National Collaborative for Innovation in Quality Measurement: Implementing and Improving

The National Collaborative for Innovation in Quality Measurement (NCINQ) is a consortium of organizations committed to advancing measurement of pediatric health care and is led by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. 

With funding from AHRQ/CMS under the Pediatric Quality Measures Program, NCINQ will use national HEDIS measures to conduct a quality improvement collaborative to encourage judicious use of antipsychotic medications and better depression management in youth.

NCINQ Activities

A national advisory panel will be convened including youth/family advisors, providers and representatives from states and health plans. NCINQ will use data from national HEDIS reporting to work with plans and states to conduct special studies for making improvements in pediatric behavioral health care. Two quality improvement collaboratives will focus on the following HEDIS measures:

Depression Management for Adolescents

  1. Depression Screening and Follow-up for Adolescents and Adults
  2. Utilization of the PHQ-9 to Monitor Depression Symptoms for Adolescents and Adults
  3. Depression Remissions or Response for Adolescents and Adults

For more information on the Depression Care measures, click here.

Judicious Use of Antipsychotic Medications for Children

  1. Use of First-Line Care for Children And Adolescents on Antipsychotic Medications
  2. Use of Multiple Concurrent Antipsychotic Medications in Children and Adolescents
  3. Metabolic Monitoring for Children and Adolescents on Antipsychotic Medications

For more information on the Safe & Judicious Use of Antipsychotic Medications in Children and Adolescents measures, click here.

Project Timeline

  • Summer 2017: Begin antipsychotic medication management collaborative
  • Summer 2018: Begin depression management collaborative

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