Everyone Deserves Quality Health Care
By Bonnie Thompson, CHIPRA Grant Family Leader – Massachusetts Family Voices (MFV)
The report “Improving Health Care for Your Child: A Family’s Guide to Children’s Health Care Quality Measurement in Massachusetts” was created to help families learn why and how health care quality is measured for children. This report focuses on health care quality information at different stages of a child’s life, from birth through the teenage years and the measures described look at different aspects of health care, from a child’s well visits to follow-up care for chronic health conditions. It also talks about ways that families can partner with doctors and their office staff to improve the quality of their child’s health care. The health care quality measurement data in this report assists families in making informed choices about their child’s health care.
The development of “Improving Health for Your Child” was funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) through grant funds provided under a Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration grant. Many states, including Massachusetts, received this grant to improve health care quality for children. The grant asked that a report be created for families about the quality of children’s health care in Massachusetts. Mass Family Voices staff assisted CHIPRA partners in creating the report to ensure it was accessible and relevant to families’ needs.
MA CHIPRA partners: The Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services/MassHealth and its partners, Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP), the National Institute for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) received a 5 year CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant in 2010.
To access the Improving Health for Your Child guide, visit: http://healthcarecompassma.org/learn_more/details/?content_item_id=87