Forum Session

Quality Measures for Children’s Health: A Place to Start
April 23, 2010


Lisa Sprague, MBA


The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), centered on expanding access to health insurance for low-income children, also incorporated provisions to measure and improve the quality of care delivered to those children. By focusing on children in Medicaid and CHIP—which together provide insurance coverage to nearly 40 million children—the law established a leadership role for federal and state governments in improving children’s health quality. This meeting reviewed the CHIPRA quality provisions; the process whereby a core set of quality measures was proposed, evaluated, and recommended; and what this process revealed about the state of the art of quality measurement. It also considered implementation challenges and the potential for states to become quality leaders.


Jeffrey Schiff, MD, Medical Director, Minnesota Health Care Programs; Mary McIntyre, MD, Medical Director, Medicaid Agency, State of Alabama; Barbara Dailey, Director, Division of Quality, Evaluation, and Health Outcomes, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Slides from the presentation by Dr. Schiff, Dr. McIntyre, and Ms. Dailey are available for download, as are the speakers' biographical sketches.

Related Materials

See also the Forum session on CHIPRA Implementation (March 19, 2010).

For more information on CHIPRA's quality measures, see the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ's) page on children's health care quality.

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