Practice Management

Practice Improvement

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? PDF
Spring 2011 SODBP Newsletter

Screening with Validated Instruments Saves Time and Money PDF
Fall 2007 SODBP Newsletter

A Different Kind of Test PDF
Policy strategies to improve identification of disabilities in children, especially through primary care screening.

Changing Developmental Screening Practice in the Real World PDF
How to apply change principles to the problem of improving developmental screening in primary care.

Improving Developmental Screening Through Public Policy PDF

Building an Effective System of Developmental Screening and Diagnosis: An Example From Greenville, SC PDF

Other Resources

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.

AAP Digital Navigator
The AAP Digital Navigator guides practices through practice transformation into the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model of Care.

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 quiin@aap.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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