PQMP Centers of Excellence (COEs)


Principal Investigator (P.I.) Center of Excellence (COE)
Gary L. Freed, M.D., M.P.H., Percy and Mary Murphy Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine; Director, Division of General Pediatrics; Director, Children's Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor The AHRQ-CMS CHIPRA Q-METRIC was led by the Department of Pediatrics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Partners included Altarum Institute; HealthCore, Inc; National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions; National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality; Vanderbilt University; Michigan Medicaid; and the American Board of Pediatrics. The AHRQ-CMS Q-METRIC project worked with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Family Voices to ensure involvement of families and patients.
Lawrence C. Kleinman, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Health Evidence & Policy and Pediatrics, Vice Chair for Research and Education, Department of Health Evidence and Policy, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York The AHRQ-CMS CHIPRA CAPQuaM was led by Mount Sinai School of Medicine and employed an innovative and highly engaged approach to measure development. Partners included the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Joint Commission, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality, the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, Oregon Health and Science University, Northwestern University, and the New York State Department of Public Health. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology partnered on the obstetrical measure assigned to the CAPQuaM. The AHRQ-CMS CHIPRA CAPQuaM project worked with New York's Medicaid program and the New York chapter of NAMI, and had representatives from the Partnership for Patient Safety, Consumers Advancing Patient Safety, the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care, and the Consumers Union to ensure involvement of families and patients. Assigned measures included the availability of high-risk obstetrical services; the perinatal inpatient measure: temperature on admission to the special care nursery; and a measure regarding emergency visit use by children with asthma.
Rita Mangione-Smith, M.D., M.P.H., Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington and Investigator, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Seattle Children's Research Institute, Seattle, WA The AHRQ-CMS CHIPRA COE4CCN was led by Seattle Children's Research Institute. Partners included RAND Corporation, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Kaiser Permanente, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, the Community Pediatric Foundation of Washington, the Minnesota State Department of Human Services, the Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation, and Minnesota Family Voices. The AHRQ-CMS CHIPRA COE4CCN project worked with the Washington and Minnesota Medicaid programs, health care providers from the Washington and Minnesota State chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and family and patient representatives from Family Voices of Minnesota to ensure involvement of multiple stakeholders in all phases of quality measure development.
Ramesh Sachdeva, M.S., Ph.D., J.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer, National Outcomes Center, Children's Hospital and Health System, Milwaukee, WI, and Chief Quality Officer, Children's Hospital and Health System of Wisconsin The AHRQ-CMS CHIPRA PMCoE was led by the Medical College of Wisconsin/National Outcomes Center. Partners included the American Medical Association (AMA)-Convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI), American Board of Medical Specialties, American Board of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Thomson-Reuters, TMIT Consulting, LLC, and the Chicago Pediatric Quality and Safety Consortium. The AHRQ-CMS CHIPRA PMCoE project worked with the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services and with the AMA-PCPI Consumer-Purchaser Advisory Panel, the AAP collaboration with Family Voices, and the National Partnership for Women and Families to ensure involvement of families and patients.
Sarah H. Scholle, Dr.PH, Vice President, National Committee for Quality Assurance The AHRQ-CMS CHIPRA NCINQ was led by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Partners included Nationwide Children's Hospital; New York State Department of Health; New York State Office of Mental Health; American Academy of Pediatrics; Rutgers Center for Health Services Research on Pharmacotherapy, Chronic Disease Management, and Outcomes; Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; and the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health. The AHRQ-CMS CHIPRA NCINQ project worked with clinical settings serving disadvantaged children, including Children's Health Fund, the New York City Health Department's Primary Care Information Project, and Hudson River HealthCare, as well as eight State Medicaid/CHIP programs (New York, Illinois, Florida, Minnesota, Oregon, Alaska, West Virginia, and Colorado) and CHIPRA quality demonstration grantees in Illinois and Florida. The AHRQ-CMS CHIPRA NCINQ had representatives from the National Partnership for Women and Families, Family and Youth Voices, Mental Health America, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health to ensure involvement of families and patients.

Mark A. Schuster, M.D., Ph.D., William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, and Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Health Policy in the Department of Medicine at Children's Hospital Boston

The AHRQ-CMS CHIPRA CEPQM was led by Children's Hospital Boston (CHB). Partners included Harvard Medical School, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Harvard School of Public Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, RAND, Mathematica Policy Research, and the University of Massachusetts Boston. CEPQM also worked with Atrius Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Cambridge Health Alliance, Children's Hospital Association, Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, Mass Health (Medicaid/CHIP), Pediatric Physicians' Organization at Children's, and the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network. CEPQM's efforts were also informed by several external advisory groups including a Scientific Advisory Board with representatives from CHB, the larger Harvard community, and organizations such as the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality; and a National Stakeholder Panel, with representatives from a diverse group of national organizations representing payers, providers, patients/families, and health services researchers, including Family Voices, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Hospital Association. CEPQM also benefited from a partnership with the Massachusetts Child Health Quality Coalition, comprising representatives from academic, State, and community institutions, as well as parents and patient advocates, such as the New England Alliance for Children's Health, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Public Schools, and the Parent/Professional Advocacy League to ensure involvement of families, patients, and community members.
Jeffrey H. Silber, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Center for Outcomes Research, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Professor of Health Care Management at the Wharton School.
(Co- Principal Investigator: Christopher B. Forrest, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)

The AHRQ-CMS CHIPRA CHOP was led by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Partners included Medicaid/CHIP leadership from several States including Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Jersey; as well as the State University of New York at Stony Brook (SUNY), Temple University, the Nemours Children's Hospital, and the University of Colorado (participating institutions of the Pediatric EHR Data Sharing Network (PEDSNet), and the Center for Health Care Strategies. The Center of Excellence at CHOP/UPENN also collaborated with the Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), which provided insight from families and children who experience Pennsylvania's public insurance programs.


Page last reviewed June 2018
Page originally created May 2017
Internet Citation: PQMP Centers of Excellence (COEs). Content last reviewed June 2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/pqmp/grants/centers-of-excellence.html