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Members of Healthy Policy and Management Program Comment on M&M Case for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Thu, 09/17/2015

Two members of the Department of Critical Care Medicine and the CRISMA Center’s Program on Health Policy & Management were invited to comment on a morbidity and mortality case for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). LauraEllen Ashcraft, MSW, and Jeremy Kahn, MD, MS, discussed the case, “A Fumbled Handoff to Inpatient Rehab,” which involved the transfer of a young male patient from the hospital to postacute care.

In their analysis, Ashcraft and Kahn discussed the risks associated with transitions to postacute care, the failure to “right size” postacute care in this particular instance, and the policy efforts being developed to facilitate better transitions. You may read the entire case and their commentary here.

Their invitation from the AHRQ is an example of how the Health Policy and Management team has been successful in developing a reputation as health policy experts, as well as fostering the development of non-clinician researchers, such as Ashcraft, who first authored this commentary.

Ashcraft is a Senior Research Coordinator in the Health Policy and Management Program in the Clinical Research, Investigation, and Systems Modeling of Acute Illness (CRISMA) Center.  Kahn is Associate Professor of Critical Care, Medicine and Health Policy in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health, and the director of the CRISMA Program on Critical Care Health Policy & Management