Primary Care Academics Transforming Healthcare

Summary

PATH Group photo

The mission of the UW Health PATH collaborative is to bridge primary care clinical transformation and rigorous scientific study in order to improve our health system for the benefit of patients and communities. We will disseminate learnings locally and nationally, emphasizing scholarly contributions.

We are a multidisciplinary coalition of physicians and change leaders. Primary care Academics Transforming Healthcare (PATH) members are experienced in clinical delivery and span all three primary care departments (family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics), Quality, Safety, and Innovations, Population Health, and the Center for Patient Partnerships.

We have been formally collaborating and meeting regularly since the beginning of 2013 to support publications and presentations about our primary care transformation journey. We have entered the national discourse on primary care redesign by highlighting some of UW Health’s important work to date. 

Productivity

PATH Meeting

Since 2013, we’ve collectively disseminated on topics around patient engagement, innovation, quality, and theory through:

  • 9 academic publications
  • 1 editorial letter
  • 7 manuscripts in progress
  • 25 conference presentations (19 national, 3 regional, 4 local)
  • 1 national toolkit disseminated

High Visibility Achievements

  • Raised national attention towards UW Health as topic of special editorials in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and the Joint Commission’s Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
  • Invited to speak at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Integrating Quality Meeting to share innovative collaborative approach
  • Toolkit dissemination efforts have reached over 90+ health systems and organizations

Collaborative Members

Co-Directors

Name Title Affiliation
Nancy Pandhi, MD, MPH, PhD Assistant Professor Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Elizabeth Trowbridge, MD Clinical Professor, Division Chief, Associate Vice Chair of Primary Care Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine

Members

Name Title Affiliation
Gail Allen, MD Clinical Associate Professor; Vice Chair Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Brian Arndt, MD Associate Professor (CHS) Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
Stephanie Berkson, MPA Vice President of Population Health UW Health Population Health
William Caplan, MD Clinical Professor Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine
Sarah Davis, JD, MPA Clinical Associate Professor Center for Patient Partnerships; UW Law School
Heather Huang, MD Clinical Assistant Professor Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine
Jonathan Jaffery, MD MS Associate Professor; Chief Population Health Officer Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine; UW Health Population Health
Sandra Kamnetz, MD Clinical Professor, Vice Chair of Clinical Care Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Sally Kraft, MD, MPH Vice President for Population Engagement; Medical Director Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy, High Value Healthcare Collaborative
Steven Koslov, MD Clinical Professor Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Jennifer Lochner, MD Assistant Professor Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Mark Micek, MD, MPH Clinical Associate Professor Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine
Elizabeth Perry, MD Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Support Staff

Name Title Affiliation
Zaher Karp, MPH Assistant Researcher Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Meghan Gauger, MBA Medical Program Assistant Associate Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine
Colleen Brown Informatics Consultant Health Innovation Program
Leo Cross, MS Information Technology Manager Health Innovation Program
Xinyi Wang, PhD, MPH Associate Programmer Health Innovation Program
Lori Schaeffer, MS Grants Manager Health Innovation Program

Practice Redesign Papers

Patient Engagement

Innovation

Theory

Other Scholarly Work

  • Trowbridge E, Berkson S, Koslov S, Kraft S, Jaffery J, Davis S, Kamnetz S, Lochner J, Pandhi N. Response to Greene et al. [eletter]. Annals of Family Medicine 2015; June 4.

Practice Redesign Presentations

Patient Engagement

  • National: Pandhi N, Grob R. "Research Collaborations." Workshop at the National Collaborative for Improving Primary Care Through Industrial and Systems Engineering (I-PrACTISE) Conference, 2016, Madison, WI.
  • National: Pandhi N, Davis S. “Patient Engagement with Primary Care Teams for Quality Improvement.” Keynote Speaker at the National Collaborative for Improving Primary Care Through Industrial and Systems Engineering (I-PrACTISE) Conference, 2015, Madison, WI
  • National: Davis S, Pandhi N. "Engaging patients, staff, and community in quality improvement." Presentation at the Health Innovation Program - Association of American Medical Colleges "Building an Academic Learning Health System" conference, 2015, Madison, WI
  • Regional: Pandhi N, Davis S, Berkson S, Spranger J. “Engaging Patients in Primary Care Team Continuous Improvement.” Workshop at the Wisconsin Health Improvement and Research Partnerships Forum, 2014, Madison, WI

Quality

  • Local: Hauschild L, Trowbridge E, Welnick R, Kamnetz S. “Variations in Primary Care.” Presentation at UW Health Quality and Safety Week, 2014, Madison, WI

