This page offers resources to help you improve your clinical practice, with an emphasis on developmental and behavioral screening and care. Check back soon to see more resources, such as sample billing sheets, letter examples, scheduling examples, and more quality improvement topics. Other relevant resources may be found in the Training Resources for Office Staff and the Implementation of Screening Tools sections.
Practice Improvement Articles
Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders: What's a Busy Practice to do?
Spring 2011 SODBP Newsletter
Screening with Validated Instruments Saves Time and Money
Fall 2007 SODBP Newsletter
A Different Kind of Test
Policy strategies to improve identification of disabilities in children, especially through primary care screening.
Changing Developmental Screening Practice in the Real World
How to apply change principles to the problem of improving developmental screening in primary care.
Bright Futures provides resource materials that focus on preventive care, screening and assessments, and health promotion. Helpful resources can be found at:
The Developmental Surveillance and Screening Policy Implementation Project (D-PIP) selected 17 pilot primary care pediatric practices to implement the AAP policy statement, Identifying Infants and Young Children With Developmental Disorders in the Medical Home: An Algorithm for Developmental Surveillance and Screening. Following the project, information is being shared with pediatric clinicians and other health care professionals who are seeking to improve the delivery of developmental surveillance and screening.
Practice Management Online (PMO)
PMO is the AAP online home for the best pediatric practice management information, tools, and resources for pediatricians and their office staff in one easily accessible Web site. Resource information and tools are organized under the following topic areas: Practice Basics, Payment and Finance, Office Operations, Quality and Safety, Patient Management, and Practice Toolbox.
Information Pertaining to Part IV, Maintenance of Certification – Performance in Practice
Education in Quality Improvement for Pediatric Practice (EQIPP®).
EQIPP® is an (American Board of Pediatrics(ABP) Approved Performance in Practice Quality Improvement Activity. EQIPP allows you to evaluate your practice online. The goal of EQIPP is to help physicians collect and analyze practice data over time to document improved quality of care. Simulated patient data is also available for non-practicing providers. Physicians will learn what steps are necessary to improve their quality of care and be able to transfer their skills to multiple pediatric specific clinical and practice management topics. EQIPP will help physicians utilize data to identify gaps and give solutions to create a plan to close those gaps. By providing pediatricians with tools and strategies to make small cycles of change, clinicians can improve practice efficiency and patient care. Earn valuable AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and meet requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC), enroll online at www.pedialink.org.
Quality Improvement Innovation Network (QuIIN)
The AAP has developed the QuIIN, a network of practicing pediatricians and their staff, to improve care and outcomes for children and families. QuIIN does so by using quality improvement science to test practical tools, measures, and strategies for use in everyday pediatric practice, the child’s medical home, as well as by informal assessment that provides practicing pediatrician perspective into evidence-based recommendations and tools for implementation. The QuIIN offers projects that allow the pediatrician and their staff to use quality improvement science, attend learning sessions, network with fellow practices while improving care, provide valuable real-world input into implementation support before dissemination, earn valuable AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, and meet requirements for MOC Part 4. QuIIN also offers the opportunity to participate in more informal improvement efforts with QuIIN members providing input into the feasibility of new innovations through survey and conference calls and by contributing to the development of AAP clinical practice guidelines and tools that support guideline implementation. To join QuIIN or view QuIIN projects, visit http://quiin.aap.org or contact QuIIN staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements please go to the American Board of Pediatrics for the latest information.
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AAP Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
The AAP Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics manual is now available at the AAP Bookstore. Purchase your copy today for the all-new clinical resource for caring for children with developmental and behavioral concerns.
Fall 2013 Newsletter is now available
Read the Fall 2013 edition of the Developmental and Behavioral News which includes articles such as, "ADHD in DSM-5: Few Changes in Diagnositc Criteria ", "The DSM-5 Autism Critera: A Social Rather Than Scientific Achievement ", "Reflections on Advocacy Experience ", and much more. Go to the About Us section for back issues of the newsletter.