Distinguished Lectureship in Aging

Dana Mukamel, PhD, who helped create the federal Nursing Home Compare website, spoke at the University of South Florida on Tuesday, Sept. 19, about the creation of health care “grade cards” and her latest efforts to tailor these tools to people’s needs.

Her talk was part of the Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging and USF School of Aging Studies Distinguished Lectureship in Aging.

Dr. Mukamel is a professor in the Department of Medicine and Director of the iTEQC Research Program at the University of California, Irvine. Her long research career has focused largely on development of health care quality measures and report cards, in addition to how market incentives and government regulations influence health care quality. In 2015 she received the Life Time Achievement award from the American Public Health Association.

In her talk, “Quality Report Cards: The Why, the What, and the So What,” she described the development of the Nursing Home Compare report card, which contains information for more than 15,000 nursing homes in the U.S. She also discussed her latest project, in which she and her research team have created a mobile application called Nursing Home Compare Plus (NHCPlus). The app, designed for use in hospitals, allows patients and family members who are shopping for a nursing home to personalize their search to find facilities that more specifically meet their needs.