Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) and its member hospitals are grateful to National Quality Forum (NQF) for its commitment to taking a concerted look at pediatric measures of quality for endorsement consideration. Yesterday, NQF announced it will be evaluating “measures related to child health that can be used for accountability and public reporting for all pediatric populations and in all settings of care” through a project supported by the Department of Health and Human Services.
This is an important next step in the process of getting pediatric measures adopted and used by the broader health care community. CHA plans to participate in the process by nominating committee members and commenting on proposed measures.
Many of the measures under consideration are the result of nearly five years of work by children’s hospitals participating in the Pediatric Quality Measures Program which Congress created under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 and has extended twice, most recently in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The program aims to lower costs and improve care for children and pregnant women by developing, refining and implementing measures of pediatric health care quality.
View the NQF release for the full announcement additional details.
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