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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

Maureen Smith Receives AAMC Learning Health System Research Award

Maureen SmithDr. Maureen Smith recently received an AAMC Learning Health System Research Champion Award to recognize connections that were built between the UW Health, the UW Office of Continuing Professional Development, and the Health Innovation Program to link clinical quality improvement, maintenance of certification, and research. Together, these groups created a web-based resource to support clinicians in the writing and preparation of manuscripts based on their quality improvement activities, facilitating the evolution from quality improvement to generalizable knowledge. 

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.

5-Year Randomized Controlled Trial of C-TraC Funded by NIA

C-TraC LogoThe NIH-National Institute on Aging has just funded a 5 year Project (Project PI: Dr. Amy Kind) for a prospective, single-blind randomized controlled trial of the Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) program. The primary goal of this study is to determine C-TraC's impact on 30-day rehospitalizations, caregiver stress, and the patient-centered post-hospital outcomes of delirium prevention/resolution, functional maintenance/recovery, and falls prevention in patients with dementia discharged from the hospital to the community.

Coordinated-Transitional Care Program Featured on VA Website and UW-ICTR "Spotlight on Success"

C-TraC LogoThe U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' central office in Washington, DC recently released an article discussing the Coordinated Transitional Care (C-TraC) program directed by HIP investigator Dr. Amy Kind. Read the article here.

In addition, the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research recently featured Dr. Kind and the C-TraC program in the "Spotlight on Success" section of their newsletter. 

VA C-TraC Team Awarded the 2013 Innovations in Practice Award from the National Gerontological Nursing Association

C-TraC LogoThe VA Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) team was awarded the 2013 Innovations in Practice award from the National Gerontological Nursing Association. At the Association's annual convention on October 3-5, 2013 in Clearwater, FL, the VA C-TraC program's nurse case manager, Laury Jensen, presented "Development and Implementation of the VA Coordinated Transitional Care (C-TraC) Program: Successes, Challenges, and Lessons Learned."

Integrated Primary Care Consulting Psychiatry Toolkit Now Available on HIPxChange

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The Access Community Health Centers Integrated Primary Care Consulting Psychiatry Toolkit includes a detailed flow diagram of key communications between primary care physicians, behavioral health consultants, and consulting psychiatrists working together within a clinic. It emphasizes a team approach for addressing patients’ behavioral and mental health needs while supporting and encouraging efficient, whole-person care.

The Integrated Primary Care Consulting Psychiatry Toolkit was developed by researchers and clinicians at Access Community Health Centers and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. View the toolkit here.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Activity & Monitoring Toolkit Now Available on HIPxChange

Christie BartelsDr. Christie Bartels recently developed the Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Disease Activity & Monitoring Toolkit, which centers around a flowsheet built in the electronic health record that allows clinicians to dynamically assess RA activity consistent with national RA quality indicators advocating disease activity monitoring. The flowsheet longitudinally displays pertinent lab and clinical data for RA/medication management, as well as cardiovascular disease risk monitoring.

The RA Disease Activity & Monitoring Toolkit was developed by researchers and clinicians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health – Department of Medicine, Rheumatology Division. View the toolkit here.

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