Innovation

  • National: Trowbridge E. "Beyond RVUs: Changing your primary care compensation plan from volume to value." Presentation at the ACLGIM Leon Hess Management Training and Leadership Institute, 2017, Washington, DC.
  • National: Pandhi N, Karp Z, Kamnetz S, Trowbridge E. "Developing an effective writing collaborative to rapidly disseminate lessons from system redesign." Presentation at the Association of American Medical Colleges' Integrating Quality Meeting, 2016, Chicago, IL.
  • National: Pandhi N, Trowbridge E. "Developing an effective writing collaborative to share learnings from primary care redesign." Presentation at the I-PrACTISE Conference, 2016, Madison, WI.
  • National: Karp Z, Kamnetz S, Pandhi N. "Primary care team perceptions of team-based care and clinnic design types across three practices." Presentation at the I-PrACTISE Conference, 2016, Madison, WI.
  • National: Pandhi N, Trowbridge E, Karp Z, Kamnetz S. "Developing an effective writing collaborative to rapidly disseminate lessons from system redesign." Workshop at the AAMC Integrating Quality Meeting, 2016, Chicago, IL.
  • National: Pandhi N, Trowbridge E. "Engaging clinical faculty in research and publishing." Presentation at the Health Innovation Program-Association of American Medical Colleges "Building An Academic Learning Health System" conference, 2015, Madison, WI
  • National: Karp Z, Kamnetz S, DeCheck N, Pandhi N. “Influences of the Primary Care Clinic Environment on Patients and Staff: Observational and Preliminary Focus Group Findings.” Presentation at the I-PrACTISE Conference, 2015, Madison, WI
  • Local: Pandhi N, Schrager S. “Finding Collaborators and Colleagues to Be Successful in Your Academic Work: Writing Groups.” Panel discussion at UW Office of Faculty Development’s Career Paths 201 Spring Seminar: Taking Charge of Your Career, 2015, Madison, WI
  • National: Lochner, J, Potter B, Arndt B. "Salaries, incentives, fairness: rethinking the structure of primary care physician compensation". Presentation at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference on Practice Improvement, 2015, Dallas, TX
  • National: Trowbridge E, Bindl L. “Beyond RVU’S: Changing Your Primary Care Compensation Plan from Volume to Value.” Webinar through the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM), 2014
  • National: Trowbridge E, Feldstein D, Schmidt A, Thom M, Sosman J, Bindl L. “Beyond RVU’s: Changing Your Compensation Plan to Reflect Primary Care Providers’ Actual Work.” Presentation at the Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting, 2014, Denver, CO
  • National: Trowbridge E, Bindl L. “Beyond RVU’S: Changing Your Primary Care Compensation Plan from Volume to Value.” Presentation at the AAIM Academic Internal Medicine Week, 2014, Washington, DC
  • National: Trowbridge E. “Successful Clinical Advocacy: The Story of the Ugly Duckling.” Presentation at the Association of Chiefs & Leaders of General Internal Medicine Winter Summit, 2014, Paradise Valley, AZ
  • National: Pandhi N, Berkson S, Caplan W, Davis S, Kamnetz S, Koslov S, Trowbridge E, Karp Z, Kraft S. “Finding a PATH to Support Scholarly Careers: Primary care Academics Transforming Healthcare.” Poster presented at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Integrating Quality Meeting, 2014, Chicago, IL
  • National: Kraft S, Pandhi N. “Connecting Dots: Creating a learning system linking clinical quality improvement, maintenance of certification and research.” Presentation at the American Board of Medical Specialties Annual Conference Innovate.Activate.Advance, 2014, Chicago, IL
  • National: Karp Z, Kamnetz S, Pandhi N. "Influences of the Primary Care Clinic Environment on Patients and Staff: Study Design." Poster presented at the I-PrACTISE Conference, 2014, Madison, WI
  • Local: Trowbridge E, Kraft S. “A Brave New World, Redesigning Primary Care.” Grand Rounds presentation at the UWSMPH Department of Medicine, 2014, Madison, WI
  • National: Trowbridge E, Bindl L. "Beyond RVU's: Changing Your Compensation Plan to Reflect PCPs Actual Work (The UW Health Primary Care Comp Plan)." PResentation at the Group Practice Improvement Network Meeting, 2013, San Antonio, TX
  • Regional: Trowbridge E. “Redesigning Primary Care: Partnering With Patients to Improve Health 2008-2013.” Hot Topics in Internal Medicine presentation at the UWSMPH Department of Medicine, 2014, Madison, WI
  • Regional: Trowbridge E. “Primary Care Redesign: The UW Health Story.” Presentation at the State Primary Care Conference, Office of CME, UW School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH), 2013, Madison, WI
  • Local: Kamnetz S, Trowbridge E, Koslov S. “Primary Care Redesign: A 5 Year Retrospective.” Presentation to the UW Medical Foundation’s Board of Directors, 2013, Madison, WI

Patient Engagement Toolkit

Toolkits Disseminated

Pandhi N, Kraft S, Caplan W, Kamnetz S, Davis S, Berkson S, Koslov S, Trowbridge E. "Partnering with Patients to Improve the Quality of Primary Care." Association of American Medical Colleges, MedEdPORTAL iCollaborative, 2013 Clinical Care Innovation Challenge. https://www.mededportal.org/icollaborative/resource/983

Center for Patient Partnerships, UW Health, PATH. “Patient Engagement in Redesigning Care.” Health Innovation Program HIPxChange Toolkit, 2014. http://hipxchange.org/PatientEngagement

Davis S, Gaines S. “Patient Engagement in Redesigning Care.” Association of American Medical Colleges, MedEdPORTAL iCollaborative, 2015. https://www.mededportal.org/icollaborative/resource/3891

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