Criteria for Quality Improvement Awards

The PA PQC’s $5,000 Quality Improvement Awards will be awarded quarterly in 2022 to PA PQC healthcare teams who complete all the milestones listed below for a 2022 initiative until the available funding levels are reached for each quarter (the Awards are also contingent on available funding).

The applications will be reviewed when a PA PQC healthcare team submits documentation to verify completion of Milestone 5 listed below. Documentation for Milestones 1-4 match the Implementation Period expectations, meaning your PA PQC healthcare team does not need to re-submit these same materials to apply for the Quality Improvement Awards.

If the number of PA PQC healthcare teams that achieved the milestones for a particular quarter exceeds the number of available awards for that quarter, the Quality Improvement Awards will be awarded chronologically based on the date and time when the PA PQC healthcare team submits the materials for Milestone 5.

Subject to available funding each quarter, the PA PQC expects to be able to award the following number of awards per quarter during the time periods outlined in the table.

 

Focus Area Number of Awards
Per Quarter
Time Period
Maternal Substance or Substance-Exposed Newborns 22 January 1, 2022 to
March 14, 2023
Maternal OUD, NAS, or Immediate Postpartum
LARC
10 October 1, 2021 to
September 29, 2022
Severe Hypertension (PA AIM) 1 January 1, 2022 to
March 31, 2023
Perinatal Depression Screening and Follow-up (MOMD) 1 January 1, 2022 to
March 31, 2023

 

The purpose of the awards is to recognize and support efforts to further build the PA PQC healthcare team’s infrastructure for collecting and submitting data and for implementing a PA PQC quality improvement project for a PA PQC 2022 initiative.

Birth hospitals are eligible to apply for these Quality Improvement Awards if they:

  • join a PA PQC 2022 initiative by completing the step in the “How to Get Involved” section, AND
  • stay engaged in the PA PQC by meeting the minimum set of criteria listed in the Expectations section during the Implementation Period.

 

  • Evidence to Verify Completion of the Milestone:
    Attendance records maintained by the PA PQC that confirm at least one person at the individual hospital-level attended the Learning Session during the quarter for which the PA PQC healthcare team is submitting a QI Award Application. The PA PQC understands that certain circumstances may prevent an individual from being able to attend a particular session, and as a result, each hospital will have one excused absence during a calendar year. The PA PQC encourages hospital-level teams to attend the Learning Sessions to best inform the coordinated work of the team and to prevent the hospital’s attendance being reliant on a single person.

  • Evidence to Verify Completion of the Milestone:
    QI Report Outs completed using the Template or Life QI Portal at the hospital-level and received by the PA PQC during the quarter for which the PA PQC healthcare team is submitting a QI Award Application.
    • The PA PQC will use the information in the QI Report Out to determine which category of QI Awards the birth hospital is eligible for (Maternal Substance Use, Maternal OUD, NAS, Substance Exposed Newborn, PA AIM Severe Hypertension, or MOMD).
    • In the situation where the QI Report Out information is almost identical across multiple hospitals in a system for a PA PQC initiative, the system may elect to submit a single QI Report Out for that initiative, using the QI Report Out Template. However, this aggregated QI Report Out must: (1) name the hospitals in the system that the QI Report Out information applies to; and (2) include a separate section in the QI Report Out describing the hospital-level differences (e.g., the “Results” will likely differ by hospital).

    • Evidence to Verify Completion of the Milestone:
      Initiative-specific survey(s) received by the PA PQC for the quarter that the PA PQC healthcare team is submitting a QI Award Application.
      • For the IPLARC quarterly survey, once your team answers “yes" in response to the survey question #4, which is the primary structural measure, your team does not need to submit IPLARC surveys for future quarters.

    • Evidence to Verify Completion of the Milestone:
      Submission of a quarter’s worth of new aggregated data through the PA PQC Data Portal for at least one of the PA PQC process or outcome measures associated with the initiative in which the PA PQC healthcare team is participating.
      • If your PA PQC healthcare team joined a new PA PQC initiative in 2022 AND if the QI Award application is for the first quarter of implementation in 2022, meaning April through June 2022, the PA PQC healthcare team may submit a one-page summary explaining the progress completed to date and the next steps for putting the systems in place to be able to collect and submit the data during the next quarter, instead of the aggregated data.

    • Evidence to Verify Completion of the Milestone:
      Submission of communication materials that show PA PQC participation and results being communicated and celebrated across your team (e.g., a team meeting agenda including the PA PQC-related materials that were presented), within your hospital (e.g., PA PQC flyers and posters), or within your community (e.g., PA PQC-related press releases or presentations during a meeting with community organizations and members).
      • Submitting these materials to papqc@whamglobal.org for Milestone 5 by the end of the month that follows each calendar quarter (e.g., by April 30 for Quarter 1 2022 [January-March]) will trigger the PA PQC to review the information your team would have already submitted for Milestones 1-4.
      • If you know your team has completed Milestones 1 and 2, the PA PQC suggests submitting the documentation for Milestone 5 at the same time your team submits Milestone 3 (quarterly surveys). The same Milestone 5 documentation (communication material) cannot be re-used for a subsequent quarterly QI Award application.

    All of the submitted information for Milestones 2-4 must pertain to a particular initiative. For example, if your team is participating in the MOMD initiative in 2022, the QI Report Out (Milestone 2) must relate to implementing one or more of the key interventions in the MOMD Change Package, the quarterly survey (Milestone 3) must be the MOMD survey, and the submitted data (Milestone 4) must be data for one or more of the MOMD process measures.

    Please send all PA PQC-related press releases in advance to papqc@whamglobal.org for review, and please notify the PA PQC if your organization is contacted by the media about your participation in the PA PQC.