Council Perspective Details Process For Developing Pediatric Cardiology Quality Measures

ACC’s Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology (ACPC) Section Leadership Council successfully developed quality measures for pediatric ambulatory care, which led to the development of the ACPC Quality Network as a mechanism to test existing metrics for pediatric cardiology, according to a Council Perspective published Jan. 30 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

ACC's ACPC Section developed the ACPC Quality Network in order to give participants and practices an avenue to review and pilot sets of congenital heart disease (CHD) quality metrics across several domains in pediatric cardiology and CHD.

"In the future, new metrics will be proposed and vetted by Section members who identify an area or gap in care – and a corresponding metric can be developed to test," explains Kathy J. Jenkins, MD, MPH, FACC, an author of the study and program director of the ACPC Quality Network.

"The network is intended to be a flexible tool – allowing for metrics to be discarded, as the need to improve in a certain area becomes less necessary, and replaced with newer ones – where the community agrees a reasonable way to measure practice has been identified."