Bios of Current Members
Brant Fries, PhD
Dr. Fries is a professor of health management and policy at the School of Public Health and research professor at the Institute of Gerontology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan, USA, and chief of health systems research for the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center. He is a principal author of the Resource Utilization Groups (RUG-III) system for classifying nursing home residents, used nationwide in the United States for payment to nursing homes. He was the analytic director of the US STRIVE project to update the RUG-IV system and coauthored the National Nursing Home Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) / Minimum Data Set (MDS). He also co-authored the home care RUG-III/HC case-mix system and is working with five US states on improved methods to allocated home care resources.
He founded and is President of interRAI. He co-authored interRAI’s assessment systems for community-based elders, acute care and long-term mental institutions, palliative care, intellectual disabilities, and correctional facilities. Dr. Fries also leads projects with individual US states to improve access to care and understand their institutional and home-care populations. As examples, he recently completed a study of psychiatric illness in Michigan prisons and is working with the US State of Arkansas to develop criteria for individuals with very heavy care behavior health needs and to determine who is eligible for long-term care, and to understand state-sponsored recipients of services to support developmental disabilities. He is the author of 23 books and over 140 articles on long-term care and quantitative modeling of health care systems.