MU researchers look to keep nursing home residents out of hospitals

1 month 1 week 2 days ago March 13, 2017 Mar 13, 2017 Monday, March 13 2017 Monday, March 13, 2017 3:20:00 PM CDT in News
By: John Saltzman, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – Increased use of Advanced Practice Nurses are lowering hospitalization rates for residents of nursing homes.

Over the last four years, Dr. Marilyn Rantz of the MU School of Nursing has looked into the potential benefits of using APRNs in hospitals and nursing homes and the results have been encouraging.

“We’ve actually deployed APRNs in 16 nursing homes in the St. Louis area, so in each nursing home we have one advanced practice nurse full time in that facility,” Rantz said.

She said the reduction of hospitalization is great for the residents of nursing homes because it improves their level of care.

These nurses “help the staff do a better job,” and “teach the staff how to recognize problems in residents as well as implement systems of different ways to deliver the care to avoid getting sick in the first place,” Rantz said.

With the initial nursing homes and hospitals that have implemented the use of APRNs there has been a 58 percent decrease in hospitalizations in “potentially avoidable” situations. This is coupled with a 65 percent decrease in “potentially avoidable emergency room visits” and an overall reduction in hospitalizations by 40 percent, according to Rantz and her team’s research.

The reduction in these visits will save each individual resident a lot of money. The research shows that these improvements will reduce spending by over 10 percent which will make it a little over $2,000 per person.

“We need to change the reimbursement in nursing homes so that we can have APRNs delivering care in all nursing homes,” said Rantz.

According to Rantz, in hospitals the newer reimbursement policies are set up to where if you are discharged from the hospital and quickly re-admitted there are penalty charges.

“It’s very important that we keep residents in nursing homes and keep people from being re-admitted into the hospital, and it’s a win win all the way around,” said Rantz.

The research’s success has granted the team another four years of research to continue to solidify how much this would help nursing homes and hospitals.

“We are testing out a payment model to incentivize nursing homes to be able to provide additional care and be able to cover those costs, so that’s what we are testing right now,” Rantz said.

The research team said with the additional steps taken, it hopes to continue to see a reduction in hospitalizations even beyond the 58 percent already reported.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA — Party For A Purpose mixed the socialization of a party with conversation on mental health and suicide prevention.... More >>
1 hour ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 11:36:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The Islamic School of Columbia-Missouri invited the community to help them promote international togetherness on Saturday. The school... More >>
1 hour ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 11:05:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Future veterinary students flocked to MU campus Saturday to learn about what the College of Veterinary Medicine has... More >>
5 hours ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 7:22:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — A team of veterinary oncologists at the MU Veterinary Health Center is looking for dogs with cancer to... More >>
6 hours ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 6:35:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Saturday is Earth Day and the City of Columbia has a series of recommendations on how to save... More >>
6 hours ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 6:32:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Three thousand yellow rubber ducks filled the grounds of Columbia’s Central Missouri Humane Society to raise money... More >>
8 hours ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 4:30:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY — With House Bill 130 set to become law, Gov. Eric Greitens will smooth potholes to expansion for... More >>
9 hours ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 2:58:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Hundreds gathered in a downtown Kansas City, Missouri, park on Earth Day in support of calls... More >>
10 hours ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 2:06:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON — The Ryan's Case for Smiles mid-Missouri chapter got together on Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Fulton to... More >>
11 hours ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 1:26:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Community members came together Saturday in honor of Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month, to draw attention to... More >>
12 hours ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 12:33:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — During his first 100 days in office, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has trained with firefighters and... More >>
12 hours ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 11:58:00 AM CDT in News
BOONVILLE — Riders have anticipated the Round-up Showcase Horse Show all year as a chance to present their abilities and... More >>
13 hours ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 11:39:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The Columbia Fire Department responded to reports of a structure fire in the 3300 block of Albany Court... More >>
17 hours ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 6:48:00 AM CDT in News
MARIES COUNTY — The Maries County Sheriff's office has requested that charges be filed against a Cherryville man following a... More >>
19 hours ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 5:13:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Protesters are planning demonstrations in more than 500 cities worldwide on Saturday to advocate for sound science policy,... More >>
20 hours ago April 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017 Saturday, April 22 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017 4:03:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Hundreds of people gathered in Jesse Auditorium Friday to listen to authors speak at the second annual Unbound... More >>
1 day ago April 21, 2017 Apr 21, 2017 Friday, April 21 2017 Friday, April 21, 2017 8:18:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Students, parents and community members filed into the MizzouRec Friday night to participate in Relay for Life of... More >>
1 day ago April 21, 2017 Apr 21, 2017 Friday, April 21 2017 Friday, April 21, 2017 8:00:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri became one of more than 30 U.S. institutions to host a DataFest competition since... More >>
1 day ago April 21, 2017 Apr 21, 2017 Friday, April 21 2017 Friday, April 21, 2017 7:59:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 46°
1am 47°
2am 46°
3am 45°
4am 44°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

12:32a
Open House NYC
1:02a
Open House NYC
1:30a
The Insider
12:00a
Tio Papi
1:00a
Elementary
3:00a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Little Big Shots
8:00p
Chicago Justice
9:00p
Shades of Blue
6:00p
Stand by Me
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld