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The BOOST National Collaborative

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The Project BOOST Mentoring Program: What Does It Offer?

Via the Project BOOST Mentoring Program, selected sites will receive:

  • A Comprehensive Intervention developed by a panel of nationally recognized experts based on the best available evidence.
  • A Comprehensive Implementation Guide provides step-by-step instructions and project management tools, such as the TeachBack Training Curriculum, to help interdisciplinary teams redesign work flow and plan, implement, and evaluate the intervention.
  • Longitudinal Technical Assistance provides face-to-face training and a year of expert mentoring and coaching to implement BOOST interventions that build a culture that supports safe and complete transitions. The mentoring program provides a train the trainer DVD and curriculum for nurses and case managers on using the TeachBack process, and webinars targeting the educational needs of other team members including administrators, data analysts, physicians, nurses and others.
  • The BOOST Collaboration allows sites to communicate with and learn from each other via the BOOST Listserv, BOOST Community site, and quarterly all-site teleconferences and webinars.
  • The BOOST Data Center, an online resource center, allows sites to store and benchmark data against control units and other sites and generates reports.

Outcomes

In a study of 11 hospitals that implemented one or more Project BOOST tools, hospitals reduced 30-day readmissions by an average of 13.6 percent.

Readmissions are measured by the percentage of hospitalized patients who return to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. The average rate of 30-day readmissions dropped from 14.7 percent before using Project BOOST to 12.7 percent one year afterward.

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Who are the current BOOST sites?

Hundreds of sites are implementing the BOOST toolkit in part across the US and Canada. Currently there over 180 BOOST mentor sites in 26 states and one in Canada.

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Who is an ideal BOOST Mentor Site?

Any site can apply to become a BOOST site. However, to ensure a quality experience participation in each cohort is limited. Attributes of an ideal candidate site include:

  • Eagerness to improve their discharge processes and reduce unnecessary readmissions and avoidable adverse events in the post-discharge period.
  • A multidisciplinary team in place capable of working collaboratively to redesign existing care processes.
  • A dedicated leader to manage the process of tailoring the BOOST intervention to site needs and implementing BOOST.
  • Support of at least one executive sponsor that can meet with the team monthly.
  • Access to data support personnel needed to collect baseline and post-implementation data.

How Do I Apply?

When is the Application Deadline?

Now accepting rolling applications.

Note: Applications are not considered completed unless both steps are submitted. Once these steps are completed, applications will be reviewed and sites will be notified of acceptance.

When Does Training Begin?

Hospitals can enroll at any time with training to be determined upon acceptance date.

How is Project BOOST Funded?

Project BOOST was developed through a $1.4M grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation in 2008. SHM continues to partner with funders to reduce the tuition cost for hospitals. Collaborative funding have included:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Association of Michigan
  • The California Health Foundation & LA Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Hospital Association of Pennsylvania
  • Tuition – hospital pays directly- $24,000 per site

How Much Does Site Tuition Cost?

Mentor site: Any site can apply to become a BOOST site. Tuition is $19,000/hospital.

  • *Packages available for multiple hospitals enrolled in a health system. Contact Lauren Valentino at lvalentino@hospitalmedicine.org for more information on pricing.

eQUIPS program only member: For a modest fee sites can participate in the BOOST National Collaborative that provides a "do it yourself" approach to the intervention. Users will receive access to all of the features in the BOOST program (Data Center for Performance Tracking, Educational tools/resources, BOOST toolkit, and listserv), but do not receive the longitudinal technical assistance component (two day training conference, yearlong individualized mentoring, or teach back DVD/Curriculum). Learn more about the BOOST eQUIPS program at www.hospitalmedicine.org/equips.

How Do I Receive Additional Information?

Read more about BOOST for additional information or contact Ann Nolan at anolan@hospitalmedicine.org.