IU to receive up to $46M for effort to boost patient care

The Indiana University School of Medicine is getting a federal grant worth up to $46.4 million in an effort to help Midwestern physicians reduce costs and improve patient care.

The university will use the funding to create a system of coaches embedded in medical practices to advise doctors. Dr. Malaz Boustani, the grant's principal investigator, said coaches can include nurses, social workers and hospital administrators.

Boustani said he hopes to reach 11,500 clinicians in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan over four years.

The university is among 39 schools, medical group practices, health care centers and organizations to share $685 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Efforts by other recipients include reducing unneeded medical tests and improving mental health screening and treatment.

Indiana University is heading a consortium of eight Midwest institutions, including Purdue University.

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