In this article, Dr. Ryan Coller et al. characterize common handoff practices between hospitals & PCPs after pediatric hospitalizations and test the hypothesis that common handoff practices are associated with fewer unplanned readmissions.
Using HIP's SEER-Medicare data, investigators found that intraoperative frozen section or touch preparation during partial mastectomy did not result in a reduction in subsequent breast operations in women with DCIS.
In this study, the authors found similar racial/ethnic differences in the receipt of preventive health care before and after the introduction of the CMS Quality Bonus Payment Demonstration, a pay-for-performance program.
This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes a collaboration between internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in the pursuit of the Triple Aim.
Dr. Ryan Coller et al. sought to identify subgroups of US children with special health care needs and characterized key outcomes such as ED visit and hospitalization rates, medical home attributes, quality of life issues, and cost by subgroup.
This study, which used HIP's Chronic Conditions Warehouse data, found that older patients who received prolonged mechanical ventilation following surgery had a higher 1-year mortality and were less likely to be discharged home.
Using HIP's Chronic Conditions Warehouse data, authors examined the use of systemic steroids in patients with IBD and found that younger patients and those who lived in rural areas were more likely to receive them.
In this article, Dr. Ryan Coller et al. examined whether patients with medical homes were less likely to have early post-discharge hospital or emergency department encounters and found that lacking a usual source for care was associated with readmissions.
This multidisciplinary group practice observational study by Dr. Heather Johnson's team found that greater healthcare utilization among patients with anxiety and/or depression may contribute to faster hypertension control.
This article by UW PATH discusses a novel partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm that funds ambulatory care quality improvement projects that jointly benefit both the healthcare organization and the payer.
This pilot study using EHR data found a sharp increase in the number of patients with severe mental illness seeking care after the integration of behavioral health into primary clinics in two federally qualified health centers.
This study used HIP data to examine goals of 62 ambulatory-relevant condition categories. Using the Delphi method, investigators found that 12 conditions were concordant with diabetes care and 50 were discordant.
In this study, Marguerite Burns et al. measured the change in health care use by rural, low-income childless adults after enrollment into a new public insurance program and found that it led to substantial increases in outpatient visits.
Marguerite Burns et al. examined the effect of switching from Medicaid to Medicare Part D private drug plans on the receipt of pharmacotherapy for biopolar I disorder and found that the use of guideline-concordant pharmacotherapy increased.
In this article, Dr. Maureen Smith et al. describe the External Community Review Committee that engages community reviewers in making funding decisions for the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research Pilot Grant Program.
Dr. Jennifer Weiss led a study investigating patient, provider, and clinic factors that predict variation in colorectal cancer screening rates and found that variation exists among primary care providers and clinics.
This article introduces the Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) Program, a low-resource telephone-based program designed to reduce rehospitalizations for patients with high-risk conditions discharged to community settings.
In this study, Dr. Christie Bartels et al. examined the extent to which lipid testing was performed among patients with rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular-related comorbidities and the effect of annual PCP visits on lipid testing rates.
In this study co-authored by Dr. Jennifer Weiss, the authors found that colorectal adenocarcinoma is rare in the 5 years following a negative CT colonography screening, suggesting that current strategies for CT screening are appropriate.