Faculty & Staff

Frank W. Porell, PhD

Professor, Department of Gerontology, McCormack Graduate School


photo of Frank Porell

Areas of Expertise

Outcome-based quality indicators of nursing home performance measurement, Profiling the disability risks of community elders, The hospitalization of nursing home residents, The market supply behavior of home healthcare agencies, The long-run consequences of sentinel injuries on elders


PhD, Carnegie-Mellon University

Additional Information

Over the last twenty-five years, Professor Frank Porell's research has largely focused on the health services utilization patterns of aged Medicare beneficiaries in both community and institutional settings. Most of his research entails the analysis of large individual medical claims databases to address health policy issues, particularly those related to effects and geographic and other contextual factors on health services utilization, and consequences of various access barriers on health and functional status. Much of Professor Porell's earlier research addressed specific concerns of the Medicare program, such as Medicare HMO capitation rate risk adjustment refinements.