Best Practice Guidelines
WIAAP strives to reduce variability in healthcare through research, development, and implementation of best practice guidelines for pediatric professionals to improve overall healthcare for children and their families. Best practice guidelines are the driving force behind quality improvement in medicine and most professionals in the medical home can rely on ongoing quality measurements from their healthcare systems to complete their quality projects.
The Wisconsin Perinatal Quality Collaborative
The Wisconsin Perinatal Quality Collaborative (WisPQC) formed in August 2014. Its mission is “to improve perinatal health outcomes and equity across the continuum for all women and infants in Wisconsin.” WisPQC members, which includes WIAAP, are various health care organizations and agencies. Currently, WAPC provides administrative support and leadership to WisPQC through a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Through WisPQC, Wisconsin has the opportunity to leverage the energy of like-minded local, regional, and statewide organizations to form a lasting structure that will formally and systematically improve the quality of perinatal care and outcomes. Current WisPQC initiatives include Maternal Hypertension and Human Milk Feeding. The Wisconsin Chapter is represented on this collaborative by Dr. Nina Menda, neonatologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Interested in becoming a member of WisPQC? Get more information and access the registration form.
Maternal Child Health
In April 2017, plans began for a statewide quality network on Maternal and Child Health in Wisconsin. An umbrella network supporting and coordinating the work of collaboratives in child, adolescent, and perinatal health will build upon the successes of the Wisconsin Perinatal Quality Collaborate (WisPQC). Comprising the advisory council of the initiative are member organizations from the Wisconsin Collaboration for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ), health plans, public and private health entities and government agencies. WIAAP’s president, Dr. Mala Mathur, and executive director, Kia LaBracke, both serve in this group.
A key motivation for the group is pursuing change in reporting pediatric data for Wisconsin’s federal block grant for the Maternal Child Health Division, including developmental screening, well-child visits and HPV vaccination rates. Additionally, the group will consider the perspective on improving care for children and youth with special healthcare needs (CYSHCN). The driving principle of the effort is that physicians and systems will trust performance data, and this collaborative will impact change.
If you would like more information on this collaborative, please contact Dr. Gabrielle Rude.
HPV Vaccination Rate Increase
Made possible through a grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (CCC), the Illinois and Wisconsin chapters of the AAP are hosting an innovative virtual learning collaborative pilot. The goal is to increase HPV vaccination rates through strong provider recommendation and other proven interventions in pediatric primary care practice. The project is led by Drs. Mala Mathur, WIAAP president, of UW Health, and Raj Naik, WIAAP board member, of Gundersen Health. They are leading over 100 providers who have begun charting their immunization rate data, bolstered by online live and archived webinars with access to content experts and fellow participants. Clinicians who complete the project will earn 20 MOC Part IV credits.
At the close of the first cohort’s efforts at the end of September, we will offer the opportunity for individuals to complete the project as a self-directed enduring educational activity.
MOC Part IV Credits (QI)
WIAAP is committed to providing our members with quality improvement projects offering MOC credits to eligible physicians.
Pediatrician Performance in Practice of Maintenance of Certification requires that practicing pediatricians demonstrate competence in systematic measurement and improvement in patient care as approved by the American Board of Pediatrics (American Board of Pediatrics) Physicians must attest to Meaningful Participation as part of a QI Project. Meaningful Participation is defined by the ABP as involving both an active role in the project, and participation over an appropriate period of time. The ABP approves QI projects in which pediatricians are active participants in implementing change.
WIAAP understands that pediatric professionals face a special set of obstacles in achieving their MOC Part IV accreditation as most established measurements are focused on adult diseases. Pediatricians enrolled in Maintenance of Certification can only choose from a very limited list of quality modules in order to complete their MOC IV requirements. These modules tend to be mostly busy work and rarely provide key improvements to practice.
The Wisconsin Chapter strives to find ways to make the existing modules meaningful while creating key strategic partnerships aimed at developing purposeful pediatric measurements of care. There are many steps involved in developing these programs, but our outlook is very strong. We have established a Quality Improvement committee to keep our initiatives moving forward and we will communicate any upcoming programs as they are developed.
WIAAP strives to create Quality Improvement programs that allow for meaningful participation by all pediatric professionals. Our administrative team works closely with board members, the AAP, and other AAP chapters to offer interactive conferences, online community networks, webinars, and other resources to help pediatricians gain MOC credits. WIAAP purposefully designs QI programs to be engaging for participants, ensuring MOC accreditation as well as meaningful interaction with strategic priorities for the health and wellness of all children.