Indiana University’s OPTIMISTIC project is an ongoing, $30.3 million, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) Center for Innovation demonstration project running from September 2012 to September 2020. In the first phase of the project (2012-2016), RNs and NPs were embedded in 19 central Indiana nursing facilities to deliver a multicomponent program to reduce avoidable hospitalizations. In phase 2 (2016-2020), an additional payment model is being tested in a cohort of new facilities as well as our current facilities. OPTIMISTIC is led by Dr. Greg Sachs and Dr. Kathleen Unroe with the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Indiana University Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, together with our local partners, including the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community.
The image below depicts the success of the first phase of OPTIMSTIC.