Building on innovations in kidney disease research and policy

Kidney disease significantly alters the quality of life of millions of people worldwide who live with this illness, as well as the family and friends who may provide care for them. It exacerbates a host of other chronic conditions, contributing both to shortened lifespan and a huge cost burden on the healthcare system. Despite some recent promising trends, the disease remains highly prevalent in the U.S. and around the world, though it is not always recognized as the scourge it is. Learn more about important work by IHPI-affiliated researchers that is making a difference in the health and quality of life of those living with kidney disease, while improving their access to care, the safety and effectiveness of clinical practice, and reducing costs associated with this illness.
Fendrick testifies before U.S. Senate Subcommittee

On February 26, Mark Fendrick, M.D., professor of internal medicine and director of the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID), testified before the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel. Fendrick discussed how the principles of value-based insurance design and clinical nuance can contribute positively to defense health care reform.

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Additionally, on March 16 U.S. House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) recommended that Congress expand ideas like value-based insurance design throughout the entire Medicare Advantage program in his opening statement in a hearing on Preserving & Strengthening Medicare. Committee members Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Diane Black (R-TN) both mentioned the importance of V-BID, and two of the hearing witnesses, Dr. Katherine Baicker of Harvard and Stu Guterman of AcademyHealth, were very supportive of value-based insurance design.
Focus on Flint

Mahshid Abir, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of emergency medicine, Rebecca Cunningham, M.D., professor of emergency medicine, and Marc Zimmerman, Ph.D., professor of health behavior and health education, authored the article "Focus on the Long Haul in Flint: Community resilience is key in the aftermath of Flint's lead water crisis" for U.S. News & World Report.

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The Institute brings great minds together to address healthcare's biggest challenges. More than 470 investigators come to IHPI from U-M's top-ranked schools of medicine, nursing, public health, engineering, social work, law, business, and public policy, among others, as well as members of affiliated local research organizations.
Kales named to Lancet panel on dementia care

Helen C. Kales, M.D.,  U-M professor of psychiatry, is one of 20 international dementia experts named to The Lancet Commission on Dementia Care. The Lancet has partnered with leading academic and charitable institutions (University College London, Alzheimer's Society, ESRC and Alzheimer's Research U.K.) to establish a Commission on Dementia Care. The Commission is reviewing the current evidence to generate evidence-based recommendations and a campaign to implement priority actions for the provision of effective and equitable dementia care, to help prevent dementia and decrease symptoms and burden for people with dementia and their families so that they can live well.

Rosland named to National Academy of Medicine Scientific Advisory Panel

Ann-Marie Rosland, M.D., M.S., U-M assistant professor of internal medicine, was named to the National Academy of Medicine Scientific Advisory Panel on the Evidence for Patient and Family-Centered Care. This group of researchers, healthcare professionals and administrators is tasked to NAM's Care Culture and Decision-making Innovation Collaborative (CCDmIC) on the status of the evidence-base for person-centered care. The CCDmIC catalyzes joint activities among leaders of organizations of health professionals, patient and family-focused organizations, decision science practitioners, and communications professionals.

Saint earns top national award from VA

Sanjay Saint, M.D., M.P.H., George Dock Collegiate Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, and chief of medicine, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, has been named the recipient of the Mark Wolcott Award for Excellence in Clinical Care Delivery by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This award is the highest honor for healthcare providers in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Saint is widely regarded as the international leader in the area of preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infection, one of the world's most common healthcare-associated infections.

Chopra honored with a Society of Hospital Medicine Award of Excellence

Vineet Chopra, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, was honored for exemplary contributions to hospital medicine and dedication to improving patient care by the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). Chopra was named a winner of the SHM 2016 Awards of Excellence, which honors best practices in hospital medicine in areas including quality improvement, research, teaching and teamwork. SHM celebrated the winners at the Hospital Medicine 2016 meeting in San Diego, California, on March 8.


Date: April 18, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m. -  2:00 p.m.
Location: U-M North Campus Research Complex, Building 10, Research Auditorium
Speaker:  Arnold Milstein, M.D., M.P.H. Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC) director, and professor of Medicine, Stanford University

Date: April 26, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: U-M North Campus Research Complex, Building 10, Research Auditorium

Health News Review seeks to improve the public dialogue about health care by helping consumers critically analyze claims about health care interventions and by promoting the principles of shared decision-making reinforced by accurate, balanced and complete information about the tradeoffs involved in health care decisions. Gary Schwitzer, who directs the site's work, will discuss how health researchers can engage with the site, and how they can help journalists and public relations professionals "get it right" when communicating about any topic in health care and health research.

This year, the School of Nursing celebrates 125 years.  The U-M Training School for Nurses was established in 1891  in direct response to a growing need for professional nurses, organized and operated under the auspices of the Medical School. It was reorganized as the U-M Hospital Training School in 1912. In 1941, the nursing program was officially recognized as an independent university teaching unit and the name of the school was changed to the University of Michigan School of Nursing. U-M faculty and alumni, top nursing scientists, and global health leaders will join together for a major international symposium on April 5-7, 2016 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of nursing education at the University of Michigan. 
Check out more historic milestones in U-M health professional education, health services research, and health policy through our interactive timeline

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