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ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

The Children’s Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation, was formed in the summer of 2007 for the purpose of improving health outcomes for children by fostering a stronger culture of quality improvement within pediatric care through meaningful change and actionable measures. The Foundation desires to be the means for pediatricians in our community to improve the quality of care within their practice, to raise consumer awareness on health issues, and to achieve better children's health outcomes in the community. The Foundation provides coordinated quality improvement initiatives, adoption of standards and measures for children's health care as well as education about those standards and measures. These are accomplished through the Children's Health Alliance's pediatric community and collaboration with insurers, government, employers, pediatrics and other healthcare providers.

The Foundation and Children’s Health Alliance share certain members of the Board of Directors. However, any activity related to the Foundation is for the purpose of quality improvement, education, and the spread of best practices within the community.

Overview

The Children’s Health Foundation (CHF) is a 501(c)(3) corporation which leads pediatricians in their efforts to improve the quality of care within their practice, to raise consumer awareness on health issues, and to achieve better children's health outcomes.

CHF assembles leading pediatricians to declare clinical initiatives and rapidly develop, test and spread practical and sustainable improvements in pediatric care. CHF is staffed with a highly effective blend of roles including physician, process engineering, quality improvement and analytical experts who are effective in championing the development and analytics of Foundation programs; thereby enabling pediatricians and their practices to focus on implementation of care delivery processes and enhancing the quality of patient care.

Mission

Improve health outcomes for children by fostering a stronger culture of quality improvement in pediatric care through meaningful change and actionable measures.

Supporting Pediatricians to Improve Patient Care

Pediatric Clinical Quality Improvement: Leadership, facilitation, education, development, implementation, analytical support.

Analytical Support: CHF provides practice level reports and analytical support for all of its quality initiatives.

Maintenance of Certification Credit: Obtained for pediatricians participating in CHF programs with ABP endorsement.

Educational seminars and training: Raising awareness through educational seminars provided to the pediatric community on health care topics such as immunizations, quality improvement methods, asthma education, etc.

Distinguishing Pediatric Practices: Adding credibility and visibility to practices with the Children’s Health Foundation branding.

Current Programs and Certifications

  • Asthma Care Management: Rapid implementation of NHLBI guidelines and measurements via a web-based Pediatric Asthma Registry. Endorsed by ABP for 40 pts of MOC Part4 Credit.
  • Childhood Immunizations: Protocol for increasing rates and reporting results. Endorsed by ABP for 40 pts of MOC Part4 Credit.
  • Adolescent Immunizations: Increase rates & report results.
  • Pediatric Care Management: Learning collaborative to develop roles and competencies and implementation strategies to accelerate implementation of pediatric medical home and engage with health and community programs.
  • Pediatric Population Management: Improve patient-centered care and pediatric practice management through population identification, segmentation and needs assessment based on Medical Complexity, Patient Functioning & Family Factors.

Improving the Quality of Children’s Health

The Children’s Health Foundation has a history of success engaging each of our current 100 pediatricians in meaningful and measurable health care quality improvement. CHF is a unique organization whose charter is to partner at the grass roots level with pediatricians and their practices to identify practical and meaningful change that can be implemented across our pediatric community to raise the standard of patient care. CHF provides coordinated quality improvement initiatives with education and adoption of standards and actionable measures for children’s health care. Measureable improvements have been achieved within one year of implementation in areas including: developmental screening, childhood immunizations, and asthma care management.

Asthma Care Management

CHF supports pediatricians in the delivery of top quality pediatric asthma care and proactive management of the population of children with asthma. During the course of our program 100% of the 125 pediatrician members of the Foundation attended training on the current NIH/NHLBI clinical asthma guidelines, and pledged participation in a rigorous asthma care management improvement initiative which included measurement of six clinical care metrics and utilization of a newly developed pediatric asthma patient registry. In the first year of rapid cycle adoption of practical tools and workflows, transparent measurement and continuous improvement, the 125 pediatricians achieved impressive results across all asthma measures. After three years, results have steadily increased and CHF pediatricians have collectively raised the bar on pediatric asthma care to a level rarely matched anywhere in the country.

Immunization Rate Improvement

CHF supports pediatricians in their efforts to improve Childhood and Adolescent Immunization rates. Through the measurement of specific reasons identifying why two-year-olds are not up-to-date on immunizations, practices are able to target improvement in workflows based upon actionable data. CHF practices have significantly increased two-year-old immunization rates and have applied their impressive successes to the Adolescent population, which focuses on the completeness of immunizations for patients who have turned 13.

Pediatric Care Management for Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs

CHF supports pediatricians in enhancing or formalizing their care delivery models to support effective operation as a pediatric primary care medical home. The pediatric provider plays an important role in caring for children with the most complex physical and psycho-social conditions. These families need a high functioning pediatric medical home that effectively delivers top quality care as well as promotes their ability to effectively self-manage their children’s needs.

CHF is facilitating a multi-disciplinary Pediatric Care Management Improvement Collaborative (PCMIC) to engage innovators from over twenty leading pediatric practices as well as guests from pediatric medical and community programs in monthly education, problem solving and development of solutions to advance care management in pediatrics. Collaborative topics have included:

  • Identification and Segmentation of Pediatric Population
  • Care Management Competencies & Roles
  • Assessing the Needs of the Child and Family
  • Team Approaches to Patient-Centered Care
  • Care Coordinator Networking
  • Medical Home Certification Standards, Documentation and Workflows
  • Patient Centered Care Plans for the Medical Home
  • Pre-visit Planning
  • Family Surveys and Well Visit Planners

Pediatric Population Management

CHF programs assist pediatricians in delivering top quality pediatric care while optimizing practice operations and aligning with policy and payment requirements. Understanding patient & family needs is critical to fostering the highest levels of care, and in marketing private practice pediatricians to consumers and payers.

CHF has developed methodology and tools for pediatricians to segment their patient population based on the amount of support the child and family needs for optimal self-management and overall health. Considerations include medical complexity, patient functioning and family factors. Each of these elements contributes to the type and amount of medical and health management support that children/families need from their provider and pediatric practice care team. Analysis of this information enables improved patient-centered care, optimization of practice resources, and influence over payment and policy reform.