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Diane Fearon is the Admissions and Transitions Optimization Program (ATOP) director at HealthInsight Nevada. The program, in its second phase, is a four-year, $17 million grant funded by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) commencing in 2016 and going until 2020, related to the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents.

Ms. Fearon has been in Las Vegas since 1979 and previously served as CEO of Communities In Schools of Nevada from 2013 until 2016, as well as spending 25 years in commercial banking between 1988 and 2013; including serving as the founding president/CEO of Bank of George, which was established in September 2007. Community involvement has always been a priority and service includes a gubernatorial appointment to the Nevada Commission for Women in December 2015. Previously, Ms. Fearon served as vice chair of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s Host Committee as well as vice chair of Habitat for Humanity, Las Vegas and as a member of the Nevada Public Radio Investment Committee along with the Shade Tree Endowment Board. She is a 2001 graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School, a master’s level program in partnership with the Graduate School of Business at the University of Washington.

New ATOP Director Talks Project Progress and Perspective

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I fully embraced the opportunity to join HealthInsight Nevada as the director of the Admissions and Transitions Optimization Program (ATOP) in October 2016 and take the reins of the Phase 2 project. It has been an extraordinary six months of learning and leading for me with invaluable professional and personal growth. ATOP began in 2012 with Phase 1 targeting 24 nursing facilities in Nevada to receive supplemental clinical resources by making RNs and APRNs available to improve the health care outcomes of long-term residents and reduce health care costs without restricting access to care or choice of provider. ATOP nurses focused on the training and education of facility staff (CNAs, LPNs, RNs) as well as providing direct care (in a teaching manner) to facility residents. This project was driven by a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) measurement showing that a staggering 45 percent of hospital transfers for this population are deemed potentially avoidable.

Phase 1 concluded in September 2016 with impressive results. The ATOP project in Nevada reported that total spending dropped 21.7 percent per resident on average and potentially avoidable hospitalization occurrences declined by 25.5 percent.

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