Building a movement to advance care quality at home
Steven R. Counsell, MD, FACP, AGSF is Professor of Medicine at Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine, Center Scientist at IU Center for Aging Research, and Affiliated Scientist at Regenstrief Institute, Inc. Dr. Counsell is currently serving as the first Medical Director for the Division of Aging of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration where he is working to improve integration of health care and home and community-based services for older adults and people with disabilities. He was the Founding Director of the IU Geriatrics program from 1997-2016 and has previously served as Geriatrics Service Line Chief for IU Health Physicians, Chief of Geriatrics at public safety net health system Eskenazi Health, and Chief of Geriatrics at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Most recently, Dr. Counsell was CMO for Principium Health, a start-up house calls and complex care management company now operating under Signify Health. Dr. Counsell has conducted large-scale clinical trials testing system level interventions aimed at improving quality, outcomes, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare for older adults. He developed the Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders (GRACE) model of home-based complex care management shown to improve outcomes and reduce hospital utilization in high need high cost seniors. Dr. Counsell traveled to Australia where as a 2008-2009 Australian-American Health Policy Fellow he studied “Innovative Models of Coordinating Care for Older Adults.” As a 2009-2010 U.S. Health and Aging Policy Fellow, Dr. Counsell studied “Policies for Better Care Coordination in Vulnerable Elders”. Dr. Counsell is a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and recently served as AGS President and Chair of the Board of Directors.