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


  • Konetzka RT, Grabowski DC, Coca-Perraillon M, Werner RM.  Nursing home 5-star rating system exacerbates disparities by payer source.  Health Affairs 2015 34, NO. 5 (2015): 819–827.
  • Guo J, Konetzka RT, Manning W.  The Causal Effects of Home Care Use on Institutional Long-Term Care Utilization and Expenditures.  Health Economics  2015 Mar;24 Suppl 1:4-17.
  • Shah T, Churpek M, Coca Perraillon M, Konetzka RT.  Understanding Why COPD Patients Get Readmitted:  A Large National Study to Delineate the Medicare Population for the Upcoming Readmissions Penalty Expansion.  Chest 2015 May 1;147(5):1219-26.
  • Guo J, Konetzka RT, Magett E, Dale W. Quantifying Long-Term Care Preferences. Medical Decision Making 2015;35:106–113.
  • He D and Konetzka RT.  Quality Disclosure and Demand Rationing: Evidence from the Nursing Home Industry. Health Economics 2014.
  • Konetzka RT.  The Hidden Costs of Rebalancing Long-Term Care.  Invited Commentary, Health Services Research 2014 Jun;49(3):771-7.
  • >Konetzka RT, Brauner DJ, Shega J, Werner RM.The Effects of Public Reporting on Physical Restraints and Antipsychotic Use Among Nursing Home Residents with Severe Cognitive Impairment. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2014 Mar;62(3):454-61.
  • Konetzka RT, Park J, Ellis R, Abbo E.  Malpractice Litigation and Nursing Home Quality of Care. Health Services Research, 2013 Dec;48(6 Pt 1):1920-38. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12072. Epub 2013 Jun 6.
  • 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.