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About CHSRA Research Projects Quality Indicators

The Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis (CHSRA) was formed in 1973 as a collaborative effort between the departments of Industrial Engineering and Preventive Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At CHSRA, researchers seek to improve long-term care and health systems by creating performance measures and developing information and decision support systems. CHSRA research and development projects serve a variety of audiences, including:

  • Long-term care and health care providers
  • Consumers
  • Policy makers
  • Resident and patient advocates
  • Regulatory agencies

This website provides information about current and past projects. Links to selected projects are provided below:

Wisconsin Coalition for Collaborative Excellence in Assisted Living Wisconsin Coalition for Collaborative Excellence in Assisted Living (WCCEAL) is a group of dedicated people organized to improve the outcomes of individuals living in Wisconsin assisted living facilities. When assisted living communities and health care facilities implement internal quality assurance and quality improvement throughout their systems, they will have betters outcomes. The core of WCCEAL is the implementation of an “association developed,” “department approved” comprehensive quality assurance, quality improvement program. Participants can logon to WCCEAL here.

Wisconsin Clinical Resource Center The WCRC project is available to all nursing home staff including all members of Wisconsin nursing homes affiliated with WHCA/WiCAL or LeadingAge Wisconsin (formerly known as WAHSA). CHSRA has designed the WCRC website and training materials for use by staff in Wisconsin nursing homes. The website provides key information and resources about 13 selected care areas, online trainings, and free access to AMDA clinical guidelines. Members can logon to WCRC here.

OrbsOrbs The Orbs website was designed by CHSRA to support the Wisconsin Division of Long Term Care (DLTC) nursing home Medicaid rate setting process. Medicaid Cost Reports are a major component for calculating Medicaid Long Term Care payments. The website is designed to support the transfer of Cost Reports and supporting documentation from nursing homes to CHSRA for use by Wisconsin DLTC staff. Registration must be approved by nursing home administrative staff and Wisconsin DLTC staff. Participants can logon to Orbs here.

Electronic Provider Initiative Project The Electronic Provider Initiative Project (ePIP) enables long term care facilities to submit Minimum Data Set (MDS) data, run Quality Indicator/Quality Measure (QI/QM) reports, and access quality information via a secure internet website. ePIP was discontinued on October 1, 2010 due to the release of MDS 3.0.


Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System
The Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES) is a collaborative approach to obtain medical and financial outcome information related to motor vehicle crashes for highway safety and injury control decision making.

Quality, Safety, and Innovation Lab

The Quality, Safety, and Innovation (QSI) Lab mission is to provide students with experience applying systems engineering tools and training in a health care setting. We partner with UW Hospitals and Clinics to work on various quality and process improvement projects, supporting them in their goal to be an innovative and agile leader in health care delivery.

Our lab is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from the UW-Madison College of Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering Program. The team consists of research assistants, interns, and independent study students who have a vested interest in healthcare.