7 Organizations Selected for the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced yesterday cooperative agreement awards for 7 organizations who will be partnering with 145 nursing facilities to implement the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents. The initiative will test models to improve the quality of care and help reduce avoidable hospitalizations among nursing facility residents by funding organizations that provide enhanced on-site services and supports to nursing facility residents. The selected organizations will collaborate with nursing facilities and State Medicaid programs to provide better quality of care in nursing facilities. All selected organizations will have on-site staff to partner with the existing nursing facility staff to provide preventive services as well as improve assessments and management of medical conditions. Participants will also work toward more seamless beneficiary transitions of care, and leverage use of emerging technologies, among many other activities. Each model will be subject to a rigorous external evaluation. The participating organizations announced today are: • Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation (Alabama) • Alegant Health (Nebraska) • HealthInsight of Nevada (Nevada) • Indiana University (Indiana) • The Curators of the University of Missouri (Missouri) • The Greater New York Hospital Foundation, Inc. (New York) • UMPC Community Provider Services (Pennsylvania) For more information about this initiative, visit innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/rahnfr.
Currently Indiana University is looking for RNs and NPs to be part of their project, "Optimizing Patient Transfers, Impacting Medical Quality, and Improving Symptoms: Transforming Institutional Care: The OPTIMISTIC Project. Visit: http://www.iupui.edu/~irespect/OPTIMISTIC.html to learn more. They are looking for 18 RNs and 6 NPs. In Brief: Project OPTIMISTIC: The Indiana University Center for Aging Research (IUCAR) and Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics has been awarded, in response to a CMS Innovations Center call, a comprehensive program, building on evidence-based strategies, to collaborate with 19 central Indiana nursing facilities to improve the quality of care of long stay nursing facility residents and reduce hospitalizations. This is a 4 year long initiative. These goals will be achieved through: 1.improving medical care, 2.enhancing transitional care and 3.access to palliative care.