INDIANAPOLIS -- Dr. Kathleen T. Unroe wants to change how nursing homes care for long-stay residents. She has launched Care Revolution, a medical startup, to reduce the number of unnecessary transfers from those facilities to hospitals.
"More than 25 percent of long-stay residents are hospitalized annually, which is burdensome to the residents and their families," said Unroe, an associate professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. "Around 45 percent of these visits are considered avoidable, which means they are a source of inefficiency and a waste of resources. They are also expensive, costing Medicare and Medicaid more than $1.9 billion in 2005." Read More