CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Project

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About CHIPRA | Child Health Measures | Health Info Technology | Medical Home
| Improving Birth Outcomes | How to Get Involved

In early 2010, the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration as the lead, and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services as the partner, were awarded one of ten Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration Grants by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). ICAAP is proud to be involved in this important work and will be working with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and  national partners, Health Management Associates (HMA) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), throughout the five-year CHIPRA grant period.

The CHIPRA statute mandates the experimentation and evaluation of several promising ideas related to improving the quality of children’s healthcare in a number of specific demonstration grant areas. Illinois is undertaking a coordinated approach with existing efforts in the State and will focus on the following grant areas between 2010 to 2015:

Category A: Child Health Measures

The primary purpose of this grant category is to experiment with and/or evaluate the use of new quality measures for children’s health care, including the set of 24 core child health measures released by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in January 2010 as part of the 2009 CHIPRA legislation. The core measures address the duration of enrollment and health care coverage, preventive and health promotion services, the treatment and management of acute and chronic conditions in children, as well as assessment of families’ experience with health care, the availability of services, and care in the most integrated health settings. It is envisioned that the measures will be used voluntarily by state programs and ultimately provide an estimate of the overall national quality of health care for children.[...more]

Category B: Health Information Technology

Efforts to establish Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) and enlist practices to use electronic medical records (EMRs) are ongoing through separate state and federal initiatives.  The CHIPRA Demonstration Grant will connect with those activities to ensure that child health quality reporting, tracking, and quality improvement activities are integrated [...more]

Category C: Medical Home

Building on the foundation and successes that Illinois has had with Illinois Health Connect, the state’s Primary Care Case Management program, Illinois will be evaluating and furthering the quality of children’s health care utilizing the medical home model.   ICAAP will be working with up to 200 practices to support them in building a medical home and improving care for specific child health outcomes under Category C of CHIPRA.   [...more]

Category E: Improving Birth Outcomes

Grantees in this category were required to develop specific plans in first year to test promising solutions to address problems in health care coordination with specific focus on the delivery, access, and quality in the area of healthcare for children at a level beyond those specifically addressed in other demonstration grant categories. Illinois is focusing on improving birth outcomes, specifically reducing pre-term births.  Efforts will include publishing minimum care standards for prenatal and interconception care and measuring compliance [...more]

How to Get Involved

Implementation activities for the Illinois CHIPRA project are underway.   ICAAP welcomes feedback and input from pediatricians, family physicians and others regarding each of the areas listed above [...more]


If you have questions or comments about CHIPRA, please contact:

Dru O’Rourke
Manager, Medical Home Initiatives
312/733-1026 ext 207

Gwen Smith
IL Project Director, CHIPRA Quality Demonstration

These CHIPRA project webpages were developed under grant CFDA 93.767 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.