OPTIMISTIC care model to help reduce hospitalizations

A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society highlights a new care model that is being sponsored by an award from CMS called OPTIMISTIC. OPTIMISTIC, which stands for Optimizing Patient Transfers, Impacting Medical Quality and Improving Symptoms: Transforming Institutional Care is a program developed by Indiana University and the Regenstrief Institute that seeks to improve care and communication in long term care facilities so that issues can be addressed before a resident requires a hospital transfer.

Read “OPTIMISTIC: New care model to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations of frail older adults” on the Indiana University School of Medicine Newsroom. Stay tuned for this month’s CMSCG Bulletin which will provide more information on this important quality improvement issues. Sign up now to receive the CMSCG Bulletin!

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