As required by the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), Title IV, Sec. 401, the Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP) was established to increase the portfolio of evidence-based, consensus pediatric quality measures available to public and private purchasers of children's healthcare services. The aims of the PQMP have been carried out through two phases of grants, the first focusing on developing new and enhanced pediatric measures to improve children’s quality of care and the second on measure dissemination and implementation.
PQMP Phase 1 Centers of Excellence: In 2011, through Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) "CHIPRA Pediatric Healthcare Quality Measures Program Centers of Excellence (U18)" [RFA HS-11-001], AHRQ and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) jointly awarded seven cooperative agreement grants totaling $64 million to Centers of Excellence (COEs), which included multiple entities across the United States. Forming a broad coalition of consumer stakeholders, health services researchers, and State agency partners to inform its work, each COE developed pediatric quality measures across diverse areas and tested the performance of these measures against specific criteria identified in the CHIPRA legislation (PDF).
PQMP Phase 2 Centers of Excellence: In October 2016, AHRQ and CMS announced awards totaling $13.4 million (allocated over 4 years) to six PQMP grantees. Recipients of the second round of cooperative research grants continue the aims of PQMP by assessing the feasibility and usability of the newly developed PQMP-COE measures at the State, health plan, and provider levels.
All grants were administered by AHRQ and funded by CMS.