New Educational and Quality Improvement Opportunities Available Through TPS

The Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) has secured grant funding through the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for three projects, all of which have a focus on quality improvement (QI) and/or will generate data that will be useful for future QI initiatives that TPS undertakes. Practices are encouraged to participate in one or more of these projects.

Project 1: AAP CQN ADHD Learning Collaborative

TPS has been named as one of six chapters to participate in the AAP’s first Chapter Quality Network (CQN) ADHD learning collaborative. TPS is recruiting 10-15 practices to implement the AAP ADHD guidelines and change ADHD care processes in their practices by conducting Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles. Practice participation will begin in December 2015 and continue through November 2016. Practices are expected to participate in all grant activities, including two in-person learning sessions, two webinar-style learning sessions, monthly practice calls, and regular data collection. MOC Part 4 credit will be offered. Financial incentives will not be provided.

Project 2: AAP District VII Hub and Spoke Initiative Focused on Improving HPV Rates

Four of the five AAP District VII chapters (Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma) have partnered on a grant to improve HPV immunization rates. TPS is recruiting three practices to participate in peer-to-peer QI education and implementation focused on a strong provider recommendation to ensure that youth receive the first dose of the HPV vaccine. Practice participation will begin in October 2015 and continue through September 2016. Practices are expected to participate in all grant activities, including an in-person visit with Texas and/or District VII member experts, a district-wide virtual learning session, webinars, and regular data collection. MOC Part 4 credit may be offered. Financial incentives will not be provided.

Project 3: AAP/Merck Adolescent Vaccinations and Wellness Grant Program for Chapters

Texas was one of six chapters to receive a grant from the AAP supported by Merck to increase HPV immunization rates for females and males ages 11 to 17. Primary recruitment will be for practices from the San Antonio area, although practices from other areas of Texas are also welcome to participate. Practice participation will begin in October 2015 and continue through July 2016. Grant activities include an in-person learning session in San Antonio, four webinar-style learning sessions, and a short presentation at the 2016 TPS Annual Leadership Planning Summit (ALPS). CME may be offered. Financial incentives will not be provided.

More information will be announced at the Awards Luncheon and Business Meeting during the TPS Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 3rd, 11:30a-1:30p. Please contact Rachel Jew with questions or to participate: rachel.jew@txpeds.org or (512) 370-1509.