Brown To Create Most Comprehensive Long-Term Care Database

The National Institute on Aging has awarded members of Brown University's Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research a major grant to create a first-ever national database that will allow researchers to study the impact of state policies and market forces on the quality of long-term care. The award comes at a time of increasing demand for the services of nursing homes and other long-term care providers; By 2020, an estimated 12 million U.S. elderly will need some form of long-term care.
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Shaping Long-Term Care in America Project Launches Website is a new website from the Shaping Long-Term Care in America Project being conducted at the Brown University Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research and supported, in part, by the NIA. provides users with research abstracts and publications and allows users to create their own tables and maps to gather information by state, county, or facility, including information on facility characteristics, geo-coded facility locations, resident characteristics, market characteristics, and state long-term care policies.

Three NIH Collaboratory Multiple Chronic Condition Demonstration Projects transition to implementation phase - September 14, 2015

Please see the following new posting on the NIH Collaboratory Website.  After completing a planning phase, the three NIH Collaboratory Multiple Chronic Condition Demonstration Projects have transitioned to the implementation phase.

29th Annual Katz Lecture took place on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Our featured speaker was Joseph G. Ouslander, M.D. who is Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Geriatric Programs and Chair of the Department of Integrated Medical Science at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton Florida. Dr. Ouslander is an internationally recognized geriatrician and is a past-President of the American Geriatrics Society, and serves as the Executive Editor of the Society’s Journal. He is a co-author of Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics and an editor of Principles of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. Dr. Ouslander's lecture is entitled, "From Bedside to Health Policy -- Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Clinical Research in Long-Term Care."  To hear the Katz Lecture, please click here.

Faculty in the News

  • On October 19, 2015, Professor Vince Mor, Florence Pirce Grant University Professor, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice  has been newly elected regular member of the National Academy of Medicine.  The National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine, announced today the election of 70 regular members and 10 international members during its annual meeting. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.  
  • On October 5, 2015, Assistant Professor Momotazur 'Shantu'Rahman is featured at News from Brown.  A new study finds that when elderly patients use more costly services such as nursing home, at-home, or acute hospital care they become more likely to find that private Medicare Advantage plans no longer serve their needs, driving them to transfer their coverage - and their costs - to traditional public medicare.  Our results raise questions about whether current medicare Advantage regulations and payment formulas are designed to meed the needs of Medicare Advantage Members, October issue of the journal Health Affairs.
  • On August 24, 2015, Professor Vince Mor has  research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS).   Amid debate about whether flu vaccination really helps the elderly, a new study provides fresh evidence that it does.  Brown public health and infectious disease experts took a different approach to assess whether vaccination helps.
  • On August 18, 2015, Professor Richard Besdine is featured at News from Brown, Promoting a better way to treat trauma in the elderly.  Elderly patients under the stress of a trauma such as a hip fracture are highly vulnerable to delirium, heart or kidney failure, and other complications.  Researchers, including Dr. Besdine, have shown that when an orthopaedist and a geriatrician co-manage care, results improve.  With a new grant, Dr. Besdine will lead an effort to disseminate this idea to make it a national standard of care.
  • On August 3, 2015, Associate Professor Amal Trivedi is lead author of a new study – the first on the topic in a long while – finds that when Medicare Advantage plans have waived a rule requiring a minimum of three days in the hospital before skilled nursing care can be covered, the effect was less time in the hospital, which can save money and reduce potential hospital complications for patients. Potentially negative implications were not in evidence.  Hospital and skilled nursing care have changed a lot.
  • On May 7, 2015, Associate Professor Pedro Gozalo is lead author of the study in the New England Journal of Medicine that examines the impact of growth in Medicare's hospice benefit among nursing home residents between 2004-2009.  The researchers documented improvement in indicators of care quality, such as less reliance on intensive care and feeding tubes, but also found increased costs to Medicare.
  • On May 6, 2015, Professor Joan Teno is lead author of study in the Journal of Palliative Medicine that surveys of loved ones who lost elderly relatives show that the perception of the quality of care for the dying in the US has worsened over the last decade.  For all the health care industry has done to try to make progress, huge gaps remain between how care is delivered and what patients and their loved ones want.