Regenstrief partners with medical startup to improve nursing home care

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — Indianapolis-based Regenstrief Institute is partnering with medical startup Care Revolution to find ways to improve nursing home care and reduce trips to the hospital for nursing home patients.

The new venture expands on a previous project funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Center for Innovation, which is looking for ways to reduce Medicare costs.

Care Revolution was started by Dr. Kathleen Unroe, a professor at the IU School of Medicine, who wants to change how nursing homes care for long-stay residents and reduce the number of unnecessary transfers from nursing homes to hospitals.

“We’re excited to partner with Regenstrief in this effort to improve the quality of care for a very vulnerable population,” said Unroe. “Regenstrief’s investment in Care Revolution will empower our company to expand our reach and improve the care provided to older adults in areas far beyond central Indiana.”

Unroe says the ultimate goal is to allow nursing home residents to receive treatment in a familiar setting, from a specially trained nurse, instead of transferring to a hospital. Those transfers are often cited as having a negative impact on older patients.

Care Revolution is also attempting to lower Medicare costs through its model-of-care program called OPTIMISTIC. In a trial at 19 Indiana nursing homes, the original study lowered Medicare expenditures by nearly $1,600 per nursing home resident per year.

That meant a savings to the Medicare program of more than $13 million, according to Unroe.

In return for its support, Regenstrief is receiving a stake in the company.

“As it grows and spreads across the U.S., we expect Care Revolution to create great value by improving the quality of care for people in nursing homes while saving the healthcare system hundreds of millions of dollars in the process,” said Peter Embí, M.D., Regenstrief president and chief executive officer.

Dr. Unroe says Regenstrief’s investment will empower our company to expand its reach and improve the care provided to older adults in areas beyond central Indiana.


Florida woman accused of zipping her boyfriend in suitcase for hours until he died

(CNN) — Sarah Boone called 911 and said her boyfriend got trapped in a suitcase and died during a game of hide-and-seek, according to court records.

The Florida couple had been drinking Chardonnay and doing puzzles Sunday night in their Winter Park apartment, Boone told authorities, when they thought “it would be funny” to hop in a suitcase as a part of the game, according to an arrest affidavit from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Boone, 42, zipped up Jorge Torres Jr. in the blue suitcase containing a few items for donating. Two of his fingers stuck out, so she assumed he could open it, according to the affidavit.

She went upstairs to bed and thought he’d get himself out of the suitcase and join her, only to wake up Monday and find him still in it and not breathing, the affidavit says.

Boone was arrested Tuesday and faces a second-degree murder charge after investigators determined videos on her phone contradicted her story.

The phone footage shows her mocking her boyfriend as she filmed his cries for help, and telling him it was his punishment for cheating, according to the arrest affidavit.

“I can’t f**king breathe, seriously,” her boyfriend said in the phone video. “That’s on you. Oh, that’s what I feel like when you cheat on me,” she responds.

The video shows the victim pushing on the suitcase and trying to get out, the affidavit says. When police showed the video to Boone, she pushed it away halfway through and said she didn’t want to watch it, the affidavit says.

Police searched her iPhone after she signed a waiver and gave verbal and written consent. CNN has reached out to her public defender.

Boone denied intentionally leaving Torres in the suitcase, according to the affidavit.

Boone called police Monday afternoon and said she woke up hours earlier but assumed her boyfriend was on his computer in another room. When she could not find him, she suddenly realized he was still in the suitcase.

“Sarah unzipped the suitcase and found Jorge unresponsive and not breathing,” the affidavit says. “Sarah zipped Jorge in the suitcase to where he could not get out. Jorge begged Sarah repeatedly telling her he could not breathe and Sarah left him in the suitcase … and demonstrated a depraved mind without regard for Jorge’s life.”

When police arrived at the scene, they found the victim near the front door with a laceration on his lip and bruising around his eye.

Boone is being held without bail. No cause of death is listed on the arrest affidavit.