Campus briefs

Jul. 21, 2014 @ 11:05 AM

UNC med school gets $6M for back program

CHAPEL HILL -- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine has been selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid’s Innovation Center for a $6 million prospective award for its “Better Back Care” program.

The school won the award through the Health Care Innovation Awards program, which seeks to test new payment and service delivery models that will deliver better care and lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid, and/or CHIP enrollees.

UNC’s program will create a medical community linking about 60 primary care providers with the UNC spine program, an existing multidisciplinary team of 10 specialty providers employing evidence-based, patient-centered approaches.

This medical community will adopt evidence-based, coordinated care of demonstrated effectiveness for patients with new on-set low back pain through guideline adherence, patient education and shared decision making, improved access to care, and care coordination. Nurse patient navigators will provide clinical support and care coordination for patients to ensure that they receive the right care at the right time.

“With this $6 million award, we will be able to expand this approach to the patients of 60 top primary care physicians in the Triangle,” said Dr. Matthew Ewend, chair of neurosurgery at the UNC School of Medicine. “The impact to patients, their families and the North Carolina economy of spine disease can't be understated.”

The program was developed with support from the UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine Center for Innovation.


Physical therapy joins orthopedic surgery department

DURHAM—Duke’s physical therapy division will become part of the department of orthopedic surgery effective this month, according to an announcement by the Duke University School of Medicine.

Offering a doctor of physical therapy degree since 1998, the division previously had its departmental home in community and family medicine.

The division has had an increasing alignment with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, according to the announcement.

The shift is expected to open up new opportunities for physical therapy education, research and clinical care.

The division will continue to be led by Michel D. Landry.

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