Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations Among Nursing Facility Residents

Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations Among Nursing Facility Residents

The Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, in collaboration with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, will establish a new initiative to help States improve the quality of care for people in nursing facilities by reducing preventable inpatient hospitalizations.  This initiative supports the Administration's Partnership for Patients goal of reducing hospital readmission rates by 20% by the end of 2013.

The Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office and the Innovation Center hosted a webinar on this Initiative on Tuesday, April 3 from 2:00 to 3:00 EST. For more details, please click here!


Nursing facility residents often experience potentially avoidable inpatient hospitalizations. These hospitalizations are expensive, disruptive, and disorienting for frail elders and people with disabilities. Nursing facility residents are especially vulnerable to the risks that accompany hospital stays and transitions between nursing facilities and hospitals, including medication errors and hospital-acquired infections.

Many nursing facility residents are enrolled in both the Medicare and Medicaid programs (Medicare-Medicaid enrollees). CMS research on Medicare-Medicaid enrollees in nursing facilities found that approximately 45% of hospital admissions among those receiving either Medicare skilled nursing facility services or Medicaid nursing facility services could have been avoided, accounting for 314,000 potentially avoidable hospitalizations and $2.6 billion in Medicare expenditures in 2005.

Initiative Details

Through this initiative, CMS will partner with eligible, independent, non-nursing facility organizations (referred to as "enhanced care & coordination providers") to implement evidence-based interventions that reduce avoidable hospitalizations. Eligible organizations can include physician practices, care management organizations, and other entities. Both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

The enhanced care & coordination providers will collaborate with States and nursing facilities, with each enhanced care & coordination provider implementing its intervention in at least 15 partnering nursing facilities.

Applicants will propose an intervention that meets the objectives of the initiative, which those selected will then implement. Interventions will be evaluated for their effectiveness in improving health outcomes and providing residents with a better care experience.

General Information

Applications for this initiative, which were due June 14, 2012 by 3:00 p.m., are currently in the review process and are being evaluated based on the requirements and objectives set forth in the funding opportunity announcement (FOA).  CMS has received a higher volume of applications than expected and anticipates making announcements about awards in September 2012.  

For more information, there are several documents available for download below, including the full solicitation and a list of frequently asked questions.  Additional questions can be submitted to