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Pediatric Complex Care Program Receives CMS Innovation Award

Ryan CollerDr. Ryan Coller will be participating in a $9.45 million CMS Innovation Award that was recently received by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the UW Health Pediatric Complex Care Program, and the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Special Needs Program. The award will enable further development of the Pediatric Complex Care Program's mission of care coordination for children with medical complexity.

HIP Investigators Awarded UW-ICTR Pilot Grants

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Several HIP investigators were recently awarded pilot grants from the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW-ICTR). Drs. Christie Bartels, Michelle Chui, Korey Kennelty, Nancy Pandhi, and Gretchen Schwarze will be conducting projects on a variety of topics in inpatient, outpatient, and pharmacy settings that engage patients and community health care organizations as collaborators.

University of Wisconsin Approved for $2.1 Million Funding Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Liz JacobsCan peer support do a better job than standard community services of keeping elderly people out of hospitals and nursing homes?

A University of Wisconsin-Madison research team led by Dr. Elizabeth Jacobs, associate professor of medicine and associate vice chair for health services research, was awarded $2.1 million by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study “The Effectiveness of Peer-to-Peer Community Support to Promote Aging in Place.” This three-year study is one of 33 grants approved in this year’s cycle by PCORI.

Jennifer Weiss Appointed to AGA Ethics Committee

Jen WeissDr. 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. Nasia Safdar Wins Excellence in Patient Engagement Award

Nasia SafdarDr. Nasia Safdar recently won the John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement. This award recognizes individuals and healthcare provider institutions that are changing the face of healthcare by using innovative programs and approaches that increase patient and family engagement.

Read more about the award and Dr. Safdar's innovative approach to involving patients in reducing infections at EngagingPatients.org.

Brock Polnaszek Selected for MSTAR Award

Brock PolnaszekBrock Polnaszek was selected as one of the national recipients of the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) awards sponsored by the American Federation for Aging Research and the National Institutes on Aging.

His study, under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Kind and Dr. Sanjay Asthana, will aim to deternine the accuracy of written physical activity discharge order communication for hip fracture and stroke patients discharged to nursing homes from the hospital. Specifically, he will examine the accuracy of written activity orders for: (1) medical assistive devices for ambulating or transferring (i.e., cane), (2) level of assistance with sitting to standing, and (3) patient safety restrictions (i.e., fall risk).

Dr. Amy Kind Invited to Participate on CMS Technical Expert Panel

Amy KindDr. Amy Kind has been invited to participate on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Technical Expert Panel on re-evaluating hospital-level measures of 30-day post-discharge care transitions for patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF), and pneumonia.

This panel will re-evaluate three measures that are currently endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF) so that they can be used in the assessment of providing high-value care to Medicare beneficiaries.

Nancy Pandhi and Gretchen Schwarze Receive WPP New Investigator Awards

Nancy PandhiGretchen Schwarze

Dr. Nancy Pandhi and Dr. Gretchen Schwarze have been selected to receive New Investigator awards from the Wisconsin Partnership Program for their projects, "Aligning Preferences in Older Adults with Decision for High Risk Surgery" and "The Effectiveness of an Integrated Mental Health and Primary Care Model for Wisconsin Patients with Severe Mental Illness," respectively. 

Read more about the studies here

Elizabeth Cox Re-Appointed to Serve on PCORI Advisory Panel

Elizabeth CoxElizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Population Health Sciences, has been re-appointed by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to serve on their Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems (IHS).

The Advisory Panel on IHS is one of four panels to provide expertise and feedback on scientific and technical issues, represent patient and stakeholder engagement, and review and highlight research questions to represent PCORI’s mission.

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