INTERACT Unnecessary Hospitalizations Initiative

Under the leadership of Joseph G. Ouslander, MD, Florida Atlantic University is participating in a CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) initiative to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations of nursing home residents.  The project is designed to rigorously evaluate implementation of the INTERACT (Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers) quality improvement program.  

INTERACT is a quality improvement program that focuses on the management of acute changes in nursing home resident condition. It includes educational resources and clinical practice tools and strategies for their use in everyday practice in nursing homes.

The goal of this project is to determine the effectiveness of the INTERACT quality improvement program in improving the care of nursing home residents and safely reducing preventable emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and readmissions, and related complications and health care expenditures. The project is supported by the National Institute for Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health.

A fact sheet about this project is attached. This is an opportunity for interested facilities to receive free training and ongoing support in implementing the INTERACT program.

Members with questions may direct them to the Senior Project Coordinator, Dr. Carolina Rojido at mrojido@fau.edu.