Congratulations to Dr. Menggang Yu, who will lead 1 of 46 research projects approved for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funding to help patients and those who care for them make better informed healthcare decisions. For more information about Dr. Yu's research and PCORI, visit this link.
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.
In 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ifna Ejebe was awarded the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) R36 Health Services Dissertation Award and the NIH Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Award (F30) through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Ifna will serve as the Principal Investigator of the project “Diabetes Self-Management Education and Associated Healthcare Use in US Adults.” The overall objective of this study is to investigate the distribution of diabetes self-management education and its contribution toward persistent disparities in diabetes outcomes, medical expenditures, and healthcare use.