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R. Tamara Konetzka, PhD

R. Tamara Konetzka, PhD, is the Louis Block Professor of Public Health Sciences and the College, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Medicine, Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. She is an internationally recognized expert in the health economics of long-term and post-acute care. Her research focuses on the incentives created by health care policy, including payment policy, and their effects on quality of care. She has been the PI on numerous major federal research grants, leading to significant advances in knowledge of the drivers of nursing home quality, how public reporting of quality changes the behavior of providers and consumers, and the unintended consequences of home-based long-term and post-acute care. In May 2020 and again in March 2021, she testified before the U.S. Senate on COVID-19 and nursing homes. Konetzka serves on several editorial boards and is Editor in Chief of Medical Care Research and Review.

University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia VA
Post-doctoral fellowship - Health Economics
2004

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
PhD - Health Policy and Administration (Health Economics)
2003

University of Pennsylvania
AM - Economics
1992

Daily Variation in Nursing Home Staffing and Its Association With Quality Measures.
Mukamel DB, Saliba D, Ladd H, Konetzka RT. Daily Variation in Nursing Home Staffing and Its Association With Quality Measures. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 03 01; 5(3):e222051.
PMID: 35285921

The Quality Measures Domain in Nursing Home Compare: Is High Performance Meaningful or Misleading?
Konetzka RT, Davila H, Brauner DJ, Cursio JF, Sharma H, Werner RM, Park YS, Shippee TP. The Quality Measures Domain in Nursing Home Compare: Is High Performance Meaningful or Misleading? Gerontologist. 2022 02 09; 62(2):293-303.
PMID: 33903898

The Inevitability of Reimagining Long-Term Care.
Zimmerman S, Cesari M, Gaugler JE, Gleckman H, Grabowski DC, Katz PR, Konetzka RT, McGilton KS, Mor V, Saliba D, Shippee TP, Sloane PD, Stone RI, Werner RM. The Inevitability of Reimagining Long-Term Care. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2022 02; 23(2):187-189.
PMID: 35123697

Reimagining Financing and Payment of Long-Term Care.
Werner RM, Konetzka RT. Reimagining Financing and Payment of Long-Term Care. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2022 02; 23(2):220-224.
PMID: 34942158

Trends in Post-Acute Care in US Nursing Homes: 2001-2017.
Werner RM, Templeton Z, Apathy N, Skira MM, Konetzka RT. Trends in Post-Acute Care in US Nursing Homes: 2001-2017. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2021 12; 22(12):2491-2495.e2.
PMID: 34823855

Trends in Receipt of Help at Home After Hospital Discharge Among Older Adults in the US.
Bressman E, Coe NB, Chen X, Konetzka RT, Werner RM. Trends in Receipt of Help at Home After Hospital Discharge Among Older Adults in the US. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 11 01; 4(11):e2135346.
PMID: 34846528

Consumer selection and home health agency quality and patient experience stars.
Schwartz ML, Rahman M, Thomas KS, Konetzka RT, Mor V. Consumer selection and home health agency quality and patient experience stars. Health Serv Res. 2022 02; 57(1):113-124.
PMID: 34390253

A systematic review of long-term care facility characteristics associated with COVID-19 outcomes.
Konetzka RT, White EM, Pralea A, Grabowski DC, Mor V. A systematic review of long-term care facility characteristics associated with COVID-19 outcomes. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 10; 69(10):2766-2777.
PMID: 34549415

Medicaid home- and community-based services and discharge from skilled nursing facilities.
Wang S, Temkin-Greener H, Simning A, Konetzka RT, Cai S. Medicaid home- and community-based services and discharge from skilled nursing facilities. Health Serv Res. 2021 12; 56(6):1156-1167.
PMID: 34145567

The Quality Measures Domain in Nursing Home Compare: Is High Performance Meaningful or Misleading?
Konetzka RT, Davila H, Brauner DJ, Cursio JF, Sharma H, Werner RM, Park YS, Shippee TP. The Quality Measures Domain in Nursing Home Compare: Is High Performance Meaningful or Misleading? Gerontologist. 2021 Apr 27.
PMID: 33903898

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Invited Testimony on COVID-19 and Nursing Homes
US Senate Finance Committee
2021 - -

Invited Testimony on COVID-19 and Nursing Homes,
US Senate Special Committee on Aging
2020

Member, Committee on the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes
National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
2020 - -

Standing Member
NIH HSOD/ODHS Study Section
2019 - -

Invited member, Five-Star Quality Rating System Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
2014 - -