare organizations in Massachusetts, including MHQP.
Awarded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the grant, which ended in 2015, gave the state a unique opportunity to rally organizations interested in improving pediatric healthcare quality. Specifically, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services/MassHealth and its partners—Boston Children’s Hospital, the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and MHQP—used the CHIPRA grant to pursue three important goals.
The Massachusetts Child Health Quality Coalition (CHQC) champions and advocates for improved child healthcare quality and measurement. The CHQC also serves as a neutral convener of child health stakeholders in the state, and facilitates a shared understanding of pediatric healthcare quality priorities across Massachusetts.
Testing the feasibility of core measures of pediatric healthcare quality and reporting the results were primary goals of the CHIPRA grant program. The resulting reports represented the first time that many of pediatric quality measures were reported. The reports compared data from the Medicaid (MassHealth) and commercial health plan populations and gave providers, policymakers, and families the opportunity to look at the quality of pediatric care across the state.
Through the CHIPRA grant, eight new quality measures were identified to support improvements in care coordination for children with behavioral health needs. Many of these measures are being field-tested. Please check back here for more information, including the results of the field test.