Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP): Dissemination and Implementation of Child Health Quality Measures Cooperative Research Grants (U18)

Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP): Dissemination and Implementation of Child Health Quality Measures Cooperative Research Grants (U18): RFA-HS-16-002

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Purpose

The FOA invites cooperative agreement applications to support the dissemination and implementation of a subset of new child health quality measures developed by the Pediatric Quality Measures Program-Centers of Excellence (PQMP-COE) in key pediatric measurement and quality improvement (QI) gap areas through the work of multi-disciplinary partnership teams.  These teams include pediatric measure developers, QI and systems experts, state Medicaid/CHIP programs, health plans, provider-level organizations, and other key stakeholders.

The partnership teams will have two key goals focused on assessing the feasibility and usability of the new PQMP-COE measures within the Medicaid/CHIP patient populations at the state, health plan, and provider levels to support performance monitoring and QI through: (A) field testing, refinement, data collection, and reporting on new measures; and (B) use of performance data from the measures to define QI goals and test multilevel improvement strategies.

Background

Together, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) serve more than 43 million children annually, representing more than 1 in 3 children in the United States.  Medicaid/CHIP play a key role in ensuring that low-income children get health care coverage, access to a comprehensive set of benefits, and other medically necessary services.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working closely with states, health plans, and providers to ensure a high-quality system of care for children in Medicaid/CHIP.

The AHRQ-CMS Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP) is a central component to the overall HHS strategy for implementing Public Law 111-3, the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), to support state Medicaid/CHIP agencies in collecting and reporting on a core set of standardized child health quality measures (“Initial Core Set” now called the “Child Core Set”) in alignment with other quality measures collected by states, health plans, and providers. The primary goal for Child Core Set–and more broadly the implementation of pediatric quality measures–is to achieve better care, a healthier population, and affordable care as identified in the HHS’ National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care.

As identified in CHIPRA Title IV, Sec. 401, the PQMP was established to increase the portfolio of evidence-based, consensus pediatric quality measures available to public and private purchasers of children’s health care services.  This current FOA to continue the work of the PQMP is funded through Public Law 114-10, effective April 16, 2015, and known as “The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015” (MACRA), Section 304(b).

The initial phase of the PQMP focused on developing new and enhanced pediatric measures to improve children’s quality of care through cooperative agreement grants with the PQMP-COEs. This new phase of the PQMP builds on the work previously completed in the first phase [see: http://www.ahrq.gov/policymakers/chipra/pqmpback.html] with a shift in focus to disseminating and implementing the PQMP-COE measures.  More specifically, the new phase of work will focus on assessing the feasibility and usability of the newly-developed PQMP-COE measures at the state, health plan, and provider levels.  Overall, this effort will build knowledge and evidence to support performance monitoring and QI for children in Medicaid/CHIP by: increasing the number of new measures being implemented and reported at multiple levels (state, health plan, and provider) in key gap areas; informing efforts to streamline data collection and reporting processes; and supporting states to drive improvement in health care quality using the Child Core Measures and the PQMP-COE measures.

SOURCE: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 5/27/16. Application: 6/28/16 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.

$ AVAILABLE: AHRQ intends to fund up to six awards, corresponding to a total of $3,350,000 for fiscal year 2016.

ELIGIBILITY: * Public or nonprofit private institution, such as a university, college, or a faith-based or community-based organization;

* For-profit private institution;

* Unit of local or state government;

* Eligible agency of the federal government (as determined by HHS policy);

* Indian/Native American tribal government (federally recognized and other than federally recognized.)

* Indian/Native American tribally designated organization;

* Hispanic-serving Institutions;

* Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs);

* Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs);

* Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions;

* Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs).

PURPOSE: The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites cooperative agreement applications to support the dissemination and implementation of a subset of new child health quality measures developed by the Pediatric Quality Measures Program-Centers of Excellence (PQMP-COE) in key pediatric measurement and quality improvement (QI) gap areas through the work of multi-disciplinary partnership teams. These teams include pediatric measure developers, QI and systems experts, state Medicaid/CHIP programs, health plans, provider-level organizations, and other key stakeholders.

CFDA: 93.226

CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HS-16-002.html

From Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality email,

Subject(s) children’s health, health promotion/wellness

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