CHIPRA Initial Core Set of Children's Health Care Quality Measures
Initial Core Set of Children's Health Care Quality Measures
The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) included provisions to strengthen the quality of care provided to and health outcomes of children in Medicaid and CHIP. CHIPRA required HHS to identify and publish a core measure set of children’s health care quality measures for voluntary use by State Medicaid and CHIP programs. On December 29, 2009, the Secretary posted for public comment in the Federal Register, an initial core set of 24 children's health care quality measures for voluntary use by Medicaid and CHIP programs. The core set includes a range of children’s quality measures encompassing both physical and mental health.
Updated Child Core Set
The 2015 Child Core Set was released through a December 2014 Informational Bulletin. The CHIPRA legislation provides that the Secretary shall issue updates to the Child Core Set beginning in January 2013 and annually thereafter. CMS worked with the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Measures Application Partnership (MAP) to review the Child Core Set and to identify ways to improve it. A background report contains information on the MAP’s review process, selection criteria, and feedback to CMS.
State data derived from the core measures are part of the Secretary's Annual Report on the Quality of Care for Children in Medicaid and CHIP.
How States Voluntarily Report Child Core Set Measures
States can voluntarily report the Child Core Set measures by using the 2014 Technical Specifications and Resource Manual. A summary of updates to the child core set technical specifications and resource manual for FFY 2014 is also available. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are available to assist states with reporting the Core Set measures for FFY 2014.
More information on reporting the measures for FFY 2014 is provided in the slides for a technical assistance webinar on FFY 2014 Reporting in CARTS (held September 30, 2014).
Other Children’s Quality Measures Initiatives
CMS also has other initiatives that relate to children’s quality measures, including a Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP) and the Pediatric Electronic Health Record Format.
Technical Assistance and Analytic Support Program
CMS is committed to supporting states’ efforts to measure and improve the quality of health care for children and adults enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. To increase the number of states consistently collecting, reporting, and using the Child Core Set measures, CMS established the Technical Assistance and Analytic Support (TA/AS) Program with an award of a contract to Mathematica Policy Research in May 2011. Mathematica – teamed with the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the Center for Health Care Strategies– works with CMS to support states’ child health care quality measurement and improvement efforts. The overarching goals are to increase the number of states consistently collecting and uniformly reporting the voluntary core measures set, and to help states understand how to use these data to improve the quality of care for children. As part of the technical assistance effort, CMS will share promising practices for collecting the core measures with states. For more information, see the Technical Assistance and Analytical Support Program fact sheet.
Questions or requests for technical assistance related to the Child Core Set or quality improvement initiatives can be submitted to MACqualityTA@cms.hhs.gov.
Technical Assistance Webinars
- Developing State-Level Rates for Children's Health Care Quality Measures - October 9, 2012
- Using CAHPS to Better Understand the Quality of Care for Children in Medicaid and CHIP - November 13, 2012
- FFY 2012 Reporting in CARTS - December 6, 2012
- Developmental Screening in the First Three Years of Life: Understanding How to Collect and Use the Child Core Set Measure - June 2013
- FFY 2013 Reporting in CARTS - November 7, 2013
Additional Technical Assistance Resources
- Technical Assistance Brief: Using the Hybrid Method to Calculate Measures from the Child and Adult Core Sets (October 2014)
Quality Improvement Workshop Series
- Getting Started- February 27, 2013
- Developing Aims and Selecting Change Strategies- April 5, 2013
- Measuring and Monitoring Improvement- April 29, 2013
Pediatric Electronic Health Record Format
Section 401(f) of CHIPRA provides for the development of a model electronic health record (EHR) format for children enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP. As existing EHR systems often do not optimally support the provision of health care to children, AHRQ, through an intra-agency agreement with the CMS, is working to develop the model EHR format for children, and demonstrate that it can be readily used and package it in a way that facilitates broad incorporation into EHR systems.
North Carolina and Pennsylvania will evaluate the impact of the model children’s EHR format as part of their CHIPRA Demonstration Grants.
- 2014 Annual Report on the Quality of Care for Children in Medicaid and CHIP
- 2013 Annual Report on the Quality of Care for Children in Medicaid and CHIP
- 2011 Annual Report on the Quality of Care for Children in Medicaid and CHIP
- First Annual Report on the Quality of Care for Children in Medicaid and CHIP