ACHIA Director Cason Benton, MD, FAAP, has a two year appointment to the Alabama Medicaid Agency's Regional Care Organization Committee. This committee is charged with quality metrics selection for the RCO's. Other ACHIA Steering committee partners, including the Alabama Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics and the Alabama Department of Public Health, have representation on this committee.
Measures apply to ambulatory, inpatient, mental health, and dental care as well as metrics for access to care and the patient experience. Discussions with National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN) colleagues from Oregon, Utah, Maine, and Vermont have yielded valuable insights to the process in Alabama.
The first round of measures will be selected by February 2014.