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University of Wisconsin Approved for $2.1 Million Funding Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Liz JacobsCan peer support do a better job than standard community services of keeping elderly people out of hospitals and nursing homes?

A University of Wisconsin-Madison research team led by Dr. Elizabeth Jacobs, associate professor of medicine and associate vice chair for health services research, was awarded $2.1 million by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study “The Effectiveness of Peer-to-Peer Community Support to Promote Aging in Place.” This three-year study is one of 33 grants approved in this year’s cycle by PCORI.

Sharon Weber Awarded AHRQ K18 Grant

Sharon WeberDr. Sharon Weber recently received an AHRQ Mentored Career Enhancement Award in Patient Centered Outcomes Research for Mid-Career and Senior Investigators for her project, "Incorporating the patient perspective to reduce readmission after complex surgery," which will aim to understand the causes of readmission from the patient's perspective and create a tool that will help decrease readmissions and associated health care costs.

Ann Sheehy Testifies Before Congress on 2-Midnight Rule

Ann SheehyDr. Ann Sheehy testified at the US House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Subcommitee on Health hearing on current hospital issues in the Medicare program last week. She spoke about the clinical impact of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services "2-midnight rule," which classifies most hospital encounters of less than 2 midnights as observation. 

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.

Sally Kraft, MD, MPH Awarded AAMC Learning Health System Planning Award

Sally KraftDr. Sally Kraft, Medical Director for Quality, Safety, and Innovation at UW Health, was awarded an AAMC Learning Health System Planning award for a project entitled, "Connecting the Dots: Building the Infrastructure Linking Patient Care to Professional Education to Scholarly Work and Back to the Patient Again." This project will be conducted in conjunction with the Health Innovation Program and the UW SMPH Office of Continuing Professional Development, and will align continuing education, quality improvement education and implementation, and practice-based learning and scholarly contributions.

David Goldhill To Speak on Preventing Catastrophe in Health Care

David GoldhillPlease join David Goldhill, Chief Executive of media company GSN and author of a New York Times best-selling book in this Health Innovation Program-sponsored event.

"David Goldhill has written a devastating and utterly original analysis of what has gone wrong with the American health care system. Read it, and take a deep breath. He will convince you that our 'solutions' are not solving our problems. They are making our problems worse." - Malcolm Gladwell

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.

2013 Wisconsin Health Improvement & Research Partnerships Forum

The 2013 Wisconsin Health Improvement & Research Partnerships Forum will be held on Sept. 12-13 in the UW-Madison Union South. The theme of this year's forum is "Facilitating Partnership: Common Mission, Multiple Approaches," and the workshops and presentations will focus on the following topics: how organizations are working together to solve health problems, tools that can be used to overcome collaboration obstacles, and innovative methods for implementing & evaluating health advances.

HIP is a sponsor of this year's forum, and everyone is invited to attend. View more details about the forum here.

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