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Under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), 10 demonstration grants were funded to establish and evaluate a national quality system for children’s health care which encompasses care provided through the Medicaid program and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Under the five-year demonstration grants, States were allowed to partner and target quality health improvements for children under the following grant categories:

Category A: Experiment with, and evaluate the use of new measures for quality of Medicaid/CHIP children’s health care;

Category B: Promote the use of health information technology (HIT) for the delivery of care for children covered by Medicaid/CHIP;

Category C: Evaluate provider-based models which improve the delivery of Medicaid/CHIP children’s health care services;

Category D: Demonstrate the impact of the model electronic health record (EHR) format for children on improving pediatric health, and pediatric health care quality as well as reducing health care costs; and

Category E: Create a model targeting healthcare delivery, coordination, quality, or access.

 CHIPRA Year 4 Update

Under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), 10 demonstration grants were funded to establish and evaluate a national quality system for children’s health care which encompasses care provided through the Medicaid program and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  From 2010 to 2015, the CHIPRA quality grant is funding Florida and Illinois activities to experiment with and evaluate the use of quality measures for children’s healthcare (Category A), promote the use of Health Information Technology in measuring and improving children’s health (Category B), support and evaluate innovative, provider-based models (medical homes) for delivering children’s health care (Category C), and implement a quality improvement collaborative focused on improving perinatal and early childhood healthcare (Category E).  The State recently released a brief update on Year 4 activity, which ended in February 2014.  Read more…

Florida and Illinois CHIPRA Grant Activities and Goals

From 2010 to 2015, the CHIPRA quality grant will fund Florida and Illinois activities to:

• experiment with and evaluate the use of quality measures for children’s healthcare (Category A),

• promote the use of Health Information Technology in measuring and improving children’s health (Category B),

• support and evaluate innovative, provider-based models (medical homes) for delivering children’s health care (Category C), and

• implement a quality improvement collaborative focused on improving perinatal and early childhood healthcare (Category E).

Florida and Illinois are using this grant to improve health outcomes for children in both states by greatly enhancing access to information for use by providers, consumers, and state agencies. Better information about quality allows both states to promote and improve quality through its purchasing of care for children and by creating incentives in future managed care contracts.

Both states are working with their physicians, hospitals, community health centers, and other health care providers on quality improvement initiatives to improve birth outcomes, lower the burden of disease, and reduce health care costs. In addition, the grant supports work already underway to spread a medical home model of care for children throughout the states, and to monitor and improve the quality of care delivered through the medical home.

 

For more information, please see the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act.
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If you have questions or comments about CHIPRA, please contact:

Dru O’Rourke
Manager, Medical Home Initiatives
dorourke@illinoisaap.com
312/733-1026 ext 207
Gwen Smith
IL Project Director, CHIPRA Quality Demonstration
Gwen.Smith@illinois.gov
217-557-5438