University of Minnesota Long Term Care Resource Center

NH Regs Project Directors

Rosalie A. Kane, PhD   (NEXT)

Rosalie Kane photo Since 1985Rosalie A. Kane has been a professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, where she also serves on the graduate faculties of the School of Social Work, the Center for Bioethics,and the Center on Aging.  Prior to that, she was a senior social scientist at The Rand Corporation and a faculty member at UCLA School of Social Work and University of Utah School of Social Work.  She has an extensive record of leadership in research, policy analysis, technical assistance and policy analysis on aging, disability and long-term care, and on social work and psychosocial well-being in health settings.  She is the author or a coauthor of more than a dozen books and hundreds of journal articles and chapters, and is past editor-in-chief of both Health and Social Work, and of The Gerontologist.  She is the recipient of the Gerontological Society of America’s Kent Award.  She served on three Institute of Medicine Committees, including the Committee on Regulation of Nursing Homes, which was the precursor to the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act.  Her numerous research sponsors include the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Administration on Aging, the National Institute of Aging, the Agency for Health Research and Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, The Retirement Research Foundation, the Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation and  governmental agencies in many States. 

Dr. Kane’s research topics, typically of national scope and often large-scale, include nursing homes, home care, assisted living, care management, assessment and quality assurance.  In the last 15 years, she completed a 5-year study for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services on measures, indicators, and improvement of Quality of Life in Nursing Homes, a longitudinal study of assisted living settings in Oregon and a second study of apartment-style assisted living in 6 other States; and a 5-year, 4-wave study of family caregiving of very old persons discharged from hospitals in 3 States.   She is presently conducting an 8-state study of State practices to rebalance long-term care services for all age groups and populations from institutions to home and community based services, using relative utilization and expenditures in both sectors as the markers of rebalancing effectiveness.  She was the principal investigator for a quasi-experiment evaluating the effect of the first “Green House” nursing home in Tupelo, MS on outcomes for residents, family members and staff. 

For research projects, reports and publications of Rosalie A. Kane, go to our website, Long-term Care Resource Center.

Lois J. Cutler, PhD   (TOP)

Lois Cutler photo Lois J. Cutler holds a Ph.D. in Housing from the College of Design, University of Minnesota. She was an NIA post-doctoral at the University of Minnesota, where she initiated a program of environmental research and developed it into ongoing studies of quality of life in nursing homes and ongoing evaluations of assisted living. After her post-doctoral fellowship, she joined the University of Minnesota's Division of Health Policy and Administration in the School of Public Health as a research fellow. She is particularly expert at designing and conducting post-occupancy evaluations to examine how long-term care environments are actually being used by residents, family, staff and visitors.

Dr. Cutler's current and recent projects include a longitudinal study of the Green Houses in Tupelo, MS; development and testing of a self-assessment tool for nursing homes to examine their environments with reference to quality of life; development and testing of an idea manual and workbook for improving physical environments without major construction; and study of physical settings in assisted living.

Recent publications relate to new measurement approaches for physical environments, use of outdoor space and an evaluation of the design elements of the Green Houses of Tupelo, MS. A resource module on physical environment for Quality Partners of Rhode Island (the Quality Improvement Organization taking the lead on culture change initiatives) was recently completed She has worked with Pioneer Network to develop the interactive website, Design on a Dollar, based on the Practical Strategies material.

Dr. Cutler serves on the Health Care Development Committee for Volunteers of America. She is a current member of the design team of Episcopal Homes of Minnesota. They have developed prize-winning designs of low-income housing, including the first Geo-Thermal HUD 202 building in the country.

For research projects, reports and publications of Rosalie A. Kane, go to our website, Long-term Care Resource Center.

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