ImproveCareNow Community Conferences to Receive Sponsorship from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America

ImproveCareNow has entered into a sponsorship agreement with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). It was announced by Dr. Richard Colletti, Executive Network Director for ImproveCareNow. This sponsorship will enable parent partners to attend ImproveCareNow Community Conferences and will partially support the cost of conference registration for professionals at centers participating in ImproveCareNow. Funding from CCFA will be provided for a three year period.

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PCORI funding approved for pragmatic clinical trial to compare combination versus monotherapy in children with Crohn's disease

Michael D. Kappelman, MD, MPH of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (read the UNC press release here) and the ImproveCareNow Network has been awarded $7.9 million in funding from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to conduct a five year study comparing Anti-TNF Monotherapy versus Combination Therapy with Low Dose Methotrexate in Pediatric Crohn’s Disease.

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ImproveCareNow Comparative Effectiveness Research study is published in Pediatrics and highlighted by AGA

Dr. Richard Colletti, Executive Network Director for ImproveCareNow, announced earlier this month that an innovative study by ImproveCareNow, using the ImproveCareNow registry database ("ICN2"), has been published in Pediatrics. In addition, the article is being highlighted by the American Gastroenterological Society (AGA). Below are the abstract and the AGA highlights. Congratulations to all of the ImproveCareNow community members, including patients, parents, clinicians, researchers and all committed improvers, who made this possible.

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Health Care Improvement Priorities Project

Attention parents! Do you ever wish you knew more about the diagnosis, treatment, or management of your child’s IBD? Maybe you’ve wondered whether a certain drug or lifestyle change would help your child. Or maybe you are looking for information about the best ways to help your child take more responsibility for managing his or her IBD. These are important questions that research can help answer and there are many more just waiting to be asked!

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ImproveCareNow collaborating on 1-year adult IBD QI pilot project

In July 2013 ImproveCareNow began collaborating with adult gastroenterologists on a 1-year pilot project to evaluate the feasibility of a Quality Improvement (QI) network involving centers caring for adult patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

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Why the government cares about ImproveCareNow

Care centers participating in ImproveCareNow must assemble a multidisciplinary group of people who comprise what we call the “core QI team”. This team meets regularly, reviews data to identify areas for improvement, uses PDSA cycles to test and determine what changes will result in improvements, and steadily implements meaningful changes that result in more reliable and effective care for their IBD patients.

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ImproveCareNow Expands to Include 50 Centers

ImproveCareNow is pleased to announce that the Network has expanded to include 50 participating care centers, spanning 27 states and London, England.  Centers participating in ImproveCareNow now include 9 of the top 12 honor roll children’s hospitals, and 19 of the top 30 pediatric gastroenterology programs. 

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ImproveCareNow Welcomes Kravis Children's Hospital at Mount Sinai and OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital

ImproveCareNow is pleased to announce that the Network has expanded to include 46 participating care centers, spanning 26 states and including one center in London, England.  Centers participating in ImproveCareNow now include nine of the top 12 honor roll children’s hospitals, and 19 of the top 30 pediatric gastroenterology programs. 

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