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Minnesota’s Assisted Living Report Card

Tetyana Shippee, Odichinma Akosionu, Tricia Skarphol, and Timothy Beebe

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Concerns around assisted living (AL) quality in Minnesota prompted passage of new legislation in 2019 and provided funding for the development of an Assisted Living Report Card. LCC members Tetyana Shippee and Timothy Beebe and colleagues presented results from the first two phases of this project. The first phase involved a national literature review of quality measures and technical advisory panels to understand the types of domains and indicators for AL quality that are measured. Nine quality domains were identified. The second phase focused on state-wide stakeholder engagement to determine priority rankings for nine AL quality domains and indicators identified. Quality of life, staff quality and resident safety were the top three domains across all stakeholder groups. The state will implement surveys of AL resident quality of life and family satisfaction as mandated by the legislature, but findings indicate that other aspects of quality such as staff-related measures and resident safety, are also important to address.

The Life Course Center at the University of Minnesota is an NIA Center on the Demography and Economics of Aging, part of the national group of NIA-funded aging centers

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Hannah Neprash, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health. Dr. Neprash studies health economics, focusing on how health care providers respond to financial and non-financial incentives. Dr. Neprash's research uses novel sources of data to examine how physician decision-making drives utilization, spending, access, and quality in health care. Dr. Neprash is particularly interested in research questions that will inform evidence-based policy during a time of rapid transformation in health care payment and delivery systems. 

Dr. Neprash also has experience in federal and state health policy – including time at the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the Health Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee, and the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission.

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