HIP Seminar: Austin Frakt

Join us as Austin Frakt, PhD, founder and editor of The Incidental Economist, discusses current research and policies surrounding hospitals, cost-shifting, and Medicaid provider payments.

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Health Innovation News

Stay up-to-date on health services and health innovation news by following HIP's curated magazine on Flipboard. You can follow online or by subscribing to Health Innovation News on your mobile Flipboard app.

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Featured Healthcare Partner

Unity Health Insurance is a health maintenance organization that serves over 130,000 members located in south central Wisconsin, primarily in Dane County. 

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Featured Research Partner

The Wisconsin Partnership Program is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Wisconsin residents through improvements in research, education, prevention practices and interventions, and policy development.

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Free-the-Data Program

The goal of the “Free-the-Data” Program is to make analysis-ready healthcare data available to UW faculty, staff, trainees, and UW Health staff for research and quality improvement purposes.

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HIP supports the development and dissemination of tools for evidence-based health system change through its website, HIPxChange.

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Featured Toolkit: Toolkit on Patient Partner Engagement in Research

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Patients and their representatives (e.g., caregivers or family members) provide invaluable feedback and make decisions that improve the relevance and meaning of research. Ongoing patient and patient partner engagement positively shapes all stages of the research process - through the study's preparation, execution, and translation.

The Toolkit on Patient Partner Engagement in Research (TOPPER) is a collection of materials designed to support the creation and ongoing engagement of patients and patient partners in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research.

It includes a patient partner orientation session agenda, a detailed manual for two facilitators to use during orientation, and 20 supplementary worksheets, exercises, forms, and examples.


Gretchen Schwarze Discusses 30-Day Mortality as a Surgical Standard in the New York Times 

SurgeonsIn a recent article in the New York Times, Dr. Gretchen Schwarze discusses the controversy surrounding the use of 30-day mortality as a surgical success measure. Focusing on reducing 30-day mortality, which is frequently used in the public reporting of quality and, more recently, to determine Medicare penalties, can result in diminished quality of life for patients after surgery and result in surgeons declining to operate on high-risk patients. 

Coordinated Transitional Care Program Identified as a Nationwide VA Best Practice

C-TraC LogoThe Coordinated Transitional Care (C-TraC) program led by HIP investigator Dr. Amy Kind was recently identified by the Veterans Engineering Resource Center as one of 4 best practices to improve care coordination in Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide. The C-TraC program is a low-resource, registered nurse telephone-based initiative that aims to improve transitional care and post-discharge outcomes. You can learn more about C-TraC and download the protocol on HIPxChange

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Rheumatoid arthritis and the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy

Eye ExamIn a recent study of over 250,000 Medicare patients with diabetes, Dr. Christie Bartels et al. found that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were 28% less likely to have diabetic retinopathy and 4% more likely to receive an eye exam than patients without RA. The authors suggest that RA physiology or treatments may protect against diabetic retinopathy and propose that future studies be conducted on this topic.

Development of a list of high-risk operations for patients 65 years and older

Elderly Patient talking to doctorsDr. Gretchen Schwarze et al. recently developed a list of 227 high-risk operations that had at least 1% operative mortality for older adults. The list, published in JAMA Surgery, can serve as a tool in patient-doctor discussions of surgery risk, as well as in future studies and targeted clinical interventions. It was developed using a modified Delphi procedure and analysis of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council and Nationwide Inpatient Sample datasets.

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Learn more about HIP

Watch HIP's director, Maureen Smith, MD, MPH, PhD, discuss the mission, vision, and impact of the Health Innovation Program.                   

Learn how HIP supports researchers through an interview with Amy Kind, MD, PhD, as she discusses her work with HIP on transitions in care.

See how the Health Innovation Program and the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) partner to improve health in the state of Wisconsin.



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