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Evaluation of the Improvement Partnership Model

Through funding from Maine and Vermont’s CHIPRA Quality Demonstration grant, AcademyHealth, the professional society for health services researchers, policy analysts and practitioners based in Washington DC, will conduct an evaluation of the Improvement Partnership model. The purpose of the evaluation is to understand whether the Improvement Partnerships have made measurable improvements in the quality of children’s healthcare that have resulted in impacts on delivery system costs and child and adolescent health outcomes. The evaluation will be conducted through 2013.

Following the “triple aim” of better healthcare, better health and lower cost, research questions include:

  • Have Improvement Partnerships made measurable improvements in the quality of children’s healthcare in their states through completion of successful quality improvement projects and/or through policy recommendations?
  • Where has the work of Improvement Partnerships met a certain threshold of intensity where it is reasonable to think that the effects of this work can be seen in population-level health and cost outcomes?
  • What are the health and cost outcomes for children in states where the work of Improvement Partnerships has met this threshold of intensity? How do the outcomes compare with states with an Improvement Partnership whose work has not yet met the threshold or states that do not yet have an Improvement Partnership?

To respond to these questions, data will be collected and analyzed at the project and population levels.

A committee made up of national experts in research and healthcare quality and measurement will be convened to serve an advisory capacity to this evaluation.


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