The State of Wisconsin is currently in the midst of a diabetes epidemic, and management of diabetes lies almost entirely in the hands of those who live with the condition. To help address this issue, the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging launched the Healthy Living with Diabetes Program in 2013 with support from the Health Innovation Program. The program consists of a series of self-management workshop sessions that are conducted by trained lay leaders, many of whom have diabetes themsevles. To date, the program has reached over 2,300 participants across the state.
Dr. Yao Liu spoke at a UW Health "Saving Sight Session" on April 21 on the topic of Telemedicine: Saving Sight at Home and Around the World. In this community lecture, she discusses expanding access to eye care through telemedicine, particularly for diabetic eye disease in Wisconsin's rural communities. You can view the lecture video in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Video Library.
Nancy Pandhi et al. Win Patient Choice Award for Work on Engaging the Community in Research on Behavioral Health
Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Pandhi and her research team on winning the Patient Choice Award for their Dane 1 in 4 work. The winning poster, titled "Engaging the Community in Identifying and Prioritizing Outcomes for Integrated Primary Care Behavioral Health," was presented at the annual North American Primary Care Research Group in October.
WCHQ Improvement Toolkits on Improving Diabetes Care, Hypertension Care, and Colorectal Cancer Screening Now Available
The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality recently partnered with HIP to make 3 improvement toolkits available on HIPxChange. The toolkits present evidence-based strategies and a variety of supporting resources that healthcare provider organizations can use to improve care and outcomes in 3 areas: blood sugar (A1c) control for patients with diabetes, blood pressure control for patients with hypertension, and screening for colorectal cancer.
Dr. Elizabeth Magnan received a KL2 award from the University of California - Davis to examine the impact of multiple chronic conditions with diabetes on preventable adverse events and the role of care prioritization on health and health care processes in order to develop targeted interventions. Dr. Magnan's long-term goal is to improve health outcomes and reduce medical complications for patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions.
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.
A new effort led by Dr. Nancy Pandhi to integrate mental health care into the primary health care system is being undertaken by several Dane county healthcare organizations and UW-Madison programs. The project, Dane 1 in 4, kicked off Monday, September 20 with a forum at the United Way that involved attendees from more than 15 health delivery systems, advocacy organizations, school mental health programs, and other agencies. Starting in October, Dane 1 in 4 will be seeking patient feedback through an anonymous survey that will be available on their website and in various Dane county clinics and health centers.
Dr. 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.
The Children's Hospital Safety Climate Questionnaire and Access Integrated Primary Care Consulting Psychiatry toolkit were recently posted as resources in the iCollaborative section of the AAMC MedEdPORTAL, a website that aims to equip healthcare professionals across the continuum of care with tools to improve patient care.