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Fast Track and Other Nursing Home Diversion Initiatives: Colorado's Nursing Home Transition Grant

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This paper, which is one of a series of Appendices included in the demonstration's final report, describes Colorado's nursing home program. Unlike other Nursing Home Transition Demonstration Grants, Colorado's grant focused on preventing nursing home admissions, rather than assisting people who want to move into the community. This case study describes four interventions Colorado started to divert people from nursing homes to community living: (1) Providing hospital-based case management and Medicaid financial eligibility determination, called the Fast Track program. (2) Piloting an assessment designed to identify people at risk of nursing home placement early in a hospital stay. (3) Developing a brochure to inform people about community options. (4) Surveying people with disabilities to identify specific challenges to community living, for people at risk of nursing home placement and nursing home residents. [20 PDF pages]

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