Official Title: QUICKSTEPS: Quality Improvement and Care for KidS Through Electronic ProgramS (with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and Department of Insurance)
Project Leads at CHOP: David M. Rubin, M.D., M.S.C.E. and Marsha Gerdes, Ph.D.
Project Team at CHOP: Elizabeth Brooks, M.P.H., M.S.S.P., Anthony Luberti, M.D., Robert Grundmeier, M.D., Lisa Biggs, M.S., Trude Haecker, M.D., Jonathan Crossette, M.P.H., James Guevara, M.D., M.P.H., Christine Taylor
Supported by: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Dates: February 2010 – February 2015
The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) included $100 million to be awarded to states as ten federal CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grants. The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and Department of Insurance (DPW/DOI) received one of these grants to improve the quality of health care services for children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. Pennsylvania’s objective is to create QUICKSTEPS (QUality Improvement and Care for KidS Through Electronic ProgramS) to improve health outcomes and reduce costs through the use of a pediatric electronic health record that includes pre-visit screening capabilities, a referral linkage system, and continuous evaluation by core pediatric quality measures. CHOP is one of seven health systems across Pennsylvania partnering with DPW/DOI on this effort.
Reporting and analysis of the pediatric core quality measures is ongoing. The electronic screening and referral linkage components are gradually being implemented in 12 pilot CHOP primary care practices, which will be followed by data collection and evaluation phases. The entire project runs through 2015.
Given the recent American Academy of Pediatrics and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for standardized screening at pediatric primary care visits, this project will evaluate barriers to the use of standardized screening tools and electronic screening methods for families with children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP.
The CHIPRA work will also identify barriers to the collection and analysis of the pediatric core quality measures to inform future quality measurement reporting initiatives in pediatric health care.
Luberti A, Brooks E. Linking patient questionnaires to the EHR: Making optimal use of the waiting room. Poster presentation at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference Physicians’ IT Symposium, New Orleans, LA, March 3, 2013.
Luberti A, Brooks E. Electronic screening in pediatric primary care. Presentation at the Epic Systems Corporation Annual Users’ Group Meeting, Madison, WI, September 2012.
This document was developed under grant CFDA 93.767 from the U.S Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The contents, however, do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.