WCHQ Obesity Advisory Group Members Featured in Employer Education Event
Members of the WCHQ Obesity Advisory Group will be featured presenters at an employer-focused education event June 8: “The Obesity Epidemic and Its Impact on the Workplace.” Recognizing that employers and payers play a critical role in helping employees connect with treatment for obesity, WCHQ teamed up with The Alliance, M3 Insurance and Health Payment Systems (HPS) to sponsor an online event designed to build awareness of obesity as a treatable chronic disease.
Melanie Smith, OD, Advocate Aurora and Christopher Weber, MD, Ascension Wisconsin will provide an overview of the disease and treatments that are available. WCHQ Program Manager Jen Koberstein and Melina Kambitsi, PhD, The Alliance, will co-facilitate a question-and-answer session.
Lauren Schrage from Aspirus Health Plan will join Abby Ammerman from H-E-B and describe two employers approaches to identifying and treating employees who seek or who could benefit from services for obesity. Ammerman presented at a WCHQ Obesity Advisory meeting in January 2022. With more than 120,000 employees at H-E-B, Ammerman can share their experience related to offering obesity-centered services to their employees.
WCHQ members, corporate sponsors and annual partners are welcome to attend this free event. To learn more or register, click here.
Chronic Kidney Disease Advisory Group Starts to Define Work, Recruit Health Systems
Clearly focused on improving the quality and affordability of care and in turn, improving the health of individuals and communities, the newly formed Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Advisory Group is engaged and ready to make a difference.
Evidence supports the importance of early detection of CKD, but fewer than half of the people with diabetes get both the recommended estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio (uACR) screenings.  About 40 percent of the patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will develop kidney disease.
The CKD Advisory Group is off to a great start with eight health systems now participating in the development of the charter that will guide this particularly important initiative. At the April meeting, the group prefaced the importance of patient-centric work and proposed to consider the opportunity to work beyond the scope of diabetic patients. A subgroup will meet in May to provide an evidence-based recommendation to present to the larger group in June.
As a new framework is built for this newly formed advisory group, WCHQ is actively recruiting members to create a diverse level of expertise to support this work. To learn more about this work or to join the Advisory Group, contact Sheryl Pierce.
Survey Reveals WCHQ Members’ Approaches to Team-Based Care
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), team-based care has the potential to improve the comprehensiveness, coordination, efficiency, effectiveness and value of care, as well as the satisfaction of patients and providers. WCHQ members have reported challenges throughout the pandemic such as efficiencies within teams, team engagement, and fluctuating staffing models.
Out of 10 different types of team-based care (TBC) elements, members of the Chronic Disease Learning Collaborative TBC Workgroup identified approaches being utilized within their health systems in a recent WCHQ survey. TBC pre-visit planning, team huddles, transitions between specialties and primary care, and patient and provider shared goals were chosen by most members. Members reported they are most interested in re-focusing their efforts on components that support team-based care.
During the March workgroup meeting, members also shared their health system goals related to team-based care. Example goals included: diabetes care planning and managing the workflow between primary care and endocrinology, evaluating efforts around in-basket management and RN quality rooming standards, and focusing on warm hand-offs between departments.
To further guide the work within the CDLC TBC workgroup, the group looked beyond common practices, but also identified the greatest areas of interest. These topics will be addressed during future meetings. The following four areas of interest were identified:
- Transitions between specialties and primary care
- Self-measured blood pressure
- Referral tracking and follow-up
Does your organization do some great work in one of the areas listed above or are you interested in learning more? Reach out to Sheryl Pierce for an opportunity to join or present at an upcoming CDLC TBC workgroup meeting.
Progress to Address Disparities Depends on Collaboration
The Disparities Improvement Team met this month to finalize a strategy to engage a diverse group of stakeholders in the work of improving health equity in Wisconsin. The Improvement Team recognizes that health disparities cannot be addressed by health systems alone. To make progress on reducing disparities gaps will require collaboration with a wide variety of stakeholders, including advocacy organizations, patients, payers and others with a role in health care delivery, quality and access. The Disparities Improvement Team will be reaching out to potential stakeholders to identify areas of expertise, relevant resources and partnership opportunities.
The Improvement Team also began the process of documenting goals and interventions to improve health disparities in colorectal cancer screening, diabetes A1c control and hypertension control. This will allow the team to compile best practices and share proven interventions throughout the state. The team will track these goals across time by monitoring stratified measure results. For more information or to participate in the Disparities Improvement Team, please contact Abbey Harburn.
United States Renal Data System (USRDS). 2020 USRDS Annual Data Report:Epidemiology of kidney disease in the United States. National Institutes ofHealth, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases,Bethesda, MD, 2020. https://adr.usrds.org/2020.