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Academic Title
Professor of Medicine
Health Net, Inc. Endowed Chair in Geriatrics and Gerontology

Ph.D. Sociology, Brown University

Research Interests
Dementia Care by Primary Care Physicians and Families
Disability Throughout Adulthood
Fall Prevention
Functional Status Measurement
Hip Fracture Recovery
Home Health Care Use and Patient Outcomes
Long-term Care Needs

Study sections with NIH
Appointed as a standing member of the Community-Level Health Promotion (CLHP) Study Section for a 4-year term beginning July 2015.

Selected Publications
Mukamel DB, Fortinsky RH, White A, Harrington C, White L, Ngo-Metzger Q. The policy implications of the cost structure of home health agencies. Medicare & Medicaid Research Review (in press).

Fortinsky RH, Downs M. Optimizing person-centered transitions in the dementia journey: A comparison of national dementia strategies. Health Affairs 2014; 33(4):566-573.

Tremont G, Davis JD, Papandonatos GD, Ott BR, Fortinsky RH, Gozalo P, Yue MS, Bryant K, Grover C, Bishop DS. Psychosocial Telephone Intervention for Dementia Caregivers: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Alzheimer’s & Dementia (in press).

Fortinsky RH, Zlateva I, Delaney C, Kleppinger A.  Primary care physicians’ dementia care practices:  Evidence of geographic variation.  The Gerontologist 2010; 50:179-191.

Davis JE, Tremont GN, Bishop D, Fortinsky RH.  A telephone-delivered psychosocial intervention improves dementia caregiver adjustment following nursing home placement.  International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2011; 26:380-387.

Delaney C, Apostolidis B, Lachapelle L, Fortinsky RH. Home care nurses' knowledge of evidence-based education topics for heart failure management.  Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care 2011; 40:285-292.

Riggs JS, Madigan EA, Fortinsky RH.  Home health care nursing visit intensity and heart failure patient outcomes. Home Health Care Management & Practice 2011; 23:412-420. PMC3263452.

Yeboah-Korang A, Kleppinger A, Fortinsky RH.  Racial and ethnic variations in service use in a national sample of Medicare home health care patients with Type 2 diabetes. J Am Geriatr Soc 2011; 59:1123-1129. PMC3132562.

Anderson JC, Fortinsky RH, Kleppinger A, Merz-Beyus AB, Huntington CG, Lagarde S.  Predictors of compliance with free endoscopic colorectal cancer screening in uninsured adults.  J Gen Intern Med 2011; 26:875-880.

Delaney C, Fortinsky RH, Doonan L, Grimes RLW, Pearson TL, Rosenberg S, Bruce ML.  Depression screening and interventions for older home health care patients: Program design and training outcomes for a train-the-trainer model. Home Health Care Management & Practice 2011; 23:435-445.

Robison J, Shugrue N, Porter M, Fortinsky RH, Curry L.  Transition from home care to nursing home: Unmet needs in a home and community-based program for older adults.  J Aging Soc Policy 2012; 24:251-270.

Madigan EA, Gordon N, Fortinsky RH, Koroukian SM, Pina I, Riggs JS.  Predictors of functional capacity changes in a US population of Medicare home health care patients with heart failure.  Arch Gerontol Geriatr 2012; 54:e300-e306. PMC3236251.

Madigan EA, Gordon N, Fortinsky RH, Koroukian SM, Pina I, Riggs JS.  Rehospitalization in a national population of home health care patients with heart failure.  Health Serv Res 2012; 47:2316-2338. PMC3407324.

Barnes D, Palmer RM, Kresevic D, Fortinsky RH, Kowal J, Chren MM, Landefeld CS. Acute care for elders units produced shorter hospital stays at lower cost while maintaining patients’ functional status.  Health Aff 2012; 31:1227-1236.

Fortinsky RH, Madigan EA, Sheehan TJ, Tullai-McGuinness S, Kleppinger A.  Risk factors for hospitalization in a national sample of Medicare home health care patients. J Appl Gerontol [published online ahead of print August 1, 2012]. doi:10.1177/0733464812454007.

Barnes DE, Mehta KM, Boscardin WJ, Fortinsky RH, Palmer RM, Kirby KA, Landefeld CS. Prediction of recovery, dependence or death in elders who become disabled during hospitalization. J Gen Intern Med 2013; 28:261-268.

Delaney C, Fortinsky RH, Mills D, Doonan L, Grimes R, Rosenberg S, Pearson TL, Bruce M. Pilot study of a statewide initiative to enhance depression care among older home care patients. Home Health Care Management & Practice 2013; 25(2):45-53.

Book Chapters
Fortinsky, RH, Shugrue NA.  Understanding long-term care policy.  In G.D. Rowles & P.B. Teaster (Eds). Long-term care in an aging society: Theory and practice. New York: Springer Publishing. ISBN 13: 9780826194565, 2016 (released September 2015), pp. 419-442. 

Current Grants
1R01AG044504-01A1                                                        Fortinsky (PI)                                        08/01/14-06/30/19
Translation of COPE for Publicly-Funded Home Care Clients and their Families
Major goals: To determine the effectiveness, cost-benefit, and implementation success of an efficacious intervention called Care of Persons with Dementia in their Environments (COPE) when introduced as a new service into Connecticut’s long-term home care program for older adults.
Role: PI

MOAUCH-MFP-02/13DSS7102IK                                   Robison (PI)                                          01/01/07-12/31/15              
CT Department of Social Services / CMS
“Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Evaluation”
The goal of this project is to conduct a multi-method evaluation of the state of Connecticut’s program to transition people out of nursing homes and rebalance the state’s long term supports and services system for adults and older adults with disabilities.
Role: Co-Investigator

5R01AG035009                                                                   Magaziner (PI)                                     09/01/10-05/31/15
University of Maryland  / NIH (UCHC Subaward)
“Community Ambulation Following Hip Fracture”
The goal of the Community Ambulation Project, a multi-site randomized controlled trial, is to compare the efficacy of two in-home physical therapist-guided interventions for older adults who fractured a hip and completed conventional post-surgery rehabilitation. 
Role: Co-Investigator / Subaward PI

Educational Contribution
Fellows (MD)
Residents (MD)

Contact Information
Phone: 860-679-8069
Fax: 860-679-1307
E-mail: Fortinsky@uchc.edu 

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