Important information about CHIPRA core set of recommended health care quality measures released
Research Activities, July 2011, No. 371
The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) legislation required a core set of recommended health care quality measures to be identified for voluntary use by State Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Programs, which together cover almost 40 million American children and adolescents.
In a special May-June supplement to Academic Pediatrics, noted authorities presented critical insights into the issues surrounding the initial core set and key concepts for improving children's health care. In the introductory article, "The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act Quality Measures Initiatives: Moving Forward To Improve Measurement, Care, and Child and Adolescent Outcomes," AHRQ's Senior Advisor, Child Health and Quality Improvement, Denise Dougherty, Ph.D., and co-authors describe the current environment in children's health care, noting that children make up 26 percent of the nation's population and account for 1 in 6 health care dollars, yet only receive 47 percent of the recommended clinical care.
Go to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21570012 to access the abstract on PubMed.® Go to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21570024 to access a second AHRQ abstract in the special Supplement, "Transforming Children's Health care Quality and Outcomes—A Not-so-Random Non-Linear Walk Across the Translational Continuum." Reprints are available by sending an E-mail to AHRQPubs@ahrq.hhs.gov.