Practice Performance Measurement

Practice performance measurement addresses the organization and promotion of safe and high quality care. The purpose of this section is to provide tools and strategies to help evaluate physician performance and the patient/family perspective regarding the quality of their care. Collecting data on performance, sharing these data with clinicians, staff and families and being transparent with patients and families will help drive medical home improvement. Please note that this page provides additional resources as to what is provided in the Practice Performance Measurement section of the Building Your Medical Home toolkit.

What is Quality Improvement?

The Institute of Medicine has identified six dimensions of quality which include care that is effective, efficient, equitable, timely, patient-centered, and safe. Quality can be viewed from both a clinical and operational perspective:

  • Clinical quality improvement focuses on the scope of improvement of clinical outcomes.
  • Operational quality includes the business operational aspects of healthcare delivery in practices.
  • Other dimensions such as equitable care, patient access, and patient-centered care further expand the scope of quality.

The Model for Improvement, the Plan Do Study Act [PDSA] model, is extensively utilized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement [IHI]. The PDSA model has been successfully applied in several inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings to improve clinical quality and patient outcomes. However, in addition to clinical improvement using the PDSA model, there are other business models for quality that can significantly impact operational quality in healthcare. This includes the LEAN methodology which aims at eliminating waste in processes to enhance efficiency. In contrast to methodologies that aim to improve existing healthcare processes, Management Sciences offers a proactive approach of using operations research to improve flow, revenue, and safety in hospital and clinic office settings.

Further, quality improvement results occur as a product of teamwork. Teamwork involves a set of skilled cross-disciplinary interactions that are learned, practiced and refined to provide better care delivery management, promote safety, and enhance outcomes. 

The commitment to quality improvement is implicit in the Academy's mission of promoting the health and well-being of all children. The Academy has enhanced its range of programs, resources, and tools, as well as its relationship with external agencies and organizations to decrease the quality gap and provide optimal health care quality to all children. For more information on quality improvement at the Academy, click here.

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Further Reading

  • Medical Home Transformation in Pediatric Primary Care--What Drives Change?
    This study published in the Annals of Family Medicine reports on 12 primary care practices seven years after participation in a national learning collaborative. These practices report the following attributes as essential to sustain transformation: a quality improvement team process, family-centered care, a model of team-based care, and the provision of care coordination. In spite of improvement challenges, family and professional satisfaction remains strong in the practices.
  • A Triple Aim Practice for Children with Special Health Care Needs
    This issue brief published by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health combines two approaches to improving medical care for children—the medical home and “Triple Aim”—and outline a “Triple Aim Medical Home” as a way for pediatric practices to improve care and lower health care costs.
  • National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care (National Quality Strategy)
    This strategy, issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), was called for under the Affordable Care Act and is the first effort to create national aims and priorities to guide local, state, and national efforts to improve the quality of health care in the US. Priority areas include effective care coordination and person-and-family centered care for all children and adults.

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Measurement Tools

Measuring Medical Homes: Tools to Evaluate the Pediatric Patient- and Family-Centered Medical Home PDF
Developed on behalf of the National Center for Medical Home Implementation by Rebecca A. Malouin, PhD, MPH, this monograph presents various tools available and in use to identify, recognize, and evaluate a practice as a pediatric medical home. Because no one tool is recognized as the de facto tool to assess pediatric practices, a review of the relative merits of existing tools will help inform purchasers, payers, providers, and patients in evaluating pediatric practices.


American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Resources

  • Quality Improvement—Quality Measurement
    This page highlights the continued AAP efforts to monitor national efforts on quality measurement and is participating with other organizations to develop, review or endorse pediatric quality measures.
  • Education in Quality Improvement for Pediatric Practice (EQIPP)
    EQIPP courses are designed to help pediatricians identify and close the gaps in  practice using practical tools, document  improved quality care on a continuous basis, earn CME credit, and meet MOC Part 4: Performance in Practice requirements all at once. By using EQIPP, a pediatrician can collect data to measure current levels of care at baseline and improve care through Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) cycles.
  • Quality Improvement Innovation Network (QuIIN)
    The mission of the QuIIN, a network of practicing pediatricians and their staff, is to improve care and outcomes for children and families. QuIIN does so by using quality improvement science to test practical tools, measures, and strategies for use in everyday pediatric practice, the child's medical home, as well as by informal assessment that provides practicing pediatrician perspective into evidenced based recommendations and tools for implementation. QuIIN quality improvement projects use QI science, including measurement.


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Resources

  • Care Coordination Accountability Measures for Primary Care Practice PDF
    This report presents selected measures from the Care Coordination Measures Atlas divided into two sets: Care Coordination Accountability Measures (from the patient/family perspective) and Companion Measures (from the health care professional and system perspectives; ie, self-assessment).
  • Child Health Care Quality Toolbox
    Concepts, tips, and tools for evaluating the quality of health care for children.
  • Improving Evaluations of the Medical Home PDF
    This brief offers a concise description for decision makers of why and how to commission effective evaluations of medical home demonstrations. It provides insights into what outcomes to assess, why to include control practices, and why not accounting for clustering can doom an evaluation.
  • Building the Evidence Base for the Medical Home: What Sample and Sample Size Do Studies Need? PDF
    This white paper provides information about how to determine the effect sizes a given study can expect to detect, identifies the number of patients and practices required to detect policy-relevant, achievable effects, and demonstrates how evaluators can select the outcomes and types of patients included in analyses to improve a study's ability to detect true effects.
  • TalkingQuality Podcasts
    These podcasts discuss a variety of topics such as making practice quality reports user-centered, how social media can draw patients to a quality report, branding your quality report, and more.
  • National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC)
    NQMC is a public resource for evidence-based quality measures and measure sets. Measure summaries are organized by topic, organization, or domain, and can be compared side-by-side. The Tutorial on Quality Measures provides an introduction to the field of quality measurement and how to best use NQMC.
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home Research Methods Series
    This series is designed to expand awareness of methods to evaluate and refine PCMH models. Evaluators can use this toolbox of methods to assess models and meet the evidence needs of stakeholders more effectively.


Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI)

  • Measuring Medical Home PDF
    This manual compiled by the CAHMI takes a look at the medical home concept and components. For a copy of the manual with complete appendices, you can click here PDF.
  • Quality Portal
    The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health, a project of CAHMI, manages this comprehensive online resource regarding pediatric quality of care and improvement.


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Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

  • Quality Improvement Web Site
    This Web site aggregates QI resources, as well as QI information from HRSA federal and non-federal partners, including patient safety tools, quality indicators, and a health measure inventory.


Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
Some of the offerings on the IHI Web site include:

  • Knowledge Center—the content "library" featuring tools, change ideas, measures, improvement stories, and other resources to support improvement efforts
  • Explore by Interest—provides a more in-depth look at key topic areas by gathering content from across the site
  • IHI Education —hosts information on training and skill-building learning opportunities
  • User Communities—features such as blogs, wikis, and discussion boards available soon
  • Explore by Interest—allows for deeper content searches by topic, care setting, role, etc. For example, see the Improve Primary Care Access page

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Promising Practices

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)


How to Use Patients' Feedback to Improve Care
A new toolkit showcases patient engagement efforts from three alliances participating in Aligning Forces for Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s effort to lift the quality of care in targeted communities. This toolkit features videos and adaptable resources on partnering with patients and families in improving primary care.


Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America
Institute of Medicine—September 2012
This report explores opportunities to use emerging technology and science to address getting better value from our health care. Applying these strategies can support a continuously learning health system, one that aligns science and informatics, patient-clinician partnerships, incentives, and a culture of continuous improvement to produce the best care at lower cost.


Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) Data Resource Center (DRC)


Collaborating With Medicaid to Improve Health Care to Multi-Payer Alliances
Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q)
This paper illustrates how and why Medicaid agencies are aligning their quality improvement strategies with other payers, and includes case studies from Oregon and South Central Pennsylvania to illustrate improved care quality and a reduction in disparities.


Medical Homes: The Transformation of Pediatric Primary Care in Connecticut
Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc
This issue brief summarizes recent policy changes in Connecticut regarding Person Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) and outlines supports for practices transforming to medical homes. The brief highlights the efforts of the state to advance the medical home concept of care as the optimal health care delivery system for children.


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Outcomes and Evidence

Effects of a Medical Home Program for Children with Special Health Care Needs on Parental Perceptions of are in an Ethnically Diverse Patient Population (2013)

Early Evaluations of the Medical Home: Building on a Promising Start (2012)

Factors Associated with Medical Home Among Children with ADHD (2012)

Closing the Quality Gap: Revisiting the State of the Science—The Patient-Centered Medical Home (2012)

Patient-Centered Medical Home Characteristics and Staff Morale in Safety Net Clinics (2012)

Will the Affordable Care Act Move Patient-Centeredness to Center Stage? PDF (2012)

Impact of Medical Homes on Quality, Healthcare Utilization, and Costs (2012)

The Patient-Centered Medical Home: A Review of Recent Research (2012)

Benefits of Implementing the Primary Care Patient-Centered Medical Home: Cost and Quality Results (2012)

Primary Care Attributes and Mortality: A National Person-Level Study (2012)

Purchasing High Performance Update: Medical Homes Gain Momentum (2012)

The Value of the Medical Home for Children without Special Health Care Needs (2012)

Quality and Equity of Primary Care With Patient-Centered Medical Homes: Results from a National Survey (2012)

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps: What Works for Health (2012)

Associations Between Quality of Primary Care and Health Care Use Among Children With Special Health Care Needs (2011)

Coping Among Parents of Children With Special Health Care Needs With and Without a Health Care Home (2011)

Effect of Hospital-Based Comprehensive Care Clinic on Health Costs for Medicaid-Insured Medically Complex Children (2011)

Evidence for Family-Centered Care for Children With Special Health Care Needs: A Systematic Review (2011)

Hospital-Based Comprehensive Care Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs (2011)

Implementing Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot Projects, Lessons from AF4Q Communities (2010)

The Medical Home, Preventive Care Screenings, and Counseling for Children: Evidence from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (2010)

Improved Outcomes Associated With Medical Home Implementation in Pediatric Primary Care (2009)

Improvement in the Family-Centered Medical Home Enhances Outcomes for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs PDF (2009)

Strengthening Health Care for Children: Primary Care and the Medical Home. National Business Group on Health PDF (2009)

Access to the Medical Home: New Findings From the 2005-2006 National Survey of Children With Special Health Care Needs(2009)

The Medical Home: Growing Evidence to Support a New Approach to Primary Care (2008)

Quality Medical Homes: Meeting Children's Needs for Therapeutic and Supportive Services (2008)

A Review of the Evidence for the Medical Home for Children With Special Health Care Needs (2008)

A Tertiary Care-Primary Care Partnership Model for Medically Complex and Fragile Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (2007)

Unmet Dental Care Needs Among Children With Special Health Care Needs: Implications for the Medical Home (2005)

The Association Between Having a Medical Home and Vaccination Coverage Among Children Eligible for the Vaccines for Children Program (2005)

The Pediatric Alliance for Coordinated Care: Evaluation of a Medical Home Model (2004)



For a list of published articles that highlight cost savings associated with medical home implementation, please click here. For information and reports on national demonstration projects and state initiatives, click here.

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