The Oregon Pediatric Society is committed to supporting meaningful quality improvement in pediatric primary care across the state. The Standing QI Committee meets regularly to scan the local and national environment for best practices, partnerships, practice-level tools and resources that can be made available to members and the broader community. OPS plays a leadership role in several key efforts.
Quality Improvement Initiatives in Oregon
The Oregon, Alabama, Maine, and Ohio Chapters were selected to participate in the Chapter Quality Network Asthma Pilot Project (CQN). The AAP program provided these chapters with tools, resources and ongoing technical support from a quality improvement consultant to lead a QI effort to improve asthma care. This opportunity was available through the generous support of the Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. (MCAN). The Oregon Asthma project is led by Dr. Sandra Miller of Oregon Medical Group in Eugene, Oregon and involved 11 practices across the state. CQN demonstrated that education about QI processes and support from experts and other physicians can bring about substantial practice changes for motivated practices.
The Screening Tool and Referral Training (START) delivers best practice in standardized developmental screening tool use for well child care and has trained approximately 500 participants from a broad array of disciplines across the state. This training represents a significant quality improvement effort for OPS and is approved by the American Board of Pediatrics for Maintenance of Certification Part 4 credit.
Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership
OPS is a founding member and Executive Committee partner in the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership (OPIP), formed in June 2010 after a year of technical assistance from the Vermont Child Health Improvement Partnership (VCHIP) with support from the Commonwealth Fund. This effort is staffed by the Oregon Health Sciences Department of Pediatrics in partnership with the Child Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative.
Sandra Miller - OPS Quality Improvement Committee Chair