Advancing the Science of Measurement in Pediatric Quality of CareThe Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) of 2009 provides an opportunity to consider and enhance the measurement of children's health care quality as a means to improve child health.1 The legislation required the identification of an initial child core set of measures for voluntary use by Medicaid/Child Health Insurance (CHIP) programs. The initial child core set was published in 2009, and after its most current update in 2014, the list now includes 23 pediatric measures.
Measures of Availability of Health Care Services for ChildrenThe Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) mandates that measures of availability of child health services be included in the recommended core measurement set. The objective of this work was to review and evaluate measures of availability of child health services for potential inclusion in the initial core set of health care quality measures as mandated by CHIPRA.
Children With Special Health Care Needs: A Celebration of Success!This special issue of Academic Pediatrics represents a celebration. We honor the careers of several people, the leadership of the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB), and the achievements of a large number of experts who have helped to improve health care for children with special health care needs (CSHCN). We acknowledge the lessons learned regarding the care of this population, and we recognize the challenges that remain. We celebrate these children and their families.
Health Care Reform for Children: Views From the Academic Pediatric AssociationNational public opinion polls indicate that a majority of Americans favor expanding the federal government's role in regulating health care to ensure coverage for all Americans.1 Polls conducted prior to the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act indicate that an increasing number of Americans were not satisfied with the proposed health care reforms.2,3 National physician surveys indicate that most physicians also believe that a larger portion of the population should have health insurance coverage and favor expanding the government's involvement to achieve this.