WWMA Clinics Participating in 3-Year Cardiac Care Study

River Falls, Wis. – March, 2011 – The clinics of Western Wisconsin Medical Associates (WWMA), which includeHudson Physicians, River Falls, and New Richmond Medical Clinics, have been selected to collaborate with HealthPartners Research Foundation (HPRF) on a three-year research study. The study aims to understand the best way to organize and deliver care for patients with heart disease – the leading cause of death in St. Croix County. The project is funded by the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. Paul McGinnis, MD, of Hudson Physicians; Thomas Kottke, MD, of HPRF and Hudson Hospital; and Jacquelyn Huebsch, PhD, RN, of HPRF are the lead investigators. Features of the study A newly hired registered nurse (RN) is a key feature of the study. The nurse will be a care manager, working closely with physicians, staff and patients at all WWMA clinics to coordinate cardiac care, enhance communication and engage patients. To better understand current practices in place for the delivery of cardiac care, some patients with heart disease will be mailed a survey asking about their care this May. WWMA providers and staff will also be surveyed on their opinions about the delivery of cardiac care.  Finally, in 2014, the researchers will evaluate the health outcomes and costs for WWMA patients with heart disease and share the results with the communities that WWMA serves.  Translating best practices to the local community “We’re very excited for this opportunity,” said Dr. Keri Lijewski, a River Falls physician. “This will provide us an opportunity to participate in new and innovative ways to care for our patients...