Published On: 01-01-2018

Reduction in avoidable hospitalizations of nursing home residents is a major concern to health care providers as well as payers. Not only are hospitalizations costly but also hospitalized nursing home residents experience functional and physical decline as a result of hospital transitions that can result in worsening health conditions or death. In 2012, the Missouri Quality Initiative (MOQI) was funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovations Center and Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office as a part of a national demonstration, Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations Among Nursing Facility Residents. While avoiding hospitalizations is important for both short- and long-stay nursing home residents, the CMS initiative focuses on long-stay residents. The CMS funded 7 sites across the United States with the purpose for each site to
test the effectiveness of evidence-based clinical and educational interventions in reducing potentially avoidable hospitalizations for long-stay residents—an important aspect of improving care and quality of life

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