RESEARCH

Providigm’s Research Team is the industry leader in developing quality assessment methods and measures for post-acute and long-term care. The credibility of the Team doesn’t just rely on their exceptional qualifications; it is proven by their track record of outstanding performance under government-funded and private sector research contracts, and evidenced by their academic and policy publications.

The Team’s recent publications demonstrate their continuous research activity, which is a necessity for researchers to maintain their standing and ensure the quality of their work. Drs. Lin and Kramer recently published an analysis of QIS impacts in the Journal of Aging and Social Policy. As a contracted contributor to the March 2013 MedPAC Report to the Congress, the Providigm Research Team published a publicly-available report on methods and measures of readmission and community discharge that can provide national benchmarks for the industry and the 2014 report Development of Potentially Avoidable Readmission and Functional Outcome SNF Quality Measures. As vehicles to make Providigm’s research accessible to the provider community, Dr. Kramer writes a bimonthly Provider Magazine column and Providigm publishes a Research Brief series.

Behind the Science

Andrew Kramer, M.D.
Providigm’s Research Team is led by Dr. Andrew Kramer. Dr. Kramer’s experience includes 30 years of academic research in quality of care measurement for elders, during which time he held an Endowed Professorship in the Department of Medicine at University of Colorado.

Michael Lin, Ph.D.
Providgm’s Chief Scientific Officer, Michael Lin Ph.D., came from the Graduate School Faculty in Public Health at University of Pittsburgh where his research focused on adoption of health information technology in long-term care and organizational changes that facilitate use of information technology in health care.

Ron Fish, M.B.A.
Data Analyst at Providigm, Ron Fish, M.B.A., brings more than 25 years of experience in analysis of large federal and private databases, including MDS, Medicare claims, and unique primary data sets.

Sung-Joon (Max) Min, Ph.D.
Max Min Ph.D., Chief Statistician, has a faculty appointment as Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus while providing specialized statistical expertise to the Providigm team.

Melissa Leventhal, M.P.H.
Melissa is the newest member of Providigm’s Research Team, joining our team in 2014 as a Data Analyst. Melissa’s main areas of focus are data quality and analysis of Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF) for MedPAC. Melissa obtained a BA in Psychology from Bard College at Simon’s Rock before completing her Master in Public Health in Applied Biostatistics from Colorado School of Public Health.

Recent Projects

Quality Indicator Survey (QIS)
Funding Agency: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (2007-2012)
Design, evaluation, and refinement of State Survey Agency and Regional Office Implementation methods for QIS, and certification of QIS Trainers

Resident Quality Inspection (RQI)
Funding Agency: Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOH), Ontario, Canada (2008-2013)
Design of RQI process and methods, validation of approach, and development of software solution for inspections conducted in every home in the Province of Ontario, Canada

Readmission and Community Discharge
Funding Agency: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) (2006-2013)
The research and analysis of Readmission to Hospital and Community Discharge from SNFs for multiple contracts

Design of Improved Resident/Family Satisfaction Measures
Funding Agency: Providigm (2012)
Innovative advances in real-time measurement and benchmarking for customer experience in health care

Method for Continuously Evaluating Adherence to Accreditation Standards
Funding Agency: Providigm (2012-2013)
A metric-based Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Accreditation Program for Nursing Centers

Effect of QAPI on Quality in Nursing Centers
Funding Agency: Providigm (2013)
Studies of the effectiveness of QAPI using the abaqis® Quality Management System

Have questions regarding one of our recent projects? Interested in discussing a possible future project with the Providigm Research Team? Email us at research@providigm.com.