R. Tamara Konetzka, PhD


  • Health Economics
  • Long-term Care
  • Effects of financing and market structure on quality of care
  • Medicare and Medicaid policy
  • Health workforce issues


  • Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences (Health Services Research)
  • Professor, Department of Medicine (Section of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine)


  • PhD (Health Policy and Administration -- Health Economics), 2003, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • AM (Economics), 1992, University of Pennsylvania
  • MS (Urban and Regional Planning), 1990, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BA (Political Science/German), 1987, University of Wisconsin-Madison


  • Dong J, Konetzka RT, Pollack H. Effects of Long-Term Care Setting on Spousal Health Outcomes. Health Services Research, 2018 Sep 23. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Werner RM, Konetzka RT. Trends in post-acute care use among Medicare beneficiaries: 2000 to 2015. JAMA 2018 Apr 17;319(15):1616-1617.
  • Konetzka RT, Stuart EA, Werner, RM. The Effect of Integration of Hospitals and Post-Acute Care Providers on Medicare Payment and Patient Outcomes. Journal of Health Economics, 2018 Feb 7 [Epub ahead of print]
  • Coca Perraillon M, Konetzka RT, He D, Werner RM. Consumer Response to Composite Ratings of Nursing Home Quality. American Journal of Health Economics, forthcoming.
  • Coca Perraillon M, Brauner D, Konetzka RT. Provider Response to Nursing Home Compare: The Provider Perspective. Medical Care Research and Review, 2017 Aug 1 [Epub ahead of print]
  • Konetzka RT, Lasater KB, Norton EC, Werner RM. Are recessions good for staffing in nursing homes? American Journal of Health Economics, forthcoming.
  • Konetzka RT, Skira MM, Werner RM. Incentive Design and Quality Improvements: Evidence from State Medicaid Nursing Home Pay-for-Performance Programs. American Journal of Health Economics 2018 4(1) p 105-130. 
  • Konetzka RT, Gray ZS. The Role of Socioeconomic Status in Nursing Home Quality Ratings. Seniors Housing & Care Journal, September 2017.
  • Werner RM, Konetzka RT, Polsky D, Wirtalla C. Changes in consumer demand following public reporting of summary quality ratings: An evaluation in nursing homes.  Health Services Research 2016 Jun;51 Suppl 2:1291-309.
  • Konetzka RT.  The Hidden Costs of Rebalancing Long-Term Care.  Invited Commentary, Health Services Research 2014 Jun;49(3):771-7.
  • Werner RM, Konetzka RT, Polsky D. The Effect of Pay-for-Performance in Nursing Homes: Evidence from State Medicaid Programs. Health Services Research, 2013 Aug;48(4):1393-414.
  • Konetzka RT, Polsky D, Werner RM. Shipping Out Instead of Shaping Up: Rehospitalization from Nursing Homes as an Unintended Effect of Public Reporting. Journal of Health Economics 32 (2013) 341– 352.
  • Lindrooth RC, Konetzka RT, Navathe AS, Zhu J, Chen W, Volpp KG. The Impact of the Profitability of Hospital Admissions on Mortality. Health Services Research, 2013 Apr;48(2 Pt 2):792-809.
  • Konetzka RT, Karon SL, Potter D.  Users Of Medicaid Home And Community–Based Services Are Especially Vulnerable To Costly Avoidable Hospital Admissions.  Health Affairs 2012 Jun;31(6):1167-75.
  • Werner RM, Norton EC, Konetzka RT, Polsky D. Do consumers respond to publicly reported quality information? Evidence from nursing homes. Journal of Health Economics 2012 Jan 10;31(1):50-61.
  • Konetzka RT, Luo Y. Explaining lapse in long-term care insurance markets. Health Economics. 2010 Sep 29. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Konetzka RT, Werner RM. Applying Market-Based Reforms to Long-Term Care. Health Affairs, 2010 Jan-Feb;29(1):74-80.
  • Konetzka RT. Do Not-for-Profit Nursing Homes Provide Better Quality? Invited editorial, British Medical Journal, 2009 Aug 4;339:b2683.
  • Werner RM, Konetzka RT, Stuart EA, Norton EC, Polsky D, Park J. Impact of Public Reporting on Quality of Post-Acute Care. Health Services Research, 2009 Aug;44(4):1169-87.
  • Konetzka RT, Werner RM. Disparities in Long-Term Care: Building Equity into Market-Based Reforms. Medical Care Research and Review, 2009 Oct;66(5):491-521.
  • Werner RM, Konetzka RT, Kruse GB. The Impact of Public Reporting on Unreported Quality of Care. Health Services Research, 2009 Apr;44(2 Pt 1):379-98.
  • Konetzka RT, Stearns SC, Park J. The Staffing-Outcomes Relationship in Nursing Homes. Health Services Research 2008 Jun;43(3):1025-42.
  • Sochalski J, Konetzka RT, Zhu J, Volpp KG. Will Raising Nurse Staffing Levels Lead to Better Patient Outcomes? Medical Care 2008 Jun;46(6):606-13.
  • Konetzka RT, Spector W, Limcangco MR. Reducing Hospitalizations from Long-Term Care Settings. Medical Care Research and Review 2008 Feb;65(1):40-66. Epub 2007 Sep 25.
  • Konetzka RT, Norton EC, Sloane PD, Kilpatrick KE, Stearns SC. Medicare Prospective Payment and Quality of Care for Long-Stay Nursing Home Residents. Medical Care 2006 Mar;44(3):270-6.
  • Konetzka RT, Yi D, Norton EC, Kilpatrick KE. Effects of Medicare Payment Changes on Nursing Home Staffing and Deficiencies. Health Services Research 2004, 39(3):463-88.