Our Faculty

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

Outcomes of Medicaid home- and community-based long-term services relative to nursing home care among dual eligibles.
Konetzka RT, Jung DH, Gorges RJ, Sanghavi P. Outcomes of Medicaid home- and community-based long-term services relative to nursing home care among dual eligibles. Health Serv Res. 2020 Dec; 55(6):973-982.
PMID: 33258129

Nothing Much Has Changed: COVID-19 Nursing Home Cases and Deaths Follow Fall Surges.
Konetzka RT, Gorges RJ. Nothing Much Has Changed: COVID-19 Nursing Home Cases and Deaths Follow Fall Surges. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 Nov 12.
PMID: 33179760

Inside the Black Box of Improving on Nursing Home Quality Measures.
Davila H, Shippee TP, Park YS, Brauner D, Werner RM, Konetzka RT. Inside the Black Box of Improving on Nursing Home Quality Measures. Med Care Res Rev. 2020 Sep 28; 1077558720960326.
PMID: 32988275

Claims-based Frailty Indices: A Systematic Review.
Shashikumar SA, Huang K, Konetzka RT, Joynt Maddox KE. Claims-based Frailty Indices: A Systematic Review. Med Care. 2020 09; 58(9):815-825.
PMID: 32520767

Staffing Levels and COVID-19 Cases and Outbreaks in U.S. Nursing Homes.
Gorges RJ, Konetzka RT. Staffing Levels and COVID-19 Cases and Outbreaks in U.S. Nursing Homes. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 11; 68(11):2462-2466.
PMID: 32770832

Informal And Formal Home Care For Older Adults With Disabilities Increased, 2004-16.
Van Houtven CH, Konetzka RT, Taggert E, Coe NB. Informal And Formal Home Care For Older Adults With Disabilities Increased, 2004-16. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 Aug; 39(8):1297-1301.
PMID: 32744936

The Challenges of Improving Nursing Home Quality.
Konetzka RT. The Challenges of Improving Nursing Home Quality. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Jan 03; 3(1):e1920231.
PMID: 31995209

The impact of Medicare copayments for skilled nursing facilities on length of stay, outcomes, and costs.
Werner RM, Konetzka RT, Qi M, Coe NB. The impact of Medicare copayments for skilled nursing facilities on length of stay, outcomes, and costs. Health Serv Res. 2019 12; 54(6):1184-1192.
PMID: 31657002

Assessing the Relative Contribution of Resident Versus Facility Characteristics Associated With Antipsychotic Medication Receipt Among Nursing Facility Residents.
Busch SH, Cohen MS, Konetzka RT. Assessing the Relative Contribution of Resident Versus Facility Characteristics Associated With Antipsychotic Medication Receipt Among Nursing Facility Residents. Med Care. 2019 10; 57(10):822-829.
PMID: 31415339

A National Examination Of Long-Term Care Setting, Outcomes, And Disparities Among Elderly Dual Eligibles.
Gorges RJ, Sanghavi P, Konetzka RT. A National Examination Of Long-Term Care Setting, Outcomes, And Disparities Among Elderly Dual Eligibles. Health Aff (Millwood). 2019 07; 38(7):1110-1118.
PMID: 31260370

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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 - -