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Read the latest news from the Center for Healthcare Studies. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards, and honors.


  • Dr. Elisa Gordon to be recognized by NU for NKFI Gift of Life Award
  • Dr. Alex Lo's editorial regarding ER department innovations picked up for publication

    Dr. Lo describes the upcoming publication:

    This article discussed the relatively new innovative approach to care for older adults with complex health care needs visiting the Emergency Department by using ED-based Observation Units to provide a more comprehensive assessment of their geriatric health concerns that may distinct from the reason they came to the ED but equally important in terms of their overall health trajectory.  The traditional ED model rarely allows enough time and resources to address these complex issues, but an interdisciplinary Observation Unit model jointly led by an emergency physician and a geriatrician has been successfully pioneered at The Ohio State University and provides the conceptual basis to positively impact population health.  However, the current insurance and reimbursement model often places an undue financial burden upon the patient because of particular Medicare reimbursement policies.  In order to make this clinically meaningful program benefit large numbers of patients, current hospital reimbursement and patient insurance coverage policies need to evolve.

  • Dr. Julie K. Johnson and New US-Netherlands Study Will Examine Patient-Doctor Collaboration

    New US-Netherlands Study Will Examine Patient-Doctor Collaboration

    RheLaunCh—Reframing Healthcare Services through the Lens of Co-Production—islaunched with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    Minneapolis, MN, January 23, 2017

    —The Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation (MMRF) today launches a three-year study of patients in the United States and the Netherlands to examine co-production of healthcare and social services—whereby healthcare professionals, patients and their families work together to design, deliver, and assess the relationships and actions that contribute to the health of individuals and populations. The new study, known as “Reframing Healthcare Services through the Lens of Co-Production” (RheLaunCh), is supported by a $499,000.00 grant to MMRF from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). A second grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Global Ideas Fund at CAF America was awarded to Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands.
    In recent years, both the United States and the Netherlands have implemented practices and programs to better nurture co-production of care, particularly among patients with chronic and complex health care needs. Focusing on patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the RheLaunCh study will examine the degree to which patients are empowered to co-produce their care. The study will explore the mechanisms by which patients and providers co-produce healthcare and social services as together they seek better outcomes—including better health status, better patient experiences of care, better quality of life, and lower cost. 
    In addition, the study will assess health and social services in each country and their integration. Studies have shown that although the Netherlands spends less on healthcare and more on social care than the United States, the Netherlands achieves better outcomes for patients.  The RheLaunCh researchers hope that the study will yield significant insights into best practices that could help build a Culture of Health and meet the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim of better health status, better patient experiences of care, and lower cost.
    The researchers will survey 200 patients to assess access to services, patient empowerment, and outcomes and produce a detailed demographic and clinical comparison of U.S. and Dutch national, regional and local health care and social service systems for patients with CHF and COPD.  Additionally, the researchers will develop 20 case studies (ten U.S. and ten Dutch) that illustrate people’s experiences of the co-production of healthcare and social services. 

    “As we work to build a Culture of Health in the United States, we can learn from our colleagues abroad who also are striving to improve the health of their citizens,” said Laura C. Leviton, Senior Adviser for Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “We’re intentionally looking to countries like the Netherlands to see what we might learn from their efforts to build patient engagement. RheLaunCh will provide great insight into the barriers, opportunities, and strategies for improving co-production of care for both of our nations.”

    The Co-Principal Investigators for the United States study arm are Bradley A. Bart, MD, Chief, Cardiology, Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), and Julie K. Johnson, MSPH, PhD, Northwestern University Hospital. Other senior U.S. investigators are Brita Roy, MD, MPH, Yale University School of Medicine, Michelle Carlson, MD, HCMC, Paul B. Batalden, MD., Professor Emeritus, Dartmouth College, and Syl Jones, Narrative Medicine Fellow, HCMC.
    The Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation (MMRF) is a subsidiary of Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., and operates as the research arm of Hennepin County Medical Center.



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