February 2020 Newsletter

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Summer 2020 Meeting: July 10-11

Lake Geneva, WI

The SCW Summer Meeting will take place on July 10–11, 2020 at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, The meeting will include a keynote address, performance report distribution, and quality initiative action planning.

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SCW hosted a one-hour Policy Breakout Panel, “Improving Surgical Care in Wisconsin through a Statewide Collaborative,” at Wisconsin Doctor Day 2020.

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Member Highlight

Neel Karne, MD
General Surgeon, Beloit Health System

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Policy Updates

The Merit-based Incentive payment system (MIPS) recently released their Value Pathways (MVPs), a participating framework that will begin with the 2021 performance period, and they used Surgery as an example. This model acknowledges the unique variation in clinician practices, program requirements, and reporting burden, and it addresses many of these concerns by removing unnecessary elements and streamlining program requirements.  Learn more about MIPS here.

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Quality Initiative Updates 

Pediatric Quality Initiative

Collaborative learning sessions on Umbilical Hernia Repair are taking place semi-monthly. Interested in participating? Tell us you’d like to receive email updates regarding upcoming sessions.

Recommended Reading

Issue Brief: Implementation Research to Understand Effective Approaches to Opioid Management in Health System

  • Improving the safety of opioid prescribing requires more than just evidence for clinical recommendations.
  • There has been a growing body of research on interventions, with aims ranging from improving prescribing and guideline-concordant care to reducing the risk of opioids, misuse, abuse and overdose.
  • Despite this growing evidence, the field needs to expand the evidence base by better describing the strategies used and how to tailor them, as well as by leveraging mixed-methods and implementation science.

Upcoming Opportunities 

La Follette School of Public Affairs Forum: Health Policy

March 2, 2020 in Madison, WI

Wisconsin Public Health Association: Annual Public Health Conference (WPHA)

May 19–21, 2020 in Green Bay, WI

American College of Surgeons Quality and Safety Conference

July 24–27, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN