MacColl Center co-founder Brian Austin, who is retiring this week, reflects on how the Center became a global pioneer in health care transformation.
Each year at the Birnbaum Lecture, Group Health Research Institute presents the Birnbaum Award to Group Health staff who’ve made extraordinary contributions to the organization’s development as a learning health care system. At the 2014 Lecture, the award will be presented to people involved in three outstanding projects, all funded by Group Health’s Partnership for Innovation.
The Advanced Primary Care Demonstration Project is helping 500 federally qualified health centers across the U.S. become “level 3 patient-centered medical homes”—in preparation for the uninsured Americans who will seek care in these “safety net” clinics.
The collaborative TEAMcare program for people with depression and either diabetes, heart disease, or both appears at least to pay for itself, according to a UW Medicine and Group Health Research Institute report in the May 7 Archives of General Psychiatry. Over two years, after accounting for the $1,224 per patient that the program cost, it may save as much as $594 per patient in outpatient costs.
Treating to target’ and self-care, says Group Health-UW research The growing number of people with multiple physical and mental chronic conditions are among the toughest—and costliest—to care for. The TEAMcare collaborative care program is a promising solution.
Most U.S. health care costs go to caring for the 133 million Americans with chronic conditions. Almost half have at least two chronic illnesses. One of those chronic illnesses is often depression, which can hinder a person’s ability to manage everything.
Two leaders from the Group Health Center for Health Studies—Drs. Eric B. Larson and Ed Wagner—have been elected to The Institute of Medicine (IOM), one of the nation's top honors in medicine.