Dr. Maureen Smith was recently awarded a 4-year grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program to support a Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ)-sponsored effort in collaboration with the Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE) to measure and publicly report disparities in the quality of care for health systems across the state of Wisconsin. While Wisconsin ranks high in overall quality of care nationally, the state performs poorly with respect to disparities in quality of care.
A team of investigators that includes Dr. Elizabeth Cox recently received funding from AHRQ and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to develop and implement new children's quality measures for asthma and sickle cell disease. The project is funded under the Pediatric Quality Measures Program, and will be used by state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs, as well as payors, clinicians, and patients & families to measure improve the quality of care for children with these diseases.
Dr. Brian Patterson was recently awarded a K08 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to study the prevention of future falls among older adults presenting to the emergency department (ED). Older adults frequently rely on the ED for acute, unscheduled care, and these vists offer an opportunity to identify older adults at higher risk of falls at a time when fall risk factors can be modified. However, screening interventions in the ED often fail due to time constraints. The objective of this study is to identify adults at high risk of future falls and improve their care both during their ED visit and after discharge.
Dr. Maureen Smith was recently awarded $1.4 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for a joint project between UW-Madison, Massachussetts General Hospital/Harvard University, and the University of Iowa. In this project, the investigators will seek to identify the most important parts of case management programs in 22 health systems across the country and assess how well they work. The project will help build the capacity of PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network. Read the full press release here.
The Society of Hospital Medicine is now offering CME credit for a webinar led by Dr. Elizabeth Cox and Dr. Michelle Kelly on the development, implementation, and evaluation of a family-centered rounds checklist and associated toolkit of materials to support best practices in family-centered rounding. The CME activity is free. You can view details and register here.
Nasia Safdar has been awarded a contract from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to improve research on the prevention and treatment of healthcare-associated infections (HAI). Dr. Safdar’s project creates a sustainable panel of older rural Wisconsin patients and their families, and other stakeholders including UW Health Infection Prevention staff and the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. To achieve this goal, Dr. Safdar and Researcher Mary Jo Knobloch will collaborate with Dr.
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. Amy Kind recently briefed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on her work that showed that patients who were more socioeconomically disadvantaged were more likely to be readmitted to the hospital. A video of her presentation, as well as Continuing Medical Education credit, is available through the CMS website. Dr.
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.
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.