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Nursing School awarded $14.8 million grant to help elderly

December 7th, 2012

Thanks to a nearly $15 million grant to the MU Sinclair School of Nursing from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), researchers will be implementing a project to reduce re-hospitalization among nursing home residents when avoidable. MU will pair with CMS and Medicaid programs to aid 16 nursing facilities in the St. Louis area. A team led by MU researchers will recruit and place one advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) at each location, where they will be working 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 program designed to monitor and improve aging adults’ quality of health. This grant will largely help research in the Mizzou Advantage field of One Health, One Medicine. 

Story by Sinclair School of Nursing News

The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing today announced a $14.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). MU researchers, led by Marilyn Rantz, Curators’ Professor of nursing, 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. More…