Dr. Sharon Weber recently received an AHRQ Mentored Career Enhancement Award in Patient Centered Outcomes Research for Mid-Career and Senior Investigators for her project, "Incorporating the patient perspective to reduce readmission after complex surgery," which will aim to understand the causes of readmission from the patient's perspective and create a tool that will help decrease readmissions and associated health care costs.
Dr. Chris Crnich was recently awarded a 3-year R18 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for his project, "Building a novel antibiotic stewardship intervention for nursing homes." The objectives of this project are to develop and evaluate a complex intervention to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use in nursing homes.
Dr. Ann Sheehy testified before the US Senate Special Committee on Aging on July 30 on the impact of observation status on Medicare beneficiaries and the challenges of the "2-Midnight" rule for patients and care providers. Sheehy has also previously testified before the US House of Representatives on this topic.
View the video of her Senate testimony or read the transcript on the Senate website.
The Health Innovation Program and the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) recently partnered to launch a statewide learning event on diabetes care improvement. More than 125 representatives attended from 48 healthcare organizations across Wisconsin. The event was focused on diabetes care in the context of the Triple Aim: improving care, improving population health, and reducing cost.
Dr. Elizabeth Cox's project on family-centered tailoring of pediatric diabetes self-management resources was featured in the PCORI Regional Workshop on "The Power of Partnership in Research: Improving Healthcare Outcomes in the Midwest and Upper Plains" on June 18-19.
You can view the slides from Dr. Cox's presentation on the PCORI website.
Dr. Jennifer Weiss was recently appointed to the American Gastroenterological Association's Ethics Committee, whose mission is to support the AGA Institute's core value to promote the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in the field of gastroenterology.
The committee is currently working on clinical vignettes to promote discussion around ethical issues in gastroenterology, and will be hosting a panel discussion at Digestive Disease Week 2015.
Dr. Ann Sheehy testified at the US House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Subcommitee on Health hearing on current hospital issues in the Medicare program last week. She spoke about the clinical impact of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services "2-midnight rule," which classifies most hospital encounters of less than 2 midnights as observation.