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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, 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

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

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. 2021 Aug 13.
PMID: 34390253

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 Jun 17.
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

Wealth and the utilization of long-term care services: evidence from the United States.
Dong J, He D, Nyman JA, Konetzka RT. Wealth and the utilization of long-term care services: evidence from the United States. Int J Health Econ Manag. 2021 Sep; 21(3):345-366.
PMID: 33782835

Addressing Systemic Racism in Nursing Homes: A Time for Action.
Sloane PD, Yearby R, Konetzka RT, Li Y, Espinoza R, Zimmerman S. Addressing Systemic Racism in Nursing Homes: A Time for Action. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2021 04; 22(4):886-892.
PMID: 33775548

The Metrics Matter: Improving Comparisons of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Nursing Homes.
Miller KEM, Gorges RJ, Konetzka RT, Van Houtven CH. The Metrics Matter: Improving Comparisons of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Nursing Homes. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2021 05; 22(5):955-959.e3.
PMID: 33812840

Factors Associated With Racial Differences in Deaths Among Nursing Home Residents With COVID-19 Infection in the US.
Gorges RJ, Konetzka RT. Factors Associated With Racial Differences in Deaths Among Nursing Home Residents With COVID-19 Infection in the US. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 02 01; 4(2):e2037431.
PMID: 33566110

Improving the Fate of Nursing Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Need for Policy.
Konetzka RT. Improving the Fate of Nursing Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Need for Policy. Am J Public Health. 2021 Apr; 111(4):632-634.
PMID: 33507802

The Effects of Home Care Provider Mix on the Care Recipient: An International, Systematic Review of Articles from 2000 to 2020.
Coe NB, Konetzka RT, Berkowitz M, Blecker E, Van Houtven CH. The Effects of Home Care Provider Mix on the Care Recipient: An International, Systematic Review of Articles from 2000 to 2020. Annu Rev Public Health. 2021 04 01; 42:483-503.
PMID: 33395544

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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 - -

Editor in Chief
Medical Care Research and Review
2018 - -

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