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Indiana U start-up develops training system to improve care at nursing homes

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: August 29th, 2018

A start-up from Indiana University (IU) aims to improve the way nursing homes care for long-term residents.

Care Revolution trains registered nurses and facility staff to optimize the treatment of chronic disease, reduce unnecessary medications and hospitalizations, and clarify health goals for long-term residents. The start-up’s program, known as OPTIMISTIC, has received more than $30 million in funding from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

“More than 25% of long-stay residents are hospitalized annually, which is burdensome to the residents and their families,” says Kathleen Unroe, associate professor at IU and founder of Care Revolution. “Around 45% of these visits are considered avoidable, which means they are a source of inefficiency and a waste of resources. They are also expensive, costing Medicare and Medicaid more than $1.9 billion in 2005.”

The OPTIMISTIC program was initially tested at 19 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in central Indiana. It reduced the number of avoidable hospitalizations by 33% and lowered Medicare expenses by an average of $1,589 per resident each year. Between 2014 and 2016, the program saved more than $3 million in healthcare costs for those facilities.

The IU Philanthropic Venture Fund has awarded Care Revolution a $150,000 investment to further develop and commercialize the OPTIMISTIC program.

Source: Inside INdiana Business

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