WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a session during the 2016 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting, aptly called Quality Measures and Quality of Care I, a panel of experts presented information on a number of programs underway in rheumatology using quality measures to both assess and improve patient outcomes. Leading off were two presentations on programs using quality measures to improve outcomes for children with rheumatologic diseases, followed by presentations on programs geared toward adult patients.
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
April Bingham, MD, a pediatric rheumatologist and assistant professor at Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey, Pa., provided an update on the effectiveness of the Pediatric Rheumatology Care and Outcomes Improvement Network (PR-COIN) to improve outcomes of care for children with rheumatic disease.
Created in 2011, PR-COIN is a multi-center quality improvement learning network that engages patients/families and healthcare providers with the ultimate aim of improving clinical outcomes for children with rheumatic disease, with an initial focus on juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Centers involved with the network apply proven quality improvement (QI) methodology to conduct QI work and share clinical data on their JIA patients to track performance on process and outcome quality measures.