Pediatric Quality Measures Program
Asthma and sickle cell disease (SCD) are two chronic conditions associated with increased pediatric mortality, morbidity and health care utilization in the United States. The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), in partnership with the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP), the Pacific Sickle Cell Regional Collaborative (PSCRC) and the California Health Institute has created the “IMPLEmenting MEasures NeTwork (IMPLEMENT) for Child Health.” The IMPLEMENT network will evaluate, in multiple states, two sets of quality measures recently developed by the Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP) in asthma and SCD.
Our Specific Aims are:
Feasibility: Assess the feasibility of implementing the PQMP measures within the Medicaid patient populations. We will partner with Medicaid or state agencies in 4 states (CA, OR, VT, MA). Feasibility will be based on the measurement burden in implementing the PQMP quality measures and whether significant differences can be measured at the state, health plan, or provider level.
Usability: Assess the usability of the PQMP measures in driving and defining quality improvement (QI) goals for asthma (in CA, VT) and for SCD through the Pacific Sickle Cell Regional Collaborative (in CA, OR, NV, AZ, WA, AK, ID, HI).
Dissemination: Promote the dissemination of our work by submitting the quality measures that meet endorsement criteria to the National Quality Forum (NQF). Use the National Improvement Partnership Network to share our findings.