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2013 Wisconsin Health Improvement & Research Partnerships Forum

WI Health Improvement and Research Partnerships Forum

The 2013 Wisconsin Health Improvement & Research Partnerships Forum will be held on Sept. 12-13 in the UW-Madison Union South. The theme of this year's forum is "Facilitating Partnership: Common Mission, Multiple Approaches," and the workshops and presentations will focus on the following topics: how organizations are working together to solve health problems, tools that can be used to overcome collaboration obstacles, and innovative methods for implementing & evaluating health advances.

HIP is a sponsor of this year's forum, and several HIP investigators will be leading workshops or presenting. Everyone is invited to attend. View more details about the forum and register here.

Coordinated-Transitional Care Toolkit Profiled on AHRQ Innovations Exchange

AHRQ Innovations Exchange

The VA Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) program is profiled in the July 31st issue of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Health Care Innovations Exchange, a web-based program designed to support health care professionals in sharing and adopting innovations that improve health care quality.

View the C-TraC profile here.

HIP & WCHQ Jointly Sponsor Assembly on Diabetes and the Triple Aim

HIP Team at WCHQ Assembly

The Health Innovation Program (HIP) and the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) partnered to present the July WCHQ Assembly meeting. The Assembly featured presentations and discussion about diabetes care in the context of the Triple Aim: improving care, improving population health, and reducing cost.

HIP Director Dr. Maureen Smith presented on comorbidities and diabetes quality of care. She reported on diabetes quality metrics for patients in eight Wisconsin health care systems, and found that diabetic patients with comorbidities that cue the same care as diabetes have higher diabetes testing rates.  Additionally, differences in patient mix and management styles explain differences in diabetes testing rates among health care systems in Wisconsin.

VA C-TraC Team Wins Partnership/Teamwork Award

C-TraC Team

The VA Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) team, which includes Amy Kind, Laury Jensen, Marilyn Bazinski, and Brock Polnaszek, has been awarded the Greater Madison Federal Agency Association's (GMFAA) Partnership/Teamwork award for 2013 for their work to bridge gaps among federal, state, and private/local health care settings to improve patient care quality and outcomes. The GMFAA Federal Team Recognition Award is granted to an individual or team whose accomplishments have fostered effective working relationships within and among the various entities of government and the private sector. Read more about the C-TraC program here.


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