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. Kind et al.'s paper on the topic also won the 2014 Best Research in Health & Society at UW-Madison prize.
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.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently awarded Abiola Keller, PhD, MPH, clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at Marquette University, a 2-year $100,000 grant through the New Connections program. She will be evaluating the increasing role of non-physician providers in improving the quality and equity of depression treatment in the United States. View the official press release here.
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.