Health Care Innovation Awards: Project Profile

THE METHODIST HOSPITAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Project Title: “Delirium detection and prevention across the continuum”
Geographic Reach: Texas
Funding Amount: $11,785,095
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $51,744,395

Summary

Houston Methodist and Houston Methodist Research Institute, in partnership with the Baylor College of Medicine and Grand Aides Foundation, received an award to improve care for Medicare & Medicaid beneficiaries at risk for delirium and associated complications in the Houston metropolitan area. Delirium increases risk of falls, unnecessary hospitalizations, long-term cognitive impairment, and death. Through education, recognition, and prevention efforts cases of delirium could be reduced by 40 percent in the targeted population, with a corresponding reduction in hospital admissions and readmissions and improvement in care transitions. Over a three-year period, the Methodist Hospital Research Institute will hire 12 employees and subcontractors will hire an additional 15, including advanced-practice nurse practitioners, nurse educators, volunteer supervisors, and pharmacists. The project team will train more than 1,000 practitioners across five Houston Methodist hospitals, offering patients at risk for delirium targeted interventions including home health visits, nurse navigator follow up phone calls, volunteer visits for inpatients, and medication monitoring.

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