Hilltop Policy Analyst Roberto Millar, PhD, is one of four inaugural awardees of UMBC’s Center and Institute Departmentally Engaged Research (CIDER) grants. Dr. Millar will partner with Dr. Nancy Kusmaul, Department of Social Work, and Dr. Ian Stockwell, Department of Information Systems, on a project titled Exploring Quality of Care in Maryland Nursing Homes from a Multidimensional Perspective. The researchers will create a unique and comprehensive data set of facilities in Maryland. They will draw from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) Nursing Home Compare, and the Maryland Health Care Commission’s Nursing Home Family Experience of Care Survey to examine the predictive value of CMS’s star rating for Maryland facilities on family members’ overall satisfaction with care. Findings from this research will make an important contribution to the health care literature, as well as inform policy and practice interventions to improve the quality of care in nursing facilities at the state and national levels.
UMBC’s Office of Research Development established the CIDER seed awards to increase inter-unit collaboration, particularly between researchers whose appointments are not primarily in an academic department and researchers within academic units. To learn more, read the UMBC News article here.