Former DBMI faculty member involved with UPMC project that reduces local nursing facilities' costs, hospitalizations
"A UPMC program is reducing hospitalizations and costs in western Pennsylvania nursing facilities, according to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-commissioned report.
According to a UPMC press release, UPMC was awarded a 2012 grant from CMS toward reducing avoidable hospitalizations. Seven sites nationwide received the same grant — and all of them reduced Medicare expenditures — but the third year evaluation of that project showed that the UPMC program, known as RAVEN (Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents), reduced avoidable hospitalizations by nearly 25 percent and costs by 40 percent."
Former DBMI faculty member Steve Handler, MD, was involved with this project.