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Brant E. Fries, Ph.D.

Title and department:Caroline Blaum
Research Professor, Institute of Gerontology
Professor of Health Management and Policy
School of Public Health
Chief, Health Systems Research
Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System
Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center.

Mailing address:
University of Michigan
Institute of Gerontology
300 North Ingalls, Room 933
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2007

Phone: (734)936-2107; Fax: (734) 936-2116


Links to laboratory or personal web pages:

Research Interests: Using personal level data to make clinical and policy decision about care of elderly and frail individuals
Brief Biography
Dr. Brant Fries is a Professor of Health Management and Policy and Research Professor at the Institute of Gerontology, University of Michigan, and Chief of Health Systems Research for the Ann Arbor VA GRECC.  His research career has been focused on the use of data to make informed decisions for elderly and disabled persons, at levels ranging from the clinical to policymaking. Trained in Operations Research (applied mathematics), his approach to these issues combines a system approach and statistical modeling.  He has been a principal author of the Resource Utilization Groups (RUG-III) system for classifying nursing home residents, used nationwide in the United States (US) for payment to all nursing homes and has just completed as the Analytic Director of the US STRIVE project to revise and update to the RUG-IV system.  As well, he is a co-author of the National Nursing Home Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI)/Minimum Data Set used in every US nursing home. With international interest in assessment systems, he founded and serves as President of interRAI, a 30-nation scientific consortium of 60 researchers, clinicians, and policymakers interested in assessment and cross-national comparisons of care of elderly and disabled individuals.  Hs is an author of interRAI assessment systems for community-based elders, acute care hospitals, long-term mental institutions, correctional facilities, palliative care, well elderly, and quality of life in institutional and community settings. In addition to the STRIVE project to refine the US prospective payment system for nursing home, he is leading projects with individual US states to improve access to care and understand their long-term care institutional and home-care populations, to identify mental health problems in Michigan prisoners, and to profile persons in Michigan’s intellectual disability population and state-run mental health institutions.

Recent Publications
Jones RN, Hirdes JP, Poss JW, Kelly M, Berg K, Fries BE, Morris JN.  “Adjustment of Nursing Home Quality Indicators” BMC Health Services Research, 10:96 (2010).

Martin L, Hirdes JP, Morris JN, Montague P, Rabinowitz T, Fries BE.  “Validating the Mental Health Assessment Protocols (MHAPs) in the Resident Assessment Instrument for Mental Health (RAI-MH).”  J Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 16(7):646-653, (June)2009.

D’Souza JC, James ML, Szafara KL, Fries BE (senior author).  “Hard Times: The Effect of Financial Strain on Home Care Services Use and Participant Outcomes in Michigan.” Gerontologist, 49(2):154-165, (Apr) 2009.

Gray LC, Berg K, Fries BE, Henrard J-C, Hirdes JP, Steel K, Morris,JN “Sharing clinical information across care settings: the birth of an integrated assessment system."  BMC Health Services Research, 9:71, 2009.

Morris JN, Fries BE, Bernabei R, et al.  interRAI Home Care (HC) Assessment Form and User’s Manual (Washington DC: interRAI), 2009 (ISBN#978-1-936065-00-4).