Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations of Nursing Home Residents: Refinement and Evaluation of a Toolkit for Nursing Home Health Professionals

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Avoidable hospitalizations not only place the health and well-being of nursing home residents at risk, but they greatly increase health care expenditures. To help nursing homes reduce hospital admissions, this project will 1) refine a set of tools that have been developed to help long-term care providers manage selected acute medical conditions, and then 2) test the effectiveness of the intervention with a sample of nursing homes. The study will examine the homes' use of the tools, track their hospitalization rates, and estimate the cost of the intervention. The cost findings in particular will inform the development of new payment policies that remove current incentives for transferring residents to hospitals and help nursing homes acquire the capacity needed to safely treat sick residents on-site.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Boca Raton Community Hospital Foundation
Principal Investigator:
Joseph G. Ouslander, M.D.
Award Amount:
$398,787.00
Approval Date:
July 15, 2008

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