Nursing Home Compare Plus

The NHCPlus+ app for the Apple iPad takes the guesswork out of choosing a nursing home. Whether you are selecting a nursing home for your patients, yourself or your loved ones, this portable, user-friendly tool will provide you with the personalized information you need to make informed decisions.

“My research has focused on quality of care for nursing home patients for the last 20 years.”
Dana B. Mukamel, PhD, professor, UCI Department of Medicine

“I got interested in this study because I was thinking about how hard it was when my grandma had to go into a nursing home. I felt powerless, and I didn’t know what to do.”
Dara Sorkin, PhD, associate professor, UCI Department of Medicine

How NHCPlus+ Can Help You

We know that choosing a nursing home can be difficult, since every nursing home is different, and every person has different needs. That’s where Nursing Home Compare Plus comes in.

The NHCPlus+ app has the potential to assist the more than three million individuals who enter nursing homes every year for both short and long stays.

If you are a healthcare professional, this app will help you better serve your patients by finding them a nursing home that meets their personal needs. At the same time, you will improve the efficiency of your discharge process.

If you are an individual seeking a nursing home for yourself or someone you care about, this app will help you easily navigate and interpret the Federal Nursing Home Compare (NHC) Quality Report Card and other complicated databases that store the information you need.

Taking the Leap: From a Research Study to an App for Everyone

We’ve been testing and refining the NHCPlus+ app as a research study at the University of California, Irvine. We originally designed the app to work with the discharge process at UC Irvine Health Douglas Hospital; however, it can easily be adapted to other settings.

With NHCPlus+, you’ll be able to choose a nursing home in three easy steps. After learning about the quality of nursing homes and ranking your preferences, you will receive a ranked list of recommended nursing homes based on your preferences and the quality report card called Nursing Home Compare, from the federal government, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Our database covers the entire country.

More than 150 patients have tested NHCPlus+ and provided positive feedback during the clinical trial that we conducted. Here’s what some of our users have said:

“The use of the iPad was extremely helpful. I was immediately able to indicate my priorities and identify potential locations within a reasonable travel distance. I really liked it! Without it, you are dependent on someone else to do the research for you; I liked that I was able to do it myself.” 60-year-old daughter of a female patient

“The IPad was very helpful at a time that I needed it most. … Easy to navigate. … Everyone should give it a chance.” 52-year-old son of a female patient

“Overall, the app works really well and is extremely convenient. … It cut my research time in half.” 25-year-old granddaughter of a female patient

“[The iPad] was very valuable! It was an excellent tool!” 83-year-old female patient

“Hope you can use the [tool] at UCI and throughout other hospitals. It put the family at ease and the important information at our finger tips.” 48-year-old-son of a male patient

How You Can Make a Difference

We have an opportunity to revolutionize how patients take charge of their own healthcare. With your contributions, we’ll be able to take our breakthrough app to the next level and make it available to everyone who’s searching for a suitable nursing home in the U.S. There is no comparable software on the market to date.

Please, consider supporting this worthwhile cause. Here’s a breakdown of how your investment in NHCPlus+ can make a difference:


Enables a case manager to spend 15 minutes teaching a patient how to use the app.


Allows a research assistant to spend one hour evaluating the effectiveness of the app.


Pays for an IT expert to spend one hour upgrading the app.


Covers one NHCPlus+ training session for a case manager at a new hospital.


Buys an iPad with HIPAA-compliant software installed.

Other Your gift of any amount can make a difference.
Alpesh N. Amin

Alpesh Amin, MD, MBA, MACP, SFHM
Tom and Mary Cesario Chairman, UC Irvine Department of Medicine, School of Medicine


Throughout his career, Dr. Amin has been innovative in clinical, quality and educational program development. He has advised the Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha, Qatar, on Quality Improvement efforts across eight hospitals under the national health ministry council. He has developed processes to improve patient care delivery by looking at ways to reduce readmission and avoidable admissions. He has also implemented improvements in length of stay, mortality and customer service. His research focuses on health outcomes related to patient safety and quality improvement and medical education.

Dr. Amin is a member of many professional organizations, including the Society of Hospital Medicine, the American College of Physicians, the Society of General Internal Medicine, and Academic Chiefs and Leaders of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Amin has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles. He is the co-editor/co-author of the Core Competencies for Hospital Medicine by SHM. He served as Chair of SHM’s Education Committee for four years, the 2006 SHM Annual Meeting Course Director, and was on the SHM’s Board of Directors. Dr. Amin has served as president of SGIM CA/HI Region and President of California ACP. He was Associate Editor of Hospital Medicine Secrets. Dr. Amin is also co-editor of the book Contemporary Hospitalist Guide to Anticoagulation.


Dr. Amin’s numerous awards and honors include the American College of Physicians Special Recognition Award, a Masters of the ACP, a Senior Fellow of SHM, named as one of “America’s Top Physicians” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, Orange County Physician of Excellence Award, and ACP’s Top 10 Hospitalist Award. Dr. Amin is also the recipient of the Alfred Soffer Award from the ACCP and the 2010 Venous Research Award for Quality Improvement and Implementation of Best Practices from the Venous Disease Coalition (VDC)/Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF).


“As founder and executive director of the UC Irvine Hospitalist Program, I deal with many patients who go to a nursing home when they leave the hospital. NHCPlus+ allows me to offer them patient-centered decisions about their care. As an outcomes researcher and a co-PI for NHCPlus+, I am excited to see that our results are showing a shorter length of stay for our patients. As chair of the UC Irvine Department of Medicine, I