The Child Health Quality Coalition is committed to the development and use of a robust set of pediatric quality measures to improve care coordination for children. Our activities in this area were guided by our Measure Development Workgroup, which was charged with identifying gaps in existing quality measures and developing, testing, and recommending new pediatric quality measures.
Based on our gap analysis research, the workgroup focused its efforts on developing quality measures related to care coordination for children with behavioral health needs. Staff at Boston Children’s Hospital tested six of the eight new measures recommended or developed by the workgroup. Overall, they reported that the pilot was successful. It would be worthwhile to expand testing to a larger group of providers to assess broad based use of the measures to assess providers’ success in determining the need for and providing care coordination for children with behavioral health needs.
Going forward, there is tremendous need to continue advancing the development, testing, and use of pediatric quality measures related to outcomes and processes of care. As we collectively seek better measures of population health, we will need to ensure that children and families are included as an important population.