• Survey
  • August 1, 2016

2016 Children’s Hospital Survey on Accountability Programs and Quality Measures

Survey and accompanying documents


The Children’s Hospital Association launched a survey on hospitals' exposure to measures of accountability for pediatric health care. It is the first in the nation designed to give a comprehensive list of accountability measures used by children's hospitals. 

The survey was sent to contacts at CHA member hospitals. It is accessible from August 1 through September 19, 2016.

Specifically, CHA is looking at the types of existing measures, the related "accountability" programs (e.g., value-based purchasing, unit-level score cards), and how the measures are used to make judgments and decisions (e.g., payment, reward, recognition, accreditation, or selection).

CHA also seeks to understand the opportunities for and barriers to using measures, and the commitment to performing well in these accountability programs by looking at how the programs are structured and the internal and external incentives to participate.

Who should fill out the survey

All CHA member hospitals may take the survey. Point(s) of contact at each hospital received a survey link and login information. More than one person at your organization may contribute to the survey, and we encourage you to collaborate with your colleagues to produce an accurate submission. Find the point(s) of contact at your hospital.

How CHA will use the survey

CHA will use the collected program and measure information to:

  • Establish the first national and searchable list of accountability programs and measures used by children’s hospitals  
  • Advocate better for children’s hospitals and the need for meaningful measures
  • Identify promising measures and consider mechanisms to position them for broader use (e.g., endorsement by the National Quality Forum)
  • Report on trends (current and future) in the participation in various accountability programs and use of measures among children’s hospitals
  • Define or identify quality policy and measurement priorities and gaps

Only aggregate data will be shared. Specific hospital responses and identifying information will be kept confidential. 

How you can use the survey results

The survey and resulting report is available at no cost to participating hospitals. Aggregated results will be shared with all CHA member hospitals in 2017. 

With this data, you can:

  • Gain new insight into accountability programs across our children’s hospital industry
  • Access a level of detail not obtained with any previous survey on measures
  • Plan your own accountability programs and the supporting measures
  • Support your journey to deliver outcomes and value-based care


CHA took submissions from August 1 through September 19, 2016.