EQIPP Online Modules

Education in Quality Improvement for Pediatric Practice is an online learning program that weaves measurement-based improvement principles and concepts with pediatric-specific clinical content to improve children’s health outcomes. EQIPP courses help identify and close the gaps in practices using practical tools. With these online courses, users learn to document improved quality care on a continuous basis, earn continuing medical education credits, and meet MOC Part 4 (Performance in Practice) requirements all at once. For more information, visit the AAP EQIPP and QI Training Resources Web pages.

Characteristics
  • Online learning modules
  • Data can be collected, analyzed, and measured over time
  • Users can collaborate with other providers in practice or area to accelerate improvement
Benefits
  • Allows for small, rapid cycles of change
  • Through evaluations, allows practices to see the improvement and set realistic goals or adjust the implementation strategy
  • Allows users to transfer skills learned in EQIPP to other clinical and practice management topics
  • Can provide continuing medical education and nursing credits
  • Allows pediatricians to earn MOC credits
  • Is an AAP membership benefit
Drawback

  • After 3 years EQIPP courses require reevaluation and are either revised and relaunched or discontinued
FEATURED
EQIPP Bright Futures - Infancy and Early ChildhoodThis course helps you implement the Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents into everyday practice. These activities acquaint you the importance of the Bright Futures health supervision recommendations and assist in prioritizing the Infancy and Early Childhood visits. The course will be available until September 28, 2019 at EQIPP.

There are additional EQIPP courses that are consistent with Bright Futures and cover important topic areas of Bright Futures such as Medical Home, Oral Health, and Immunizations. Courses are updated on a regular basis, and new courses are added continually.

 Arizona's Learning Collaborative/EQIPP Hybrid

Arizona: The local AAP chapter, with grant funds from First Things First, established learning collaboratives from April 2012 to June 2013 to train pediatricians how to improve preventive care through Bright Futures as part of its Best Care for Kids quality improvement program. The learning collaboratives used the aims and measures of the EQIPP modules, thereby forming a hybrid model that allowed participants to earn MOC credits.
 
Over the life of the funding, 3 groups of 6 to 10 practices dedicated 6 months to the collaborative. Each practice developed a QI team, a 3-member group that often included clinicians and administrative staff. For each collaborative, the chapter hosted an initial meeting to introduce the QI project. Each practice chose a Bright Futures measure to implement to improve preventive care (ie, developmental screening, autism screening, or oral health risk assessment). Each month the collaborative met for an hour-long phone call and each practice would report on its data collected through a chart review (each month practices would pull a certain number of charts and record whether screenings were conducted). Working with a QI coach and the AAP chapter staff, the practices identified any barriers and how the practice could overcome them, potentially through changes to their office systems.
 
In the end, all participating practices said they planned to continue what they started, and about half said that they would increase the number of measures that they were working on through Bright Futures. Learn more