Operations & Performance Improvement

Children’s hospitals face huge challenges to improve patient outcomes, decrease costs and transform the delivery of care – like offering more coordinated care – while maintaining training programs for the next generation of pediatricians and specialists. Our resources help hospitals improve operational efficiency, including the environment of care and patient satisfaction, and drive costs out of the health care system.


Press Release
Children's Hospitals Anticipate COVID-19 Vaccinations for Kids Ages 5-11 Pending Authorization
October 20, 2021

CHA is partnering with the Biden Administration help coordinate the safe, equitable and effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5-11 pending authorization.

Leader’s Perspective: Adapting to the New Supply Chain
October 19, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe disruption in the global supply chain. Consumers and businesses alike are feeling the crunch, and children’s hospitals are not immune to the supply chain pressures.

COVID-19: Policy Resources for Children's Hospitals
October 15, 2021

This resource hub is designed to help you track policy-related resources helpful to your work during the COVID-19 crisis.

Leadership Tip: Channel Your Inner Leader
October 13, 2021

The key to avoiding burnout is to nurture your inherent leadership skills.

Announcement or News
National Awareness Campaign on Pediatric Capacity
September 21, 2021

We have launched a national campaign highlighting the 'perfect storm' of COVID, RSV, mental health issues and staffing challenges that children's hospitals are facing.

Leadership Tip: Addressing Staff Shortages
September 21, 2021

COVID-19, with a recent uptick in pediatric cases, has amplified staffing shortages across health care systems. Children's New Orleans used creative thinking to address it.

Pediatric Researchers Monitor SARS-CoV-2 Mutations and COVID-19 Variants
September 9, 2021

As the coronavirus evolves, health authorities across the world rely on the work of pediatric researchers who use genomic sequencing to track mutations.

Leader’s Perspective: How to Handle Increasing Pediatric COVID-19 Cases
September 9, 2021

With schools opening and flu season on the horizon, children’s hospitals should plan for even higher numbers of cases.

Unpredictable Offseason RSV Surge a Challenge for Children’s Hospitals
September 1, 2021

Loosened mask and public gathering restrictions in 2021 led to an unpredictable offseason surge of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) with fewer—and increasingly burned out—staff members on hand to help care for an influx of patients.

Improving Clinical Care for Kids With Autism
August 31, 2021

A pre-visit questionnaire, EMR markers and clear guidelines give providers the support they need to care for patients on the autism spectrum.

Leadership Tip: 2 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Staff
August 24, 2021

Asking staff from across an organization to identify the key challenges and opportunities remain pivotal to effective management, according to Cook Children's Health System CEO and President, Rick Merrill.

Analysis or Summary
CMS Releases CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Seeking to Expand Access to Tele-mental Health Services
August 20, 2021

We developed draft comments on the CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule.

Press Release
Joint National Hospital Association Statement on COVID-19 Vaccinations for Health Care Workers
July 27, 2021

CHA joins other national hospital associations urging COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers.

Pediatric Vaccine Researcher Talks COVID-19
July 23, 2021

Pediatric researchers are at the center of the effort to vaccinate the world against COVID-19.

Changing Leadership Roles in Children's Hospital C-suites
July 23, 2021

Children’s hospital leadership teams and their roles are evolving so their organizations can stay ahead, achieve their goals and do what they do best—caring for others.

Children’s Hospitals Collaborate on Behavioral Health, Quality and Data
July 23, 2021

Together, we can pursue our goals to improve children’s health.

Building Greater Equity in the Health of Children
July 23, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic and social justice movements of the last year led children’s hospitals to renew focus on their roles in building greater health equity in the care of children.

Press Release
Children's Hospital Association Encourages COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for All Children's Hospital Personnel
July 23, 2021

CHA encourages children's hospitals to require vaccinations for employees.

Improving the Patient Transport Experience for Kids in Crisis
July 19, 2021

Nationwide Children's Hospital created a "safe car" for behavioral health-related patient transports, helping to reduce stigma and ease anxiety.

Dismantling Structural Racism for Children's Well-being
July 13, 2021

Here’s how those who work at children’s hospitals can renew focus on building equity for the children, families and the communities they serve.

Leader's Perspective: Pediatric Geneticist Delivers Difficult Diagnoses with a Personal Touch
July 1, 2021

Pediatric geneticist delivers difficult diagnoses with a personal touch.

Kamishibai Card Rounding Helps Prevent Hospital Acquired Infections
June 23, 2021

Using lean tools, a new program fosters rounding with a purpose, improves bundle compliance and hopes to prevent patient harm.

Leadership Tip: Seek Opinions from All
June 15, 2021

The key to planning a successful initiative lies with hearing and heeding voices from across your organization.

Children's Hospital Facilities: Special Infrastructure for Kids
June 14, 2021

Children's hospitals require specialized programming, support services, staff and facilities to accommodate the needs of children.

Researchers Uncover How Severe Post-COVID-19 Disease in Children Develops
June 8, 2021

A new study shows how viral particles linger in the gut, potentially causing MIS-C.