Empowering nursing facilities to transform care by implementing evidence-based strategies to improve medical, transitional, and palliative care

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Improving Care for Nursing Home Residents

The OPTIMISTIC model of care embeds a collaborative clinical team in nursing facilities to optimize chronic disease management, reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, and help residents develop and meet their goals of care.

Better for Patients & Their Families

OPTIMISTIC relies on specially trained RNs and NPs to help coordinate care so that patients can better manage their conditions and stay out of the hospital.

Better for Nursing Homes & Staff

OPTIMISTIC RNs also provide training and education, helping nursing home staff improve their geriatric skillsets and elevating the quality of care a facility can deliver.

Quality Care Backed by Quality Data

OPTIMISTIC was created as part of a national CMS Demonstration Project in September 2012 at Indiana University. Our goal is to improve nursing home care and create better outcomes for residents by keeping them out of the hospital and in the hands of on-site RNs and NPs. We implement evidence-based care in 19 nursing facilities throughout Indiana while collecting and analyzing data for continuous quality improvement. 

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News & Upcoming Events

Indiana POST now endorsed by National POLST Paradigm Task Force

May 22, 2017
It's official! The Indiana Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) Program is now endorsed by the National…

OPTIMISTIC improves care by avoiding unnecessary hospital stays for nursing home residents

March 7, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS – The OPTIMISTIC model of care, an innovative program developed and implemented by clinician-researchers to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations of…

OPTIMISTIC Study of New CMS Model Expands Implementation

February 1, 2017
The OPTIMISTIC study (Optimizing Patient Transfers, Impacting Medical Quality and Improving Symptoms: Transforming Institutional Care), by Indiana University, has added 25…