At the Bedside

A trade association for Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs), which review Medicare claims under an incentivized payment model, is hoping that a new report on recovered claims will cause the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reverse course on its decision to limit the number of claims they can review....
An editorial by Jennifer Wright, MD , clinical assistant professor (pictured at upper right) and Craig January, MD, PhD (pictured at lower right) commented on research about the use of blood thinners for people with atrial fibrillation, which is a common type of heart arrhythmia. The study, which was conducted...
UW Health's Adult Congenital Heart Disease program has earned a five-year accreditation from the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA). The multidisciplinary program is led by Heather Bartlett, MD (pictured at right), associate professor (CHS), Cardiovascular Medicine and Department of Pediatrics. Program team members care for adults who were diagnosed with...
A new effort funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is enabling the creation of online training materials for behavioral health specialists to help people living with mental illness quit smoking. The project, led by Bruce Christiansen, PhD , senior scientist, General Internal Medicine and UW Center for Tobacco...
Atrial fibrillation, a cardiac arrhythmia commonly referred to as AFib, affects nearly 30M people worldwide. Miguel Leal, MD , assistant professor (CHS), Cardiovascular Medicine, spoke on the Larry Meiller Show on Wisconsin Public Radio about current clinical management approaches and research on AFib. "This arrhythmia does cause a lot of...
In August 2018, the Epic Systems Corporation annual users group meeting drew more than 7,500 attendees to the the company's headquarters in Verona, Wisconsin. Topics included a presentation about using Epic's electronic health record (EHR) system to prompt physicians to ask patients who use tobacco if they want to quit....
A new government report indicates that human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates are continuing to climb in the United States, rising 5 percentage points between 2016 and 2017. Nearly 66 percent of boys and girls aged 13 to 17 received the first dose in the vaccine series in 2017, according to...
Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD , professor, Infectious Disease and vice chair for research, has been awarded nearly $2.5M over 5 years from the National Institutes of Health - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (R01 award) for a proposal entitled, "Fluoroquinolone Restriction for the Prevention of C. difficile Infection (CDI):...
A cancer diagnosis in young adulthood can throw life into a tailspin, requiring a focus on health and treatment during a time that is often aimed at pursuing education, career, and/or starting a family. During a Wisconsin Public Radio show, Ryan Mattison, MD , associate professor (CHS), Hematology, Medical Oncology...
The epidemic of diabetes in the United States has reached staggering proportions: 40 percent of Wisconsin adults are expected to develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime, and 100 M adults nationwide have diabetes or pre-diabetes. Dawn Belt Davis, MD, PhD , associate professor, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and Rene...