Ms. Laliberte is a member of the team of investigators in the Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research, studying the long-term care system in the U.S. Her previous policy research has focused on Medicaid and Medicare and the examination of state statutory and regulatory frameworks for the regulation of health facilities serving the elderly. She completed a 50-state review of hospice licensing requirements following the enactment of the Medicare hospice benefit, comparing the stringency of state regulatory environments and its relationship to the growth in the number of hospices. As a member of the team which did the initial work on the development and evaluation of the Patient Care and Services (PaCS) Survey process for the Health Care Financing Administration, she met with state regulators and studied the licensing and enforcement systems for nursing homes in 5 states. As part of a national study of the relationship of state regulations to the quality of care in board and care homes, she analyzed data from interviews with state officials and reviewed regulations pertaining to these residential facilities in the 50 states.
Ms. Laliberte has also studied breast cancer treatment for older women, testing an educational intervention for patients and an educational and feedback intervention for surgeons. In another study she used SEER data to examine the impact of organizational and community-level characteristics on compliance with breast cancer treatment guidelines for older women.
Ms. Laliberte's background also includes experience directing fieldwork for large-scale, multi-site research projects (e.g., National Hospice Study, Medicare Prevention Demonstrations), including surveys of the frail elderly.