National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center
In 2006, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) State Partnership Program implemented standardized performance measures to assess the quality of pediatric emergency care provided in the prehospital and hospital settings in all statesand U.S. territories.
These performance measures are the first steps to assess the degree to which systems are in place to ensure optimal care of children in the emergency care setting.
In 2012, the federal EMSC Program tasked NEDARC to review the current data available, solicit guidance and feedback from experts in the field of prehospital emergency care, and facilitate the development of the next generation of performance measures.
The project is currently underway with plans to pilot test the next generation of performance measures in 2014 and launch Program-wide in 2016.
The Next Generation of EMSC Performance Measures will focus on the EMS-based performance measures (PM): pediatric medical direction (PM 71 and 72), equipment and supplies (PM 73), and EMS-provider education (PM 78).
NEDARC conducted telephone interviews with individuals from stakeholder organizations during the first quarter of 2013 and then convened a group of experts, known as the Performance Measure Advisory Committee (PMAC), in August 2013. PMAC members reviewed the current measures, assessed suggestions made during the key stakeholder interviews, and drafted recommendations of new Performance Measures for HRSA review.
PMAC members included State Partnership Grantees, representatives from key stake holder organizations, and EMS researchers. For a list of PMAC members click here and for a list of professional organizations represented in the process click here.
At this time, the hospital-based EMSC Performance Measures 74 through 77 and Program-permanence 79 and 80 will not be modified and will remain the same.
For additional questions about the process please contact your HRSA Project Officer.