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.
Dr. Maureen Smith et al. examined how physician groups respond to public reporting and found that a focus on publicly reported metrics increased improvement interventions for diabetes care at the clinic level.
In this study, the authors used EHR data and found that although ethnicity is a risk factor for having type 2 diabetes, minority status did not independently lead to diabetes screening as recommended by American Diabetes Association guidelines.
A study by Dr. Christie Bartels et al. found that fewer than half of eligible rheumatoid arthritis patients received primary lipid screening, which highlights a key target for cardiovascular disease reduction efforts.
Using HIP's Chronic Conditions Warehouse data, investigators found that rehospitalizations in Medicare patients are more common among for-profit hospital patients and are related to increased overall payments without improved mortality.
Marguerite Burns et al. found that Medicaid effectively limits out-of-pocket spending for the majority of disabled Medicaid enrollees that are not in institutions, but for 10% of these enrollees, annual out-of-pocket spending is $1,200 or higher.
In this study, authors abstracted over 200 charts from 24 cytotoxic chemotherapy studies and found that age and comorbidity did not predict for the development of dose-limiting toxicity in phase I chemotherapy trials.
In this study, the authors examined diverticulitis diagnoses in outpatient settings using electronic health record data and found that the diverticulitis diagnosis is often applied without objective evidence.
In this study, the authors compared national guidelines from the ADA and USPSTF for screening for diabetes mellitus, and found that the USPSTF guidelines resulted in a lower number of patients eligible for screening and decreased case finding.
Marguerite Burns studied the effect of Medicaid managed care organizations on health care expenditures for working age adults with disabilities and found that total monthly expenditures did not differ between fee-for-service and MCO counties.
Marguerite Burns examined the impact of Medicaid MCOs on health care access for adults with disabilities and found that mandatory MCO enrollees were more likely to wait >30 minutes to see a provider and report problems with accessing a specialist.