The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) has done it again. They just keep doing excellent work. (Can't believe there are those who want to do away with them). AHRQ has just made available a great website resource for Network faithful that focuses on the 18 states that were funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve health care quality and delivery systems for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Funded by the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), the Quality Demonstration Grant Program aims to identify effective, replicable strategies for enhancing quality of care for children. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is leading the national evaluation of this program.
As a group, the 18 demonstration States are implementing 51 projects in five general categories:
- Using quality measures to improve child health care.
- Applying health information technology for quality improvement.
- Implementing provider-based delivery models.
- Investigating a model format for pediatric electronic health records (EHRs).
- Assessing the utility of other innovative approaches to enhance quality.
Through this Web page, you can find information about these projects and the national evaluation. Specifically, you can select the various tabs and information boxes to learn more about:
- The projects that each demonstration State is implementing (select Learn About the Demonstration States).
- The specific projects being implemented under each of the five categories (select one of the five specific strategies for quality improvement, such as Using the Core Set of Children's Quality Measures).
- Reports that the national evaluation team and the State-specific evaluation teams have produced on specific evaluation topics and questions (select Reports & Resources).
- Our approach to the national evaluation, including the evaluation design and methods (select More about the Evaluation).
- New findings, events, and publications from the national and State evaluations (select What's New?).