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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s and Nationwide Children’s Hospital report successful first year of The Congenital Heart Collaborative

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s (UH Rainbow) and Nationwide Children’s Hospital became Ohio’s leading heart center for kids and adults with congenital heart disease last summer by combining their talent and resources in pediatric heart care and cardiothoracic surgery.

“The Congenital Heart Collaborative is an innovative care model that has strengthened pediatric cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery programs in Cleveland and Columbus through meaningful clinical integration and optimal patient-and family-centered care,” says Patti DePompei, RN, MSN, President, UH Rainbow and UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital.
“It is important that we continuously improve our models of care to meet the demands of the ever-changing health care industry, and we are fortunate to have found a great partner with shared vision and values in Nationwide Children’s Hospital.”

The Collaborative is built around the concept of “one program, two campuses” and is led by Timothy Feltes, MD, FACC, and Mark Galantowicz, MD, FACS, both of whom are co-directors of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rainbow Care Connection improves health care for Cleveland’s children

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (UH Rainbow) innovative physician extension team (PET)* model, called the UH Rainbow Care Connection, effectively improved access and care for children with complex chronic conditions and behavioral health problems over a four-year award period. Since the model’s inception, UH Rainbow has seen a significant decrease in hospitalizations for children with behavioral health conditions (57%) and medically complex children (25%). The study also recorded a decrease in unnecessary visits to the emergency department (22%) for all children.

In 2012, UH Rainbow received a $12.7 million Health Care Innovation Award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). To effectuate the award, UH created one of the first pediatric accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the country -- called UH Rainbow Care Connection -- to enhance health care for more than 200,000 children in northeast Ohio, one-third of whom are Medicaid enrollees. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Study shows acetaminophen can be tolerated by children with mild, persistent asthma

CLEVELAND – A new study finds young children with mild, persistent asthma, can tolerate acetaminophen without the worsening of asthma, when compared with ibuprofen use. The study, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) asthma network (AsthmaNet), appears in the August 18, 2016, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

“Previous observational studies had suggested that acetaminophen use was associated with asthma symptoms,” says Kristie Ross, MD, MS, Clinical Director, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy/Immunology and Sleep Medicine at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital (UH Rainbow) and co-author on the study. “Results from this randomized controlled study showed that in young children with mild asthma, acetaminophen used as needed was not associated with increased asthma flares or more asthma symptoms.  These findings can help us reassure parents of young children with asthma that they can continue to use acetaminophen on an as needed basis and as directed to treat pain and fever without concern that it will worsen asthma symptoms.”

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

University Hospitals in Cleveland selected to participate in new national initiative to prevent heart attacks and strokes

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, is one of 516 awardees from 47 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to help reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes among millions of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. Health care practitioners participating in this new Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model will work to decrease cardiovascular disease risk by assessing an individual patient’s risk for heart attack or stroke and applying prevention interventions.  
“We are excited to join this initiative because it offers tremendous potential for us to save thousands of lives here in northern Ohio, and share our outcomes with colleagues around the country, ultimately improving care for hundreds of thousands,” said Todd Zeiger, MD, family medicine physician at UH Sharon Family Physicians. “Engaging patients in the process of developing personalized intervention plans is a crucial component to success, and we are eager to work with our eligible population to do so.”
UH’s primary care network is the largest group of family and internal medicine providers in northern Ohio, with 375 family and internal medicine providers in 112 locations.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Phase 3 Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial for potential add-on therapy to Donepezil (Aricept) at University Hospitals

CLEVELAND — University Hospitals Case Medical Center is participating in a Phase III clinical research study, called MINDSET, to evaluate the effectiveness of a potential new treatment option for people with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease.  The investigational drug, RVT-101, is being tested as an add-on therapy to donepezil (brand name Aricept®). Alan Lerner, MD, Director of the Brain Health and Memory Center at UH, is the principal investigator of the study in Cleveland.
MINDSET is an international, multi-center, double blind, placebo-controlled study designed to evaluate the safety, efficacy and tolerability of RVT-101.  The 24-week trial will compare RVT-101 to placebo in approximately 1,150 people with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease. All study participants will remain on donepezil therapy during the trial.  

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