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Shelly Plutowski (@rwp01) posted · Tue, May 13 2014 · View  

Mayo Study Identifies Strategies to Reduce Early Hospital Readmissions

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Mayo Clinic review of 47 studies found that 30-day readmissions can be reduced by almost 20 percent when specific efforts are taken to prevent them. Key among these are interventions to help patients deal with the work passed on to them at discharge. The results of the review are published in this week’s issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Shelly Plutowski (@rwp01) posted · Tue, May 6 2014 · View  

New Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Surgical Care Model Improves Care Value, Predictability and the Patient Experience

ROCHESTER, Minn. — New research from Mayo Clinic shows that implementing a uniform method to care for lower-risk cardiac surgical patients improves outcomes, reduces patients’ time in the hospital and lowers overall per patient costs by 15 percent. The study is published in the May issue of Health Affairs.

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Cook are available in the downloads.

“In the high-acuity, full-service hospital, individual clinical judgment remains key, and some medical care demands this,” says David Cook, M.D., a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist and primary author of the study. “But if this philosophy is applied universally, the same medical problem could be approached in 10 different ways by 10 different physicians, leading to unwarranted variability in costs, quality and outcomes.”


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Shelly Plutowski (@rwp01) posted · Tue, Apr 1 2014 · View  

Mayo Clinic Wins 2014 INFORMS Prize

Mayo Clinic team receives Informs awardThe Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) named Mayo Clinic the winner of the 2014 INFORMS Prize, an award given to one organization that has applied operations research and management science disciplines in pioneering, varied, novel and lasting ways.

“Operations research is deeply rooted in our organization,” says Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy, M.D.  “It started with Henry Plummer’s work on an integrated paper medical record more than 100 years ago and continues today through the sophisticated analytics and operations research infrastructure that we use to improve the work we do for patients.”

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Current examples include blood management, cardiac care redesign and forecasting efforts to improve patient access. Mayo Clinic employs more than 500 OR/MS practitioners who use methods such as optimization, forecasting and mathematical modeling to enhance strategic planning, care process redesign, inventory management and project management.


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Shelly Plutowski (@rwp01) posted · Wed, Jan 15 2014 · View  

Most Practice Guideline Recommendations Based on Less-Than-Ideal Quality of Evidence

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Jan. 15, 2014 — A study published in the January issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings shows that most clinical practice guidelines for interventional procedures (e.g., bronchoscopy, angioplasty) are based on lower-quality medical evidence and fail to disclose authors’ conflicts of interest.

“Guidelines are meant to create a succinct roadmap for the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions by analyzing and summarizing the increasingly abundant medical research,” write Joseph Feuerstein, M.D., and colleagues from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “Guidelines are used as a means to establish a standard of care … However, a guideline’s validity is rooted in its development process.”

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Shelly Plutowski (@rwp01) posted · Wed, Oct 23 2013 · View  

Kern Family Gives $100 Million to Mayo Clinic, Signaling Confidence in Mayo to Transform Health Care

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic announced today that benefactors Robert and Patricia Kern have given $100 million to Mayo, with more than $87 million dedicated to the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, a strategic initiative that uses quality and engineering principles to improve the way patients experience health care. To honor the Kerns, Mayo Clinic will name the center the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.


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"Our desire is that the center will establish new standards for more effective, efficient care — bringing the dream of health care for all to reality," says Mr. Kern.

In 2011, the Kerns gave Mayo Clinic $20 million to launch the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. The Kerns' recent gift is more than $67 million. The Kerns also have supported neuroscience research and education at Mayo Clinic.

The Kerns' gift will expand center operations, endow five scientific director positions and create online education offerings. A portion of this new gift will support concerted efforts to share the center's portfolio of scientifically proven, high-value models of care with health care providers throughout the United States.

"This changes everything," says John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. "With the Kerns' support, Mayo Clinic will re-engineer health care to improve safety, quality and value. Importantly, the Kerns' gift empowers us to share these findings with hospitals, clinics and nursing homes across the country so that patients everywhere get the high-quality, high-value care they need and deserve."

Led by Véronique L. Roger, M.D., M.P.H., a cardiologist, epidemiologist and outcomes researcher, and Mark Hayward, a senior administrator at Mayo Clinic, the Mayo Clinic Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery is home to leading physicians, researchers, systems engineers, social scientists and other experts who pool collective knowledge to improve diagnosis, treatment and care of patients. For example, center experts are using telemedicine to provide care to rural stroke patients, studyinghow to reduce surgical site infections, and creating smart technology that synthesizes and prioritizes medical record information about the sickest patients in the hospital.

