Kane Regional Centers to Participate in RAVEN Initiative

PITTSBURGH – The Kane Regional Centers announced today that they are participating in the RAVEN Initiative to improve the health of its residents by cutting down on 30-day re-admissions to hospitals. All four Kane Centers are undergoing INTERACT II training which is designed to help with identifying factors that may require intervention. Being led by UPMC Community Provider Services, the program is focused on long-term nursing facilities that are enrolled in the Medicare and Medicaid Programs.

“Here at Kane, we are committed to improving care transitions and reducing avoidable hospitalizations,” said Dennis Biondo, Executive Director of the Kane Regional Centers. “We are excited to have the opportunity to participate in this significant initiative that will help us to continue building on the exceptional care provided to our residents.”

UPMC Community Provider Services was awarded a $19 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Kane Glen Hazel, Kane McKeesport and Kane Ross will participate along with 13 other nursing homes in the region in the full program. RAVEN, short for “Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations using Evidence-based Interventions for Nursing Facilities in Western Pennsylvania,” will focus on cutting down on potentially avoidable hospitalizations from nursing homes over the next four years.  The partnership includes UPMC, Robert Morris University, Excela Health, Heritage Valley Health System and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.

On-site nurse practitioners will work with existing staff to provide preventative services, improve the management and assessment of residents’ medical conditions, provide advance-care planning, and support and treatment for those who choose palliative care at the end of life.  RAVEN is one of several initiatives that the Kane Centers have recently undertaken aimed at avoiding unnecessary hospital re-admissions. Kane McKeesport participated in a three year study along with CMS and Quality Insights which targeted reducing readmissions and smoothing care transitions. 

According to a study by CMS, about 45% of hospitalizations among Medicaid and Medicare nursing home residents are avoidable. These admissions cost the nation between $7 billion and $8 billion last year alone. 

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