Patient and Stakeholder Engagement Short Course

UW ICTR invites you to a 2-day course designed to provide a forum for researchers and stakeholders to explore the field of D&I science through the lens of health equity.

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Dissemination & Implementation Short Course, November 1-2, 2018, Dejope Hall, Madison, WI

Featured Healthcare Partner

The Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality, affordability, safety, and efficiency of health care in Wisconsin by providing quality, reliable, integrated data to all stakeholders seeking to transform healthcare. 

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Featured Research Partner

Primary Care Academics Transforming Healthcare (PATH) is a writing collaborative that brings together leaders from several UW organizations and departments to communicate the work that has been done at UW Health to redesign primary care and to create an infrastructure that can support scholarly activities.

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

Featured Toolkit: BP Connect Health - Improving Follow-up After High Blood Pressures

High blood pressures are one of the most prevalent and reversible cardiovascular disease risk factors among adults with chronic conditions, who are often vulnerable to gaps between specialty and primary care. Increasing preventive services to address hypertension could prevent more early deaths than any other preventive service, such as lipid treatment, cancer screening, and pneumococcal or influenza vaccination.

The BP Connect Health Toolkit was developed to connect patients with high blood pressure in a specialty visit back to primary care for timely follow-up. It is a staff protocol performed by nurses or medical assistants during vitals assessment using electronic health record (EHR) alerts, brief counseling, and a simple clickable follow-up order. The toolkit contains materials needed to successfully plan for, implement, and sustain the protocol.

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Opioid prescribing reduced by UW Health coaching program

Andrew QuanbeckAleksandra ZgierskaRandy Brown

In a recent study by Drs. Andrew Quanbeck, Aleksandra Zgierska, and Randall Brown, coaching primary care doctors on opioid prescribing guidelines resulted in a 11% drop in opioid doses at UW Health clinics. Conversely, doses increased by 8% at other clinics in the health system where the coaching program was not implemented. The results from the study come at a crucial time as the opioid abuse epidemic continues in the state and nationwide. “If we reduce ineffective or inappropriate prescribing, (opioid) dose will come down,” said Dr. Aleksandra Zgierska. The study was featured in the Associated PressWisconsin State Journal, and US News and World Report.

Yao Liu discusses the UW Teleopthalmology Program on Wisconsin Doctors episode

Yao Liu, MD recently spoke on the Wisconsin Doctors program about how the UW Teleophthalmology program is working with the Mile Bluff Medical Center to screen patients close to their homes for diabetic eye disease, which is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults in Wisconsin and nationally. View the episode here.

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The importance of frequent return visits in hypertension control among young adults

Young adult blood pressureIn a recent article, Dr. Heather Johnson's team evaluated the relationship between the number of health care visits over time and hypertension control rates among young adults with incident hypertension, and found that patients who visited their provider more frequently had better control of their hypertension. Additionally, patients who saw their provider more frequently had lower medication initiation, which supports the effectiveness of lifestyle modifications to help lower blood pressure.

Medicaid expansion helped reduce reliance on federal income assistance

Doctor and familyIn 2014, a change was enacted through the Affordable Care Act that allowed low-income, non-elderly adults to become eligible for Medicaid without requiring them to obtain disabled status through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, the federal income assistance program for low-income families with disabilities. In a new study co-authored by Dr. Marguerite Burns to examine the effects of this change, the authors found that in the period after the 2014 expansion, the average number of SSI participants fell by 3% in the states that expanded Medicaid, but the number of SSI participants continued to rise in non-expansion states. Read the full press release here.

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