Navigation Links
MU Nursing School receives $14.8 million for project to reduce re-hospitalizations
Date:11/5/2012

COLUMBIA, Mo. The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing today announced a nearly $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Led by Curators' Professor of Nursing Marilyn Rantz, MU researchers will use the funds, distributed over four years, to implement a project aimed at reducing avoidable re-hospitalizations among nursing home residents. Insights gained from this project could provide a nationwide model for senior care and significantly reduce national health care spending.

"The term, 'ecstatic,' does not capture my current sentiment," said Judith Fitzgerald Miller, dean of the Sinclair School of Nursing. "This is a transformational grant for the university and is congruent with our passion for excellence in health care. The care of older adults will be improved as a result of this work."

The majority of nursing home residents are enrolled in Medicaid and most also participate in Medicare, CMS reports. Previous research suggests that nearly half of hospitalizations among nursing home residents enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid could have been avoided. These potentially avoidable hospitalizations amounted to more than $7 billion in 2011.

MU will partner with CMS and state Medicaid programs to improve care for residents at 16 nursing facilities in St. Louis. The MU researchers will oversee the project, and using grant funds, the team will recruit and place one advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) at each of the nursing homes. APRNs receive specialized post-graduate educations in nursing. The APRNs will work with nursing facility staff and residents' health providers to coordinate patient care and improve the recognition, assessment and management of conditions that are common causes of hospitalizations for aging adults.

AUDIO: Marilyn Rantz discusses the recently funded grant to the nursing school and how she and other MU researchers will use the grant to improve care for aging adults.

Click here for more information.

"Previous research has shown that every time patients move from nursing homes to hospitals and back to nursing facilities, their conditions deteriorate," said Rantz, who has spent more than three decades conducting research to improve seniors' quality of life. "Older adults have subtle changes in their behaviors and in their health statuses. In nursing homes, improving the observation and assessment processes by advanced practiced nurses can help residents receive treatment earlier and avoid unnecessarily going back to hospitals."

The APRNs at each facility will work with a traveling interdisciplinary team consisting of a master's-trained social worker, an information technology specialist, a medical director and an APRN with specialized knowledge of INTERACT II, a quality improvement program designed to monitor and improve aging adults' health.

"Transitioning between hospitals and nursing homes is a complicated process because the exchange of accurate, complete and timely information often is convoluted," Rantz said. "The interdisciplinary team will put the infrastructure in place to support good communication, which will help improve the patients' care."

Rantz has dedicated most of her career to studying ways health care professionals can facilitate healthy aging processes. She views this grant as the culmination of her work and an opportunity to put her research into practice.

"From my perspective as a researcher, clinician and former nursing home administrator, this award is exciting because, for years, I have measured the benefits of APRNs in nursing homes," Rantz said. "Putting APRNs in nursing homes is the right solution, and if you combine these nurses with the INTERACT II tools, we've really got a shot at improving the quality of care and health outcomes of nursing home residents."

Rantz recently was recognized for her outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service when she was admitted to the Institute of Medicine. Admittance into the institute is one of the most prestigious honors for health and medical researchers.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jesslyn Chew
ChewJ@missouri.edu
573-882-8353
University of Missouri-Columbia
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Nursing and social work students learning to work together at UT Arlington
2. New tools help nursing homes track and prevent deadly infections
3. Kolanowski earns GSAs 2012 Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award
4. National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence awards new fellows, scholars
5. GW School of Nursing receives nearly $1 million grant to diversify nursing workforce
6. Ageless education: Researchers create guide for intergenerational classrooms at nursing homes
7. A good nights sleep could keep you out of a nursing home
8. A nursing program shows promise for reducing deaths from chronic illnesses
9. Nursing researcher uses Nintendo Wii to fight cancer-related fatigue
10. GSA welcomes National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence
11. One-Fifth of Nursing Home Residents Fall in First Month
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
MU Nursing School receives $14.8 million for project to reduce re-hospitalizations
(Date:9/21/2017)... Va. (PRWEB) , ... September 21, 2017 , ... ... with a different approach to addiction recovery at a time when Virginia faces ... deaths resulting from drug overdose, a staggering increase of 38 percent from 2015, ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... ... the acquisition of Isle at Kingwood Assisted Living and Memory Care located at ... retirement community with 55 assisted living apartments, 43 memory care apartments and 23 ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... In ... and Clark College Emeritus Professor of Education Gregory A. Smith examines student privacy ... Asleep at the Switch: Schoolhouse Commercialism, Privacy, and the Failure of Policymaking . ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... CHARLOTTE, NC (PRWEB) , ... September 20, 2017 ... ... for Transformation and Centers of Excellence (CoE) with the latest Artificial Intelligence (AI) ... newly designed presence offers quick and easy access to essential information that offers ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... , ... September 20, 2017 , ... ... one of the Best Places to Work in the Research Triangle for 2017. ... Once nominated, a company had to meet a threshold in employee participation--a percentage ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/7/2017)... Ind. , Sept. 7, 2017  Zimmer Biomet ... in musculoskeletal healthcare, today announced that it will be ... Global Healthcare Conference at the Grand Hyatt hotel in ... 11, 2017 at 11:40 a.m. Eastern Time. ... via Zimmer Biomet,s Investor Relations website at http://investor.zimmerbiomet.com ...
(Date:9/6/2017)... Sept. 6, 2017 NeuroRx, a clinical stage biopharma ... and Behavior (ASIB), has been granted Fast Track status by ... of NRX-100 (ketamine HCl) followed by NRX-101 (D-cycloserine + lurasidone). ... trial of this sequential therapy targeting patients who are admitted ... ...
(Date:9/5/2017)... LONDON , Sept. 5, 2017  Just 18 ... Valid Insight is pleased to announce the appointment of ... Tammy Wynne , Dominic Jones-Phillips and ... from industry. ... a team of market access writers. She has over ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: