Center of Excellence for Pediatric Quality Measurement (CEPQM)

The Center of Excellence for Pediatric Quality Measurement (CEPQM) at Boston Children's Hospital is dedicated to advancing the quality of children’s health care.

CEPQM was created as one of the Centers of Excellence funded through the national Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP) by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2011. As a Center of Excellence, our initial purpose was to increase the portfolio of evidence-based, consensus-approved, pediatric quality measures available to public and private payers, providers, and consumers.

From 2011-2016, we developed the following measures:

  • Child Hospital CAHPS (Child HCAHPS) Survey
  • 30-day Readmission Measures (Readmissions), All-Condition and Lower Respiratory Infection
  • Adolescent Assessment of Preparation for Transition (ADAPT Survey) Survey
  • Children with Disabilities Algorithm (CWDA)
  • Global Assessment of Pediatric Patient Safety (GAPPS) Trigger Tool

In 2016, CEPQM applied for and received a competitive renewal grant to continue its work. In this new phase, CEPQM aims to partner with states to efficiently implement measures, enhance measures where warranted, and identify key performance gaps, and partner with hospitals to use our measures to drive quality improvement (QI) activities. CEPQM is partnering with Massachusetts and New York health departments and hospitals to test two of our measure sets (Child HCAHPS and Readmissions) to ensure validity, feasibility, and usability; to further develop strategies to streamline data collection and measure reporting; and to use performance data to define quality improvement goals, develop interventions, and assess intervention effects. We are leading a multi-hospital learning collaborative to create shared knowledge of successful QI strategies to improve patient experience and reduce readmissions.

To learn more, see Leadership and Measures.

Please contact us with questions and comments at CEPQM@childrens.harvard.edu.