INTERACT Now Available for ALFs

INTERACT (Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers for Assisted Living), a quality improvement program designed to reduce hospital readmissions among assisted living residents, is now publicly available online.   INTERACT was originally designed to improve the early identification, management, documentation and communication about acute changes in condition of skilled nursing center residents. The program has now expanded to include tools specifically targeted for use by assisted living providers.

After years of INTERACT utilization in skilled nursing centers, the program began testing its tools in assisted living communities through the support of a CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Innovation Grant.  Months of assessment in pilot communities provided feedback on the four categories of INTERACT tools (quality improvement, communication, decision support and advance care planning) which led to finalizing the Assisted Living Version 1.0 tools that are now publicly available.

Assisted living providers may now access the Assisted Living Version 1.0 tools via the INTERACT website. A link to the new tools will also be offered to NCAL members on the Association’s Quality Initiative website, on the hospital readmissions page