Texas to Revolutionize Long Term Care Through New Funds?

Texas has established its hold on the key for future developments relating to long term care innovation and improvement in the past two months.

Since May, The Center for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Innovation Center has awarded three Texas projects between $3 million and $11 million to help test new strategies and improve treatments related to long term care through its Health Care Innovation Awards program.

CMS Innovation Center allotted up to $1 billion in grants for the program, and awarded grants to 107 companies that introduced new and compelling health care ideas. Grants were awarded to applicants who presented strategies and programs that helped deliver better health, improve care, and lower costs to those enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program. Each grant is active for three years.

University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) received $7.3 million to use Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT) in attempts to decrease the number of unnecessary hospital visits for seniors. UNTHSC will partner with Brookdale Senior Living and train nurses on the INTERACT system which aims to reduce hospital admissions through identification, assessment, and management of patients’ conditions, according to the Health Care Innovations Awards website.

The project, titled Brookdale Senior Living Transitions of Care Program, aims to produce a three-year savings of $9.73 million and will create an estimated 97 jobs, according the Health Care Innovations Awards website.

CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System was awarded $1.6 million to implement the Integrated Nurse Training and Mobile Device Harm Reduction Program (INTM). INTM aims to reduce hospital readmissions for congestive heart failure (CHF) and sepsis patients from nursing home facilities by 20%. The initiative plans to do this by using INTM to train nurses in recognizing early signs of CHF and sepsis, according to the Health Care Innovations website.

Additionally, Methodist Hospital Research System in partnering with Baylor College of Medicine aims to provide training for Methodist Hospital practitioners in delirium recognition and prevention in attempt to improve care for at-risk delirium patients and their complications. The $11.79 billion grant expects to yield a 3-year savings of over $51 million, reported the Health Care Innovations website.

Written by Erin Hegarty