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National Improvement Partnership Network

National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN)

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The National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN) is a network of over 20 states that have developed Improvement Partnerships to advance quality and transform healthcare for children and their families. An Improvement Partnership is a durable state or regional collaboration of public and private partners that uses the science of quality improvement and a systems approach to change healthcare infrastructure and practice. Vermont’s Improvement Partnership, the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP), provides leadership to NIPN.

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Current Funding

NIPN is supported by funding from Maine and Vermont’s Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration grant which is funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The goal of the demonstration is to establish and evaluate a national quality system for children’s healthcare, inclusive of care provided through the Medicaid program and CHIP. To learn more about the program and participating states’ initiatives, click here.

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States are Developing Improvement Partnerships

Since 2003, a growing number of states have adopted an Improvement Partnership program as part of their state’s strategy to improve the quality of care provided to children and families. VCHIP, along with other NIPN states, provides technical assistance and mentorship to states wishing to form an Improvement Partnership. Read more

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Evaluation of Improvement Partnerships

VCHIP, through a contract with AcademyHealth, is evaluating the impact of the Improvement Partnerships on pediatric healthcare quality, health outcomes and costs. Read more

Last modified December 17 2014 10:10 AM