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Public Policy Reports and Briefs


This section contains our policy reports. This research reflects our commitment to improving the lives of older adults through policy relevant research for an aging Florida.






Peterson, L. J., & Hyer, K. (2015). Shifting to Medicaid-Managed Long-Term Care Are Vulnerable Florida Beneficiaries Properly Informed?. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 0733464815570668.
Policy Brief - May 2015

Ellis, M.L., Molinari, V., Dobbs, D., Smith, K., Hyer, K. (2014). Assessing approaches and barriers to reduce antipsychotic medication in Florida nursing homes. Aging & Mental Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080-13607863.20143952710.
Policy Brief - October 2014

Frahm, K. A., Brown, L. M., & Hyer, K. (2013). Racial disparities in receipt of hospice services among nursing home residents. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1049909113511144.
Policy Brief - April 2014

The National Health and Aging Trends Study: A new resource for studying disability and independence in older people, February 2014.
Policy Brief - February 2014

Molinari, V., Brown, L. M., Frahm, K., Schinka, J., & Casey, R. (2013). Factors that influence homelessness in older homeless veterans.Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 24, 487-498.
Policy Brief - January 2014

Peterson, Lindsay (2013). NIA Official: Aging Research Holds Promise, Poses Potential Ethical Challenges.
Policy Brief - March 2013

Peterson, Lindsay, (2013). Elder Abuse and Exploitation: A "Wicked Problem" With Broad-Ranging Consequences.
Policy Brief - February 2013

Holup,* A., Dobbs, D., Temple, A., & Hyer, K. (2012). Going digital: Adoption of electronic health records in assisted living facilities Journal of Applied Gerontology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0733464812454009
Policy Brief #2 - February 2012

Becker, M. A., Boaz, T. L., DeMuth, A. and Andel, R. (2011), Predictors of emergency commitment for nursing home residents: the role of resident and facility characteristics. Int. J. Geriat. Psychiatry. doi: 10.1002/gps.2817
Policy Brief #1 - January 2012

Dobbs, D., Meng, H., Hyer, K., & Volicer, L. (2012). The influence of hospice use on nursing home and hospital use in assisted living among dual-eligible enrollees. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 13(2), 189.e9-189.e13. doi:10.1016/j.jamda.2011.06.001
Policy Brief # 4 - August 2011

Molinari, V., Chiriboga, D., Branch, L., Schonfeld, L., Schinka, J., Vongxaiburana, E., Greene, J., & Hyer, K. (2011). Technical Report submitted to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Florida Mental health Institute, University of South Florida: Tampa, FL. 
Policy Brief #3 - June 2011

Hahn, E. A., Thomas, K. S., Hyer, K., Andel, R., & Meng, H. (2011). Predictors of low-care prevalence in Florida nursing homes: The role of medicaid waiver programs. Gerontologist Gerontologist, 51(4), 495-503.
Policy Brief # 2 - June 2011

Hyer, K., Thomas, K. S., Branch, L. G., Harman, J. S., Johnson, C. E., & Weech-Maldonado, R. (2011). The influence of nurse staffing levels on quality of care in nursing homes. The Gerontologist, 51(5), 610-616. doi:10.1093/geront/gnr050
Policy Brief #1 - February 2011

Krok, J., Dobbs, D., Hyer, K., & Polivka-West, L. (2011). Nurse managers' perspectives of structural and process characteristics related to residents' advance directives in nursing homes. Applied Nursing Research, 24(4), e45-e50. doi:10.1016/j.apnr.2010.11.004
Policy Brief #3 - November 2010

Molinari, V., Chiriboga, D., Kos, L.,  Hyer, K., Branch, L. Schonfeld, L., Mills, W. &. Krok, J. (2010). Reasons for psychiatric medication prescription for new nursing home residents. Submitted to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Florida Mental health Institute, University of South Florida: Tampa, FL.  
Policy Brief #2 - June 2010

Becker, M. & Mehra, S. (2005). Serious Mental Illness in Florida Nursing Homes: A Study of Resident, Facility, Cost and Quality of Care Characteristics. Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida: Tampa, FL.
Policy Brief #1 - June 2010

Hyer, K., Thomas, K., Mehra, S., Johnson, C., Harman, J.S. (2009). Analyses on outcomes of increased nurse staffing policies in Florida nursing homes: Staffing levels, quality, and costs (2002-2007). Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging and School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida: Tampa, FL.
Report #1 - September 2009

Molinari, V., Cho, S., Chiriboga, D., Turner, K., & Guo, J. (2008). Factors associated with the provision of mental health services in Florida nursing homes. Submitted to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Florida Mental health Institute, University of South Florida: Tampa, FL.
Policy Brief #1 - June 2008