Applications for Cardiovascular Prevention Enhancement Program due Feb. 28

The Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (WIPHL) and Transform Wisconsin have issued a call for applications for their CDC-funded Cardiovascular Prevention Enhancement Program (CPEP). CPEP aims to help Wisconsin clinics improve outcomes for their patients with type 2 diabetes, hypertension or lipid disorders.

Transform Wisconsin and WIPHL will select up to six Wisconsin clinics to participate. Ideally, at least two clinics will be located in rural counties. The application deadline is February 28, 2014.

WIPHL and Transform Wisconsin cite the following as possible advantages of participation in the program:

  • Satisfy dozens of NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition criteria.
  • Improve performance on several WCHQ and CMS Accountable Care Organization (ACO) quality measures.
  • Generate shared savings for ACOs.
  • Have a staff member trained in motivational interviewing.
  • Generate additional fee-for-service revenue.
  • Gain an additional edge in competing for contracts.
  • Take an important step toward delivering team-administered, value-based health care.
  • Help prevent cardiovascular disease among patients with important risk factors.

To download a more detailed program description click here. A program application is available here.

For more information or to register for the webinars, e-mail Rich Brown, MD.


More Than 12,000 Patients Have Been Screened Under WIPHL’s Current Grant

More than 12,000 brief screens for alcohol, drugs, tobacco and depression have been completed by WIPHL’s first three Partners in Integrated Care project clinics since November 2011. Bellin Health – Howard, Bellin Health – Ashwaubenon and Northern Health Center clinics screened patients for unhealthy drinking and drug use, tobacco use and depression, providing intervention and referral to treatment, if needed.

Administered by a trained health educator, BSI is proven to reduce alcohol and drug use – the fourth leading cause of death in Wisconsin – and healthcare costs. Behavioral screening and intervention (BSI) is top-tier recommended service and endorsed by the CDC, Joint Commission, National Business Group on Health, NIH, US Preventive Services Task Force and Wisconsin Medical Society.


WIPHL Trains Seven New Health Educators

In January, WIPHL trained seven new health educators to deliver behavioral screening and intervention (BSI) at five Wisconsin clinics. The training consisted of more than 60 hours of learning and practicing Motivational Interviewing, screening, brief assessment, behavioral activation, and care coordination skills.  The health educators also learned about evidence-based tobacco cessation approaches, collaborative care for depression and information on how alcohol and drugs impact health. This training met the criteria to bill Wisconsin Medicaid for SBIRT services, and at the end of the two-week training program, all seven health educators passed written and simulated patient exams.

Health educators meet with patients who screen positive on questionnaires for alcohol, drug use and other behavioral risks and conduct further assessment to deliver interventions or make referrals, as appropriate.

This new group of health educators will be working at:

  • Family Health / La Clinica, Wautoma
  • Sargeant Internal Medical Clinic, Medical College of Wisconsin,Wauwatosa
  • Richland Medical Center, Richland Center
  • University Health & Counseling Services, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater
  • Watertown Area Cares Clinic, Watertown