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J Healthc Qual. 2008 May-Jun;30(3):51-5.

National Quality Forum issue brief: strengthening pediatric quality measurement and reporting.


National efforts to spur quality improvement through public reporting and pay for performance have to date focused largely on the adult population, but now there is growing interest and momentum to include pediatric measures in the effort to promote accountability and improvement in the care that is delivered to America's children. Four leading national pediatric organizations recently came together to form the Alliance for Pediatric Quality (the Alliance), an organization that works to identify and encourage the adoption of pediatric quality measures suitable for quality improvement and public reporting. The National Quality Forum (NQF) already has endorsed more than a dozen quality measures specific to pediatric care, and another two dozen pediatric measures currently are under review. Together, these efforts reflect increased resolve to bring pediatric care into the fold of pay-for-performance and public reporting initiatives, and they offer much promise for driving rapid improvements in the quality of healthcare for children.

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