Other Strategies for Quality Improvement

Nine demonstration States are designing and testing models that target health care delivery, coordination, quality, or access.

The National Evaluation reports provide useful insights into their strategies and lessons learned:

 Learn more about other strategies for quality improvement on this page:

Importance of Innovation in States

This category provides States with the opportunity to be creative in their efforts to improve the quality and coordination of health care for children. States often serve as laboratories for the Nation. If a demonstration or initiative is successful in a particular State, then its evaluation could help inform its replication in other States. The goals for these projects are to: (1) implement a new or expand an existing, replicable model of care to improve quality of children's health care, especially for children with special health care needs, (2) learn how best to implement these new models of care, and (3) determine the impact of these models of care on children's health care access and quality.

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Demonstration Project Activities

Nine of the 18 demonstration States are implementing demonstrations in this category: Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Utah, and Vermont. The States' activities, all of which aim to complement work in another grant category, vary widely. Some are working to build partnerships and infrastructures to improve quality of care within and among States; some are focused specifically on developing and using measures to improve quality of perinatal care; and some are implementing a variety of other initiatives.

Partnership and Infrastructure Building

The goals of Vermont's project are to: (1) help an additional 20 States, including Maine, develop sustainable, State-level improvement partnerships and (2) evaluate the implementation, efficiency, and impact of the improvement partnership model. The staff in Vermont who are implementing this project have worked for many years with the National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN), a national effort to extend the network of States that have developed partnerships to improve children's health care.

Based on contributions from multiple public and private stakeholders, including NIPN, Utah and Idaho are working together to implement a State improvement partnership in Idaho that will collaborate with the Utah Pediatric Partnership to Improve Healthcare Quality (UPIQ) to provide leadership, support, and infrastructure for quality improvement initiatives.

Massachusetts is assembling a group of stakeholders, The Massachusetts Child Health Care Quality Coalition, to develop a shared understanding of child health care quality priorities, create a platform for formulating system-wide goals and objectives, and implement activities to support those goals, including new measures of quality. The coalition includes 40-50 senior leaders representing providers, health plans, hospitals, patients, families, and consumer advocacy organizations.

Measures Related to Services for Pregnant Women and Newborns

Florida is working closely with the Vermont Oxford Network (VON), a broad-based committee concerned with Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) and other perinatal care services, to identify care that is not meeting clinical standards and design a project to improve adherence to such standards.

Illinois is working on several perinatal initiatives including: (1) efforts to develop prenatal care guidelines and an associated curriculum for medical schools, (2) a pre-conception risk screening tool and a corresponding training program for prenatal providers, and (3) models of care for high-risk pregnancies.

Other Quality Improvement Strategies

Georgia is implementing a network of certified family and youth peer support specialists to enhance the State's behavioral health workforce. The goal is to ensure that these peer specialists, who will be trained to support youth with serious behavioral health needs and their families, will be easily accessible to families and youth in each region of the State.

Colorado and New Mexico are working on projects that are closely connected to their efforts to implement a new provider-based model through school-based health centers (SBHCs). For this project, they are focusing on efforts to improve preventive care, increase screening rates, and enhance management of chronic conditions.

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Evaluating these Projects

Because the demonstration projects in this category vary in both scope and methods, the national evaluation will analyze information on the implementation and outcomes of each individual project. The team will gather information from interviews and State reports to address the following questions:

  • What model was implemented and how?
  • In what ways did the model complement the State's other projects?
  • To what extent was the model implemented as planned?
  • Did the project achieve its objectives?

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Learn More About the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration

This page summarizes projects that States are implementing under the fifth category (Category E), testing an approach to quality improvement of the State's own design. To learn about the other grant categories, please use the left navigational bar, organized by five areas of focus.  

To learn more about the evaluation of these demonstrations, send an email to CHIPRADemoEval@ahrq.hhs.gov.

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Please note: This Web site uses the term "national evaluation" to distinguish this evaluation of the entire demonstration program from evaluations commissioned or undertaken by grantees. The word "national" should not be interpreted to mean that findings are representative of the United States as a whole.

Page last reviewed April 2014
Internet Citation: Other Strategies for Quality Improvement. April 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/policymakers/chipra/demoeval/other-strategies/index.html