Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease Improvement Collaborative Awarded to Dr. Gary Freed and Team

Dr. Gary Freed and his team from the Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Center are collaborating with the Section of Quality Improvement & Program Development -MDHHS Managed Care Plan Division, to establish a pilot Sickle Cell Quality Improvement program in one Medicaid Prosperity Region of the state.  Through this unique program, all Medicaid health plans (MHPs) in the region will be financially incentivized to improve performance for all pediatric patients with sickle cell anemia within that region with antibiotic prophylaxis, transcranial Doppler screening, and hydroxyurea use. Incentives will only be paid if there is improvement on a population-level, not plan-based, within the selected region. As such, MHPs that have historically functioned as competitors with regard to performance, will need to work together to improve the care for children with sickle cell anemia and meet the targets for financial incentives. The MHP Quality Collaborative will share existing best practices, identify and implement novel improvement strategies, and establish common performance reporting processes to achieve improvement in preventive care delivery for this high-risk and vulnerable population. This program has the potential not only to be a model for the care of children and adults with uncommon conditions in Michigan, but in the nation as well.