The Kerns' relationship with Mayo Clinic stretches back more than 80 years. Mr. Kern first came to Mayo Clinic in 1930 at age 5. A mechanical engineer with an affinity for innovation, Mr. Kern harnessed silicon technology to start his own business, Generac Power Systems, in 1959. Based in Waukesha, Wis., the company grew from a two-person operation run from the Kerns' garage into what eventually became one of the largest manufacturers of generators in the world.

The Mayo Clinic Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery builds upon more than a century of health care delivery research at Mayo Clinic. The goal of the center is to focus and coordinate resources to analyze, evaluate and implement care delivery models that improve value for patients.


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Shelly Plutowski (@rwp01) posted · Tue, Jun 26 2012 · View  

Mammograms Decline After Task Force Recommendation

ROCHESTER, Minn. — June 26, 2012.  Preventive mammography rates in women in their 40s have dropped nearly 6 percent nationwide since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against routine mammograms for women in this age group, a Mayo Clinic analysis shows. That represents a small but significant decrease since the controversial guidelines were released, the researchers say. Their findings are being presented at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting, June 24-26, in Orlando, Fla.

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"The 2009 USPSTF guidelines resulted in significant backlash among patients, physicians and other organizations, prompting many medical societies to release opposing guidelines," says co-author Nilay Shah, Ph.D., a researcher at the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. "We were interested in determining the impact that the recommendations and subsequent public debate had upon utilization of mammography in younger women."

Using a large, national representative database of 100 health plans, researchers identified the number of screening mammograms performed between January 2006 and December 2010, and compared rates before and after the task force report. Nearly 8 million women ages 40 to 64 were included in the analysis.

Comparing mammography rates before and after publication of the new guidelines, researchers found that the recommendations were associated with a 5.72 percent decrease in the mammography rate for women ages 40-49. Over a year, nearly 54,000 fewer mammograms were performed in this age group.

"For the first year after the guidelines changed, there was a small but significant decrease in the rate of mammography for women ages 40–49," Dr. Shah says. "This is consistent with the context of the guidelines change. A modest effect is also in line with the public resistance to the guidelines change and the subsequent release of conflicting guidelines."


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Shelly Plutowski (@rwp01) posted · Wed, Jun 20 2012 · View  

Mayo Clinic Receives Three Multimillion-Dollar Innovation Awards

ROCHESTER, Minn. — June 20, 2012.  Mayo Clinic and its collaborators have been awarded nearly $60 million from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to improve health care delivery. The grants will improve critical care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in intensive care units, improve care and outcomes for patients who have depression and diabetes or cardiovascular disease, and work with patients with chronic conditions and their families to better engage them in medical decisions.

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"We're grateful that CMMI has recognized the commitment of our physicians, scientists and collaborators to drive patient-centered, high-value care," says John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. "Our commitment to innovation and patient-centered, high-value care will continue regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on the Affordable Care Act or how health care reform evolves politically. What will remain constant is our unfailing focus on meeting the needs of patients."

The Health Care Innovation Awards fund up to $1 billion in grants to applicants who will implement compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program, particularly those with the highest health care needs.

"These grants provide the funding needed to transform the way patients in the United States experience health care," says Veronique Roger, M.D., M.P.H., director of Mayo Clinic's Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, which rigorously studies, validates and implements innovative health care delivery models. "At the end of the day, health care is about treating patients in a manner that delivers optimal outcomes and quality of life in the most efficient way possible."
Project I: Patient-centric electronic environment for improving acute care performance
Role: Leader
Mayo Clinic Lead Investigators: Ognjen Gajic, M.D.; Brian Pickering, M.B., B.Ch.
Geographic Reach: Minnesota, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma
Funding Amount: $16,035,264
Estimated Three-Year Savings for Government Programs: $81,345,987

Summary: Mayo Clinic, in collaboration with US Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group and Philips Research North America, is receiving an award to improve critical care performance for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in intensive care units (ICUs). Data show that 27 percent of such Medicare beneficiaries face preventable treatment errors due to information overload among ICU providers. Mayo Clinic's model will enhance effective use of data using a Cloud-based system that combines a centralized data repository with electronic surveillance and quality measurement of care responses. As a result, Mayo expects to reduce ICU complications and costs.

Over a three-year period, Mayo Clinic will train 1,440 existing ICU caregivers in four diverse hospital systems to effectively use new health information technologies to manage ICU patient care.

Mayo Clinic's expertise: Mayo Clinic brings informatics expertise to translate data into actionable clinical knowledge. Other grant-supported Mayo Clinic initiatives that rely heavily on informatics include the Rochester Epidemiology Project, Beacon, Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP) Program and the Mayo Clinic Center for Translational Science Activities.


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