Quality Improvement Initiatives

Pediatric Health Network (PHN) offers quality improvement initiatives for practices in our clinically integrated network with the support of Children’s National Hospital. Guided by the Institute for Health Improvement (IHI) Model for Improvement, PHN uses a data-driven approach to create and sustain a culture of quality improvement across the network. The quality improvement initiatives foster a collaborative learning community focused on improving the health of children in the region. The quality improvement work of the PHN is complemented by the institutional culture of quality that is sustained by the Quality and Safety Program at Children’s National Hospital. 

Practices will leverage data to drive improved health outcomes for its patient population, while increasing value and patient and practice team satisfaction.   

Adolescent Care Initiative

Implementing AAP Recommendations at Adolescent and Young Adult Well-Child Visits 

PHN is offering its members a learning collaborative on AAP recommended elements of well-child visits for adolescent and young adult patients, focusing on immunizations, mental health screeners, and Social Determinants of Health screeners. These AAP recommendations have been incentivized under Value-Based Care contracts with multiple payors. 

This Quality Improvement project will be driven by chart reviews, and providers who treat adolescents in the primary care setting will be eligible for MOC Part 4 credit. We will address office strategies and workflows, as well as coding to ensure compensation. The project will run from March 15, 2022 to November 1, 2022. 

 Why Adolescents?

  • This population (11- to 21-year-olds) has the lowest rate of primary care use in the US 
  • Face unique barriers to care and have unique health needs 
  • Mental health crisis, exacerbated by pandemic (AAP)* 
    • Emergency Department visits for mental health emergencies rose 31% for children ages 12-17 years between March and October 2020*
    • Emergency Department visits for suspected suicide attempts increased nearly 51% among girls ages 12-17 years in early 2021 compared to the same period in 2019*

Project Goals 

  • Optimize Patient Care: Improve rates of specified AAP recommendations for Well-Child Visits in Adolescent and Young Adult patients. 
  • Documentation and Billing: Develop educational settings to assist practices in effectively documenting and billing for screeners performed. 
  • Provider Education: Develop current, evidenced-based training to address health issues commonly encountered in AYA patients. 
  • Resources: Develop resources for the practice care team to optimize care for AYA patients. 

For more information, please contact the Quality Improvement team at phn@childrensnational.org. If you would like to submit a project application, click here. 

Upcoming Events

    Past Presentations

    All our presentations are recorded, and the supplemental handouts and guidelines are available for your reference below.

    Adolescent Care Initiative

    September 2022

    Addressing Food Insecurity in Pediatric Primary Care: Novel Strategies to Optimize Screening, Coding, and Billing

    Presented by: Kofi D. Essel, MD, MPH; Sarah C DeSilvey, DNP, FNP-C

    July 12, 2022

    Increasing the Rate of HPV Vaccinations in the Primary Care Setting

    Presented by: Alexandra Brugler Yonts, MD; Kathleen Kadow, MD

    May 25, 2022

    February 15, 2022

    Implementing AAP Recommendations at Adolescent and Young Adult Well-Child Visits: A PHN Quality Initiative

    Advancing Asthma Care

    October 26, 2021

    Empowering Your Teens: Asthma Updates and Management
    Presenter: Eduardo Fox, MD; Shilpa Patel, MD, MPH

    July 27, 2021

    Future of Pediatrics 2021 Series: Navigating a World with Asthma – Parent Advisory Panel
    Presenter: Candice Dawes, MD, and Parent Advisory Panel

    This presentation was part of our Future of Pediatrics 2021 virtual series. To view recordings from the entire series please click here.

    May 11, 2021

    Educational Webinar #3: Social and Environmental Disparities Affecting Asthma Outcomes in the DMV Region

    March 9, 2021

    Educational Webinar #2: When to Refer to Pulmonary and Allergy, Asthma Self-Management Education, and Asthma Telehealth Visits 

    January 12, 2021

    Educational Webinar #1: Review of NHLBI Guidelines and Coding & Billing for Asthma Services 

    December 15, 2020

    Information Session