How can we keep more people from joining the ranks of the 29 million Americans already diagnosed with diabetes? What if we could tell with precision who has the highest risk of developing the disease, and figure out which preventive steps are most likely to help each of them individually? Researchers have just released a “precision medicine” approach to diabetes prevention that could do just that – using existing information, and without needing new genetic tests.
No matter where they come from, some of the nation’s most critically ill and injured adult emergency patients end up in one place: the UMHS Emergency Department. Now, the most critical emergency patients will go straight to a new unit designed just for them.
What should doctors wear? And how does something as simple as their choice of a suit, scrubs or slacks influence how patients view them? A new analysis takes a comprehensive look – and finds that the answer isn’t as simple as you might think.
If you’re an older person having a major operation these days, it is very likely that your hospital is receiving a “report card” on their performance. These reports are designed to prompt hospitals to improve in areas where they perform poorly. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news: Those “report cards” do not seem to be making things better for patients.
Every day, more patients from every county of Michigan and beyond seek care from the University of Michigan’s hospitals – a rising demand that the U-M Health System has worked to keep pace with. Today, the U-M Board of Regents approved a $9 million project that will help that effort and make U-M’s advanced patient care available to even more patients, by renovating an existing hospital area to create a 22-bed short-stay unit.
The U-M Board of Regents have unanimously approved the appointment of Marschall Runge, M.D., Ph.D., as the university’s next executive vice president for medical affairs. He will take office to lead the U-M Health System on March 1.
Ten years ago, the federal government tapped U-M physicians to pioneer a new effort, aimed at getting more value out of every dollar spent on the care of Medicare patients. Today, the improvements and experience that grew out of that effort will now benefit all patients treated at U-M Health System’s hospitals and clinics.
Since its launch in April, 477,000 Michiganders have signed up for a new Medicaid health insurance option offered by the state, called the Healthy Michigan Plan. Now, University of Michigan researchers will study how well the new plan works, and advise the state government on how well it’s living up to what lawmakers intended.
Despite years of effort to help American seniors with high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes get their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar under control, new research shows wide gaps between older people of different ethnic backgrounds in all three of these key health measures.
Joseph E. Fournier has accepted an offer to become the next chief human resources officer for the U-M Health System. He will begin this leadership role in February 2015, with overall responsibility for human resources programs, initiatives and services in the Health System.
U-M President Mark Schlissel today announced that he will be recommending the appointment of Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D., to become U-M’s executive vice president for medical affairs March 1, pending approval by the Board of Regents in December.
The federal government will fine more than 2,600 hospitals in the coming year, because too many Medicare patients treated at these hospitals are ending up back in the hospital within 30 days of going home. Two new conditions have been added in this round of penalties: elective hip and knee replacement and chronic lung disease. Now, a new U-M analysis shows that penalties for chronic lung disease will have a greater impact on hospitals that care for poor and minority patients.
For the sixth time in a row, the University of Michigan Health System’s patient care has earned a top grade on a national report card for patient safety – showing how well U-M clinicians protect patients from errors, injuries and infections.
Right out of the starting gate, Michigan’s expansion of health coverage for the poor and near-poor holds lessons for other states that are still on the fence about expanding their own Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, a new analysis shows.
Every day, the dedicated staff of UMHS hospitals and health centers take care of patients with serious illnesses – including those who carry infectious diseases. We’re drawing on this experience and expertise to help us prepare for the possibility of receiving patients who have Ebola virus disease, or a high risk of developing it.
A decade ago, America’s health care community took on heart attacks with gusto, harnessing the power of research and data to make sure that
every patient got the best possible care. It worked: death rates have dropped. Now, say a pair of U-M experts, it’s time to do the same for sepsis.
A new study pulls back the curtain on one of the most contentious issues in health care: differences in payment between physicians who perform operations and those who don’t. Contrary to perception, the research indicates, the physician payment system is not inherently “rigged” to favor surgeons.
Two years ago, more than 1,800 doctors from U-M and around Michigan joined together to improve the care of 80,000 people who rely on Medicare, while also slowing the growth of their health costs. Data released yesterday show they achieved much of their aim in just the first year, though more opportunities remain to improve care and contain costs further.
Doctors nationwide rate the U-M Health System as one of the best places for young doctors to train in their chosen field, across 20 medical specialties, according to a new ranking. Nearly 1,200 residents and fellows are currently training at University of Michigan in 105 specialties.
Doctors at one hospital may be as much as six times as likely to admit an emergency patient with a common non-life-threatening diagnosis to the hospital, compared with doctors at another hospital treating an identical patient, a new U-M study finds.