Amy Kind, MD, PhD

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Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics

ajk@medicine.wisc.edu

 
 

 

Amy Kind, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics. Her research focuses on patient safety during transitions between health care settings, particularly for highly vulnerable older adult populations. Dr. Kind is currently working to design systems which improve care transitions and between-facility communication at the time of hospital discharge for patients with dementia and for those discharged to nursing homes. Her research has been used in a systems change project within the UW Hospital and Clinics to create, implement, and evaluate an electronic medical record-based, multi-disciplinary discharge summary communication tool.  She also leads two nursing-based interventions at the UW and Madison VA Hospitals: (1) The Coordinated – Transitional Care Program or C-TraC which aims to improve hospital-to-home transitions for patients with dementia and (2) The Coordination and Empowerment of Patients in System-to-System Transitions or COMPASS Program which aims to improve hospital-to-skilled nursing facility transitions.  Her previous research utilized stroke as a model disease to examine patterns and predictors for complicated transitions, the cost and mortality consequences associated with these transitions, and the roles that race and initial discharge site play in these events.

Research Funding

Dissemination of the VA Coordinated Transitional Care (C-TraC) Program 
US Department of Veterans Affairs, 10/1/13-9/30/14
Role: Principal Investigator

Discharge Order Completeness and 30-Day Rehospitalizations in Rural Wisconsin Nursing Home Patients
Wisconsin Partnership Program New Investigator Award, 4/1/13-3/31/16
Role: Principal Investigator

VA Care-COordination and EMpowerment of PAtients in System-to-System Transitions (COMPASS)
US Department of Veterans Affairs, 12/1/12-9/30/14
Role: Principal Investigator

The Hospital Discharge Summary’s Impact on Sub-Acute Care Patient Outcomes
NIH/NIA with AFAR/John A Hartford Foundation/Atlantic Philanthropies/Starr Foundation, K23 AG034551, 9/30/10-3/31/14
Role: Principal Investigator

Recent Publications (selected)

Kind AJH, Smith M, Frytak J, Finch M.  Bouncing-Back:  Patterns and Predictors of Complicated Transitions Thirty Days after Hospitalization for Acute Ischemic Stroke. J Am Geriatr Soc 2007;55(3): 365-373.

Kind AJH, Smith M, Liou J, Pandhi N, Frytak J, Finch M. The Price of Bouncing-Back: One Year Mortality and Payments for Acute Stroke Patients with 30 Day Bounce-Backs. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008; 56(6):999-1005.

Kind AJH, Smith M, Liou J, Pandhi N, Frytak J, Finch M.  Discharge Destination’s Effect on Bounce-Back Risk in Black, White and Hispanic Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients.  Arch Phys Med Rehab 2010;91(2):189-195.

Kind AJH, Bartels C, Mell M, Mullahy J, Smith M. For-Profit Hospital Status and Rehospitalizations to Different Hospitals: An Analysis of Medicare Data. Ann Intern Med 2010;153:718-727.

Kind AJH, Anderson P, Hind J, Robbins J, Smith M.  Omission of Dysphagia Therapies in Hospital Discharge Communications. Dysphagia 2011;26(1):49-61.

Walz S, Smith M, Cox E, Sattin J, Kind AJHPending Laboratory Tests and the Hospital Discharge Summary in Patients Discharged to Sub-Acute Care. J Gen Intern Med 2011; 26(4):393-398.

Kind AJH, Thorpe C, Sattin J, Walz S, Smith M.  Provider Characteristics, Clinical-Work Processes and Their Relationship to Discharge Summary Quality for Sub-Acute Care Patients. J Gen Intern Med 2012; 27(1):78-84.

Greenblatt D, Greenberg C, Kind AJH, Mell M, Havlena J, Nelson M, Smith M and Kent C.  Causes and Implications of Readmission After Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair.  Ann Surg 2012;256(4):595-605.

Kind AJH, Jensen L, Barczi S, Bridges A, Kordahl B, Smith M and Asthana S.  Low-Cost Transitional Care With Nurse Managers Making Mostly Phone Contact with Patients Cut Rehospitalization at a VA Hospital.  Health Affairs 2012; 31(12):2659-2668.

King BJ, Gilmore-Bykovskyi AL, Roiland RA, Polnaszek BE, Bowers BJ, Kind AJ. The Consequences of Poor Communication During Hospital-to-Skilled Nursing Facility Transitions: A Qualitative Study. J Am Geriatr Soc 2013;61(7):1095-102.

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