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Heather Johnson Honored as Outstanding Woman of Color

Heather JohnsonDr. Heather Johnson was selected as one of seven Outstanding Women of Color by the University of Wisconsin - Madison for 2015-16. A campus-wide reception to honor these women will be held on Wednesday, October 7 from 5:00-7:30 pm at the Pyle Center. In addition to her UW-Madison honor, Dr. Johnson has also been nominated for the UW System 20th Annual Awards to Outstanding Women of Color in Education. Congratulations, Dr. Johnson! 

Amy Kind Briefs Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Amy KindDr. Amy Kind recently briefed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on her work that showed that patients who were more socioeconomically disadvantaged were more likely to be readmitted to the hospital. A video of her presentation, as well as Continuing Medical Education credit, is available through the CMS website. Dr. Kind et al.'s paper on the topic also won the 2014 Best Research in Health & Society at UW-Madison prize. 

Elizabeth Magnan receives KL2

Beth MagnanDr. Elizabeth Magnan received a KL2 award from the University of California - Davis to examine the impact of multiple chronic conditions with diabetes on preventable adverse events and the role of care prioritization on health and health care processes in order to develop targeted interventions. Dr. Magnan's long-term goal is to improve health outcomes and reduce medical complications for patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions.

Society of Hospital Medicine Webinar on Family-Centered Rounds

Elizabeth CoxMichelle Kelly

Drs. Elizabeth Cox and Michelle Kelly spoke about family-centered rounds at a Society of Hospital Medicine webinar on Wednesday, April 22. The webinar reviewed the development, implementation, and evaluation of a family-centered rounds checklist and the associated toolkit of materials, available on HIPxChange, to support best practices in family-centered rounding. The webinar recording will be available on the Society of Hospital Medicine website.

Algorithm for Identifying Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions

Elizabeth MagnanA 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

Gretchen SchwarzeIn a recent article in The New York Times, Dr. 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. 

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