With partners, Center for Health Policy and Research wins $8.77 million CHIPRA grant

Feb. 22, 2010 — The next several years will bring better health care quality and delivery systems to children enrolled in Medicaid and the Massachusetts Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — thanks to grant funding from the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA).

In partnership with four other organizations, the Center for Health Policy and Research won an $8.77 million CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant, with funding to be received over the next five years. During the first year, CHIPRA will provide $1.49 million to the Center and its partners:

  • MassHealth
  • Children’s Hospital Boston
  • Massachusetts Health Quality Partners
  • National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality

This collaborative team will undertake several core activities over the next five years. First, the team will apply and evaluate children’s health care quality recommendations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Comparative quality performance reports will be made available to providers, families, and policymakers. Second, learning collaboratives and practice coaches will be used to support the process of transforming pediatric practices into medical homes that engage families and children as members of the health care team. The grant will also help to enhance outcomes, particularly for children with targeted conditions such as Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, asthma, and childhood obesity. Finally, the grant will establish a statewide coalition to advise on monitoring and improving quality of care for children.

Awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the CHIPRA grant gives the Massachusetts the opportunity to leverage existing state initiatives to create a child-centered approach to health care service delivery, with the goal of helping all children reach their full potential as adults.

CHIPRA provided a total of $100 million to 10 states. The money will help states implement and then evaluate provider performance measures. It will also enable them to utilize health information technologies such as pediatric electronic health records and other quality improvement initiatives.

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