BOSTON – A paper published today in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reported outcomes of an initiative created to boost execution of medical facility mobility programs targeted at enhancing quality of care and outcomes for older patients. Sharon K. Inouye, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Aging Brain Center in the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research Study at Hebrew SeniorLife, headed the effort and is the paper’s senior author, and her mentee, Songprod Jonathan Lorgunpai, M.D., Division of Geriatric Medicine, Mount Auburn Medical Facility, is the paper’s lead
author. Research reveals that keeping older hospitalized clients restricted to their beds often does more harm than great. Immobility contributes to poor client results, including increased risk of injurious falls, delirium, goal pneumonia, pressure ulcers, functional decline, extended length of stay, institutionalization, readmissions, increased healthcare costs, and death. Despite this truth, older grownups are mostly debilitated throughout their medical facility stay. According to quotes in 2009 and 2013, patients spent more than 95 percent of their time in a bed or chair.
Procedures in place to avoid falls are a driving force behind this statistic. In 2008, the Centers for Medicare & & Medicaid Providers enacted new payment arrangements that would no longer reimburse hospitals for diagnosis-related groups arising from hospital-acquired conditions, consisting of falls with injury. As an unexpected consequence, many health centers routinely use bed and chair alarms that dissuade movement as part of their fall avoidance programs, in spite of big randomized clinical trials that have clearly shown bed and chair alarms are ineffective at minimizing falls.
As part of a 2016-2017 Health and Aging Policy Fellowship, Dr. Inouye dealt with the Center for Medicare & & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to establish a new care shipment design created to promote quality enhancement related to mobility in hospitals taking part in CMMI’s bundled payment programs. The overarching goal of the effort was to enhance movement and reduce use of bed and chair alarms with hospitalized older grownups. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Inouye and her team developed a Movement Action Group (MACT) Change Bundle that offers a conceptual framework, roadmap, and step-by-step guide to assist medical facility movement groups set and fulfill their mobilization goals.
The MACT Change Bundle provided more than 40 participating medical facilities of varying sizes throughout the United States with an innovative structure of peer assistance, expert faculty, and resources to develop an effective culture of mobility in the care of hospitalized older adults.
“The Modification Plan was an essential tool and starting point for each health center, while the peer assistance and assistance they got through the group meetings proved to be another essential factor in their success,” said Dr. Inouye.
Results indicate that successful implementation of movement programs was attained at the majority of (76 percent) taking part sites in medical, surgical, and intensive care systems, with 43 percent of mobility programs totally carried out and an extra 33 percent partially executed by the end of the active initiative. Many (54 percent) reported a high possibility that their mobility program would continue long-lasting. There was a more than twofold increase in the proportion of patients who received at least three walks per day and a 1.8-fold decrease in the use of bed or chair alarms throughout sites.
“I’m significantly motivated by the results of this effort,” said Dr. Lorgunpai, who is also a Trainer in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “While extra research study is needed to figure out if this technique can enhance client results such as decreased falls, practical decrease, and readmissions, this initiative demonstrates that highlighting system-wide change through a flexible approach can catalyze a culture of mobility in hospitals and enhance care of older grownups.”
Extra co-authors consist of:
Bruce Finke, M.D., Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Person Solutions, Baltimore;
Isaac Burrows, M.P.H., Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Being Providers, Baltimore; Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Bloomfield, Conn.;
Cynthia J. Brown, M.D., M.P.H., Department of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Ala; Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research Study, Education, and Clinical Care Center, Veterans Affairs;
Fred H. Rubin, M.D., Division of Geriatric Medication, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside, Pittsburgh, Penn.;
Heidi R. Wierman, M.D., Department of Geriatric Medication, Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine; Tufts University School of Medication, Boston, Mass.;
Susan J. Heisey, M.S.W., M.P.H., Aging Brain Center, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife, Boston, Mass.; Inova Health System, Falls Church, Va.;
Sarah Gartaganis, LIC.S.W., M.P.H., Aging Brain Center, Marcus Institute, Hebrew SeniorLife, Boston, Mass.;
Shari M. Ling, M.D., Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Person Services, Baltimore;
Matthew Press, M.D., M.Sc., University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, Penn.
. This work was supported in part by the Health and Aging Policy Fellowship, and by technical support from the Medical facility Senior Citizen Life Program. Dr. Inouye’s time was supported in part by grants no. R24AG054259 (SKI), K07AG041835 (SKI) from the National Institute on Aging, and by the Milton and Shirley F. Levy Family Chair at Hebrew SeniorLife/Harvard Medical School.
About the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research Study
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