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WCHQ Improvement Toolkits on Improving Diabetes Care, Hypertension Care, and Colorectal Cancer Screening Now Available

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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 diabetesblood pressure control for patients with hypertension, and screening for colorectal cancer.

"Partnering with Patients in Health Care" Mini Med School Video Available Online

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The video of the "Partnering with Patients in Health Care" Mini Med School that was recently held by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is now available online. Several HIP investigators and affiliates spoke at the event, which focused on how patients can help improve health care, research, and policy. You can read a recap of the event on the Center for Patient Partnerships website and the Department of Family Medicine website, and toolkits discussed in the event are available on HIPxChange.

Society of Hospital Medicine Webinar on Family-Centered Rounds

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Drs. Elizabeth Cox and Michelle Kelly spoke about family-centered rounds at a Society of Hospital Medicine webinar on Wednesday, April 22. The webinar reviewed the development, implementation, and evaluation of a family-centered rounds checklist and the associated toolkit of materials, available on HIPxChange, to support best practices in family-centered rounding. The webinar recording will be available on the Society of Hospital Medicine website.

Algorithm for Identifying Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions

Elizabeth MagnanA 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.

C-TraC Named a Nationwide VA Best Practice

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The Coordinated Transitional Care (C-TraC) program led by HIP investigator Dr. Amy Kind was recently identified by the Veterans Engineering Resource Center as one of 4 best practices to improve care coordination in Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide. The C-TraC program is a low-resource, registered nurse telephone-based initiative that aims to improve transitional care and post-discharge outcomes. You can learn more about C-TraC and download the protocol on HIPxChange

Dane 1 in 4: Integrating Mental Health Care with Primary Care

Nancy PandhiA 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.

Elizabeth Cox's Project Featured in the Wall Street Journal

Elizabeth CoxDr. Elizabeth Cox's project funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is featured in a recent article on patient engagement in clinical trials in the Wall Street Journal. In the project, Dr. Cox and colleagues are working with children and their families to determine the optimal way to tailor a family-centered diabetes management program to pediatric patients' specific needs.

HIPxChange Toolkits Now Available on AAMC MedEdPORTAL

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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.

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.

Christie Bartels Awarded Pfizer Grant

Christie BartelsDr. Christie Bartels was recently awarded a 2.5 year Pfizer Independent Grant for Learning and Change for her project, "Systems-based CVD prevention protocols for rheumatology teams: A low-cost multidisciplinary approach." The goal of the project is to improve management of modifiable cardiovascular disease risk factors as a path to improve the cardiovascular health and survival of patients with rheumatic diseases. The project will apply evidence-based staff-driven protocols in RA clinic visits to improve management of hypertension and tobacco use. This QI project responds to the aim of the Pfizer program to support "screening for and modification of modifiable CVD risk factors in RA patients."

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