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Algorithm for Identifying Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions

Magnan HIPxChange Toolkit
Apr
02

A new toolkit developed by Dr. Elizabeth Magnan is available on HIPxChange. The Algorithm for Identifying Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions (Multimorbidity) contains over 4,000 ICD-9 codes that are mapped to AHRQ Clinical Classification Software (CCS) codes, which are then bundled into 69 clinically relevant chronic condition categories. Researchers can use these categories to examine the effect of multiple chronic conditions or specific comorbidities on health and outcomes, or in quality improvement or public reporting work.

Debating 30-Day Mortality as a Surgical Standard

Schwarze in New York Times
Mar
03

In a recent article in The New York TimesDr. 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. 

C-TraC Named a Nationwide VA Best Practice

C-TraC VA Best Practice for Care Coordination
Feb
10

The 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

Maureen Smith Receives AAMC Learning Health System Research Award

Smith AAMC Award
Jan
28

Dr. Maureen Smith recently received an AAMC Learning Health System Research Champion Award to recognize connections that were built between the UW Health, the UW Office of Continuing Professional Development, and the Health Innovation Program to link clinical quality improvement, maintenance of certification, and research. Together, these groups created a web-based resource to support clinicians in the writing and preparation of manuscripts based on their quality improvement activities, facilitating the evolution from quality improvement to generalizable knowledge. 

Christine Everett Receives PAEA 2014 Article of the Year Award

Everett PAEA Article of the Year Award
Oct
20

Dr. Christine Everett recently received the 2014 Article of the Year Award from the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) for the article titled, "Physician assistants and nurse practitioners perform effective roles on teams caring for patients with Medicare patients with diabetes," which was published in Health Affairs in November 2013. A $1.1 million grant was recently funded by the Veteran's Administration to further evaluate roles based on her methodology.  

Jennifer Weiss Appointed to National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable

Weiss NCCRT
Oct
15

Dr. Jennifer Weiss has been appointed UW Health liaison to the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT). The NCCRT, which was established by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a national coalition of organizations whose mission is to reduce the incidence and mortality from colorectal cancer in the US, and increase the use of proven colorectal cancer screening tests among the entire population for whom screening is appropriate. 

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