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Geriatric Simulations Toolkit now available on HIPxChange

Older man walkingDr. Barbara King, the Executive Director of the Center for Aging Research and Education recently published the Geriatric Simulations Toolkit on HIPxChange. In this toolkit you will find concrete guidance and materials to use in four simulations related to caring for older adults. Also included are reflections from students and instructors that have experienced the simulations, recommended resources, and tool recommendations for those wishing to evaluate implementation of the simulations and their impact on learners. View the toolkit on HIPxChange here.

Health Innovation Program DRG Categories tool available on HIPxChange

Dr. Maureen Smith, Director of Health Innovation Program at UW School of Medicine and Public Health recently published the Health Innovation Program DRG Categories toolkit. The goal of this toolkit is to categorize the readmission of patients discharged to a SNF from an inpatient stay by grouping those patients into diagnosis-related group (DRG) clusters based on the joint likelihood of readmission and discharge to a SNF. This toolkit contains an Excel worksheet with the mappings from MS-DRGs to corresponding categories.

Pascale Carayon and Maureen Smith awarded $2.5 million grant to create patient safety learning lab

Pascale CarayonMaureen SmithDr. Pascale Carayon, the Procter & Gamble Bascom Professor in Total Quality in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Dr. Maureen Smith, professor in the Departments of Population Health Sciences and Family Medicine & Community Health, were recently awarded $2.5 million from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to create a patient safety learning lab.

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

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.

Brock Polnaszek Selected for MSTAR Award

Brock PolnaszekBrock Polnaszek was selected as one of the national recipients of the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) awards sponsored by the American Federation for Aging Research and the National Institutes on Aging.

His study, under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Kind and Dr. Sanjay Asthana, will aim to deternine the accuracy of written physical activity discharge order communication for hip fracture and stroke patients discharged to nursing homes from the hospital. Specifically, he will examine the accuracy of written activity orders for: (1) medical assistive devices for ambulating or transferring (i.e., cane), (2) level of assistance with sitting to standing, and (3) patient safety restrictions (i.e., fall risk).

Dr. Amy Kind Invited to Participate on CMS Technical Expert Panel

Amy KindDr. Amy Kind has been invited to participate on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Technical Expert Panel on re-evaluating hospital-level measures of 30-day post-discharge care transitions for patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF), and pneumonia.

This panel will re-evaluate three measures that are currently endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF) so that they can be used in the assessment of providing high-value care to Medicare beneficiaries.

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."

Coordinated-Transitional Care Toolkit Profiled on AHRQ Innovations Exchange

C-TraC LogoThe VA Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) program is profiled in the July 31st issue of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Health Care Innovations Exchange, a web-based program designed to support health care professionals in sharing and adopting innovations that improve health care quality.

View the C-TraC profile here.

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