Dr. Brant Fries is the principal investigator on a SHARE-funded project examining Medicaid long-term medical care eligibility criteria across states, and in particular, how the nursing facility level of care (LOC) criteria affect access to care through home and community-based services (HCBS)
Dr. Fries is a Research Professor in the Institute of Gerontology and a Professor in the Health Management and Policy division of the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. He also serves as Chief of Health Systems Research: Geriatric Research at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Education and Clinical Center. His research focuses on developing methodology to apply to long-term care and care of vulnerable populations, focusing in particular on the use of person-level data to make clinical and policy decisions about the care of elderly and frail individuals.
In additional to this SHARE project, Dr. Fries leads projects with individual US states to improve access to care and understand their long-term care institutional and home-care population. One such state is Michigan, where Dr. Fries is working to identify mental health problems in prisoners and to profile persons in Michigan's intellectual disability population and state-run mental health institutions.
Additional Professional Roles
Dr. Fries received his PhD in Operations Research from Cornell University in 1972. He completed his post-doctoral work at Columbia University and has held faculty positions at Yale University's Executive Education Program in Health Management and in the Health Care Management Program at Columbia School of Business.
The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a part of the Health Policy and Management Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.