UM-VA team awarded AHRQ grant to enhance cognition, communication, and patient safety among care providers

Sanjay Saint, M.D., M.P.H., professor of internal medicine, along with Amy Cohn, Ph.D., associate professor of engineering, Jennifer Meddings, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine, and Vineet Chopra, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of internal medicine, will research ways to improve the delivery of inpatient care by cross-linking investigators from diverse disciplines  -- including engineering, medicine, nursing, architecture and design and computer science. The 4-year, $4 million research project, "Enhancing Patient Safety through Cognition & Communication: The M-Safety Lab," will look at ways to implement novel methods to enhance cognition and communication among care providers in order to reduce hospital-acquired complications.

Congressman Price and others leaders visit IHPI  
Congressman Tom Price
(pictured top photo----on left) with
IHPI Director Dr. John Ayanian
(pictured top photo----on right)
On September 25, U-M Medical School alumnus U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) visited IHPI along with his wife, Georgia State Rep. Dr. Betty Price, and Dr. Joe Schwarz, a former state senator and congressman from Michigan who is now a lecturer at the Ford School of Public Policy.

The visit acquainted the legislative leaders with IHPI's key initiatives and potential as a source of expertise to policymakers. It included a discussion with IHPI director John Ayanian, M.D., MPP and deputy director Matt M. Davis, M.D., MAPP, as well as a select group of IHPI member faculty whose work relates to hot topics in health policy today, including Julia Adler-Milstein, Ph.D., Eve Kerr, M.D., MPH, Mark Fendrick, M.D., Amy Bohnert, Ph.D., M.H.S., and Darrell "Skip" Campbell, Jr., M.D.

Representative Price, who chairs the House Budget Committee, encouraged IHPI members to connect with policymakers to offer expertise based on their work.
National Academy of Medicine and IHPI: New members and more  
The National Academy of Medicine inducted its newest members, and announced those newly elected who will be inducted next fall. IHPI member Mark Fendrick, M.D. professor of general medicine is among those formally entering this honorary body. IHPI member Marita Titler, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, professor of nursing, was also among those announced as members of the next NAM class, following recent elections. Two other IHPI members have news related to the NAM, and its affiliate the Institute of Medicine: James Burke, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of neurology, has been named NAM's 2015 Gilbert S. Omenn Fellow, and John Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., IHPI director, has been named to the IOM Committee on Accounting for Socioeconomic Status in Medicare Payment Programs. 

U-M team creates new guide to decrease dangers from long-term IV devices

 Vineet Chopra, M.D., U-M assistant professor of internal medicine, along with University of Michigan Medical School and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System experts, have published the first comprehensive guide to using intravenous devices of all kinds.

In Annals of Internal Medicine, Chopra and his team describe the guide they call "MAGIC," or Michigan Appropriateness Guide for Intravenous Catheters. It is based on an exhaustive review of evidence, and gives clinicians an easy-to-use framework to pick the right device for their patients.

Dr. Chopra, lead author of the new criteria, describes their origins and usefulness for clinicians
Dr. Chopra, lead author of the new criteria, describes their origins and usefulness for clinicians
IHPI members featured in Harvard Business Review

Recently, the Harvard Business Review and the New England Journal of Medicine teamed up to create Measuring Costs and Outcomes in Health Care, a six-week online forum designed to explore cutting-edge ways to improve quality and reduce waste.

Two IHPI members, U-M IHPI Director John Z. Ayanian, M.D., MPP, and Jeffrey Kullgren, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine, were invited to write pieces for the forum. Dr. Ayanian's was titled " The Costs of Racial Disparities in Health Care" while Dr. Kullgren focused on " How to Teach People About Healthcare Pricing".

The forum will continue to add daily posts until October 26.






Highlights from ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Vested Interests conference keynote address

Dr. Richard Besser
On October 1, IHPI and the U-M Center for the History of Medicine co-sponsored a public event about Vested Interests in Healthcare, as a prelude to an invitation-only conference the next day. The public event featured a keynote address by ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser, and a panel moderated by Huffington Post reporter Jonathan Cohn and featuring John McDonough, Dr.P.H., M.P.A., of the Harvard School of Public Health, Christopher Koller of the Milbank Memorial Fund and Nicholas Bagley, J.D., of the U-M Law School. IHPI live-tweeted the entire Oct. 1 event, sharing key points made by each speaker. Read the highlights of this two-hour event in just minutes.

