Empowering nursing facilities to transform care


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

IU physician-entrepreneur seeks to decrease unnecessary transfers from nursing homes to hospitals

August 20, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS -- Dr. Kathleen T. Unroe wants to change how nursing homes care for long-stay residents. She has…

OPTIMISTIC lowers long-stay nursing home residents' avoidable hospitalizations by a third

November 28, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS — The initial phase of OPTIMISTIC, an innovative program developed and implemented by clinician-researchers from the Indiana University Center…

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…