AHRQ, CMS funnel $13.4M into testing, implementing new pediatric quality measures

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and CMS will award approximately $13.4 million in funding to six new Pediatric Quality Measures Program grantees. These grantees will receive the funding over the next four years and will focus on implementing new pediatric quality measures developed by the program's centers of excellence.

Established in 2011 by AHRQ and CMS, the PQMS aims to increase the portfolio of evidence-based, consensus pediatric quality measures available to healthcare stakeholders. The PQMS has previously funded seven centers of excellence to develop new pediatric quality measures. Now, six new grantees will be tasked with implementing and testing these newly developed measures.

"The PQMP Centers of Excellence provided us with valid measures of children's health care quality. This next step of research will help us test these measures in real-world settings," said AHRQ Director Andy Bindman, MD, in a statement. "The ultimate goal is to improve children’s health through better healthcare, at lower costs, at both the federal and state level."

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