New study shows suicide attempts and self harm increase in wake of weight-loss surgery

In the three years after they go under the knife, patients who have bariatric surgery to aid in weight loss are more likely than they were before the operation to attempt suicide or end up in the hospital after doing harm to themselves, new research says. In a commentary published in JAMA Surgery, Amir Ghaferi, M.D., U-M assistant professor of surgery, wrote that expert opinion currently sets the standard for choosing which patients can safely get the surgery and how they should be prepared.



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. 


U-M IHPI Director Ayanian elected to AcademyHealth Board

Health services researchers from across the U.S. who make up the members of AcademyHealth have elected U-M Professor of Internal Medicine and IHPI Director John Z. Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P. to the organization's Board of Directors, along with two other leaders in health services research. He will join the board in December along with Helen Burstin, M.D., M.P.H., FACP, the Chief Scientific Officer of The National Quality Forum, and Claire Brindis, Dr.P.H., who directs the University of California, San Francisco's Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.

IHPI joins Health Policy Forum

The Institute has joined the Michigan Health Policy Forum as a sponsor member. The forum was established in 1986 by a bipartisan group of healthcare stakeholders from state government, health organizations, the community and academia. Michigan State University served as the convener and administrator of the forum for its 25 year history. The purpose of the Forum is to provide policymakers with an opportunity to learn about and discuss health policy issues in an atmosphere free from partisan demands. U-M IHPI Director John Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., recently was appointed to serve on the Advisory Board, which provides recommendations on the topics and speakers presented by the Forum.






Use Linkedin? Follow IHPI!

IHPI has just launched a page on LinkedIn, and will use it to share updates about the work of our members and our institute as a whole. To follow us, go to http://umhealth.me/ihpi-LI and click the yellow "Follow" button at top right.

Big ideas need big data

IHPI's Data & Methods Hub is building up our data resources for our members' use, and connecting our members with expertise and other data sources. As of this month, we have more than 20 terabytes of secure deidentified data, from more than 113 million Americans covered by a range of public and private health insurance sources. We're also partnering with the rest of U-M in a $100 million Data Science Initiative. See our data holdings and services on our new Data Resources page.
Second annual We #MakeHealth Fest at U-M to focus on design and innovation

Date: October 25
Time: 11:00 a.m. --6:00 p.m.
Location: U-M Palmer Commons

The 2nd annual We #MakeHealth Fest at the University of Michigan will be held on October 25. The collaborative event will be focused on participatory design, innovation, and the creation of a Maker Movement for health. Come learn about new tools and technologies, share your projects and creations as an exhibitor or a presenter, or just come and be inspired by the community in the room -- designers, programmers, tinkerers, patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers.

Keynote speakers include Susannah Fox, Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Jose Gomez-Marquez and Anna Young of the Little Devices Lab and MakerNurse.

U-M Opioid Overdose Summit

Date: December 1, 2015
Location: University of Michigan, Palmer Commons

Every day, 44 people in the US die from overdose of prescription painkillers, and many more become addicted, according to the CDC. Prescription drug overdose ----and especially opioid overdose ----is currently at epidemic levels.

Join U-M's IHPI and the Injury Center for a day of science-based exploration and learning on an emerging public health issue: overdose injury and death related to opioids (prescription pain medications). Researchers, clinicians, and public health practitioners are encouraged to attend as well as the general public who have an interest in the topic.

Origins of the U-M College of Pharmacy

The U-M College of Pharmacy was established as the School of Pharmacy in 1876, becoming the first pharmacy school in a public university. It became a college in 1915.

The Institute is built upon a rich history of health services research, exemplified in dozens of pre-existing and emerging centers and programs working toward the common goal of tackling today's most challenging healthcare topics. IHPI provides the venue and resources to bring these groups together to accelerate knowledge and improvements in the quality, safety, equity and affordability of healthcare.

Spotlight on: CHEAR

The Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit at U-M is a multidisciplinary health services research unit, based in the Division of General Pediatrics that brings together faculty from multiple pediatric subspecialty disciplines, other departments from the school of medicine, and multiple schools and institutes across the University of Michigan. Its mission is to conduct high quality, rigorous, timely health services research with the potential for real impact on children's health.

Current research topics include the use of mobile technology for improving pediatric health outcomes, development of pediatric quality measures, and partnering with state and national policy makers on newborn screening and immunization policy. CHEAR is home to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health which measures current national public opinion, perceptions and priorities regarding major health care issues and trends for U.S. children and people in their communities.

The Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation is committed to improving the quality, safety, equity, and affordability of health care services

To carry out our ambitious mission, our efforts are focused in four areas:
  • Evaluating the impact of healthcare reforms
  • Improving the health of communities
  • Promoting greater value in healthcare
  • Innovating in IT and healthcare delivery


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