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Grace Team Care Featured in New Book Focused

on Best Practices for Caring for an Aging America

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – June 24, 2015) — GRACE Team Care, a program designed at the Indiana University School of Medicine that offers a fresh approach to managing the health of high-risk seniors, is featured prominently in a new book focused on bringing “best practices” to an aging America.

The book, “Geriatrics Models of Care,” describes successful practice models that are used to guide the care of older adults, allowing seniors to remain at home, prevent functional disability, and preserve quality of life. The models include specific interventions that are performed by healthcare workers to address the needs of older persons and their caregivers. Included therein are hospital-based models of care, transitions from hospital to home, outpatient-based models of care, and emergency department models of care as well as interventions to meet the needs of vulnerable patients and the community.

GRACE (Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders) was introduced to the Medicare Advantage program of IU Health Plans in 2011 and has since been applied at several other leading health plans, medical groups and VA hospitals around the country. Going well beyond traditional care coordination, GRACE’s high-intensity care-team approach outside of the hospital setting has been shown to enhance quality of geriatric care in ways that optimize health and functional status and decrease excess healthcare use, including avoidance of hospitalization and visits to the emergency department. GRACE may also prevent or delay the need for long-term nursing home placement by allowing seniors to stay in their homes with better support. Through experience GRACE has also been shown to deliver proven value as it relates to higher quality of life, better quality of care, and lower overall healthcare cost.

In “Geriatrics Models of Care,” GRACE authors Dawn Butler, MSW, JD; Kathy Frank, RN, Ph.D.; and Steven Counsell, MD, discuss the origins and approach of the GRACE model of care and its six key components, which include an in-home geriatric assessment of the patient, the development of an individualized care plan, the convening of interdisciplinary team conferences, collaboration with the primary care physician, care plan implementation/care coordination, and proactive care management. The catalyst for the GRACE program is a unique and specially trained support team headed by a nurse practitioner and a social worker who support the primary care physician in fully addressing a patient’s health conditions and achieving a patient’s goal from the convenience of their own home.

In addition to the benefits that GRACE brings to the patient, the GRACE-focused portion of the book also makes a “business case” for GRACE, explaining that GRACE has been shown to significantly reduce emergency department visits, hospital admissions, 30-day readmission rates, and stays in skilled nursing facilities. “These reductions in acute and post-acute care present savings and value-based opportunities for healthcare systems and managed care organizations.”

The inclusion of GRACE in this important new book is the latest documentation of the program’s efficacy in smartly coordinating care for vulnerable seniors. In recent years the GRACE model of care has been widely touted in articles in JAMA, Health Affairs, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Hospitals & Health Networks, Healthcare Business Today, Physician’s Practice and many other places.

“Geriatrics Models of Care”is published bySpringer Science + Business Media and is available at http://www.springer.c om/us/book/9783319160672. For further information on GRACE, visit http://graceteamcare.indiana.edu.