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Quality through Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics

What is QTIP?

The Quality through Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics (QTIP) program works to improve health care for children in South Carolina by working on quality measures and incorporating mental health into a medical home.  Started in 2010 under a CHIPRA federal grant, this program brings practices together to collaborate on specific measures and foster quality improvement projects at each practice site.  At the conclusion of the grant in 2016, SCDHHS chose to continue many of the program's components.

The project's key goals:

1. To work on children's quality care measures;

2. To develop a physician-led, peer-to-peer quality improvement network;

3. To address mental health challenges of children in our state; and

4. To provide practices with the skills to become a patient-centered medical home (PCMH).

QTIP represents a unique opportunity for South Carolina pediatricians to help develop quality improvement tools that will lead to better health outcomes for current and future generations of patients.

QTIP Continues after Grant Funding Ends

SCDHHS is continuing many components started under the grant.  In 2016, the following services will be available:

  • Twice-yearly Learning Collaborative sessions
  • Technical assistance
  • Working with pediatric practices on mental health skill-building
  • Expanding to 30 pediatric practices
  • Teaching quality improvement skills

Why should my practice participate in QTIP?

The QTIP program offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Opportunities to participate in learning collaborative sessions, techincal assistance visits and quality improvement workshops
  • Development of valuable relationships with other practices to improve children's health in SC
  • American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV credit for members of SCAAP who participate in select quality improvement efforts
  • Integration of mental health services into your office

How will Healthy Connections help?

Healthy Connections is committed to supporting your office through the QTIP program.  QTIP will:

  • Highlight key pediatric quality measures
  • Teach quality improvement techniques
  • Promote patient-centered medical home concepts
  • Support mental health skill building and integration
  • Provide learning collaborative sessions and technical assistance
  • Offer networking opportunities

QTIP is a partnership between the SC Department of Health and Human Services and the South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

How do I apply?

To participate, each practice will identify a quality improvement team consisting of a lead practitioner, nurse, and office manager to implement the quality improvement efforts within the practice.  Practices will be required to attend semi-annual Learning Collaborative sessions which will coincide with the South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics meetings.

New practices may apply at any time; however, QTIP will formally begin working with new practices in January of each year.  Due to staff and resource availability limitations, QTIP will restrict active participation to 30 practices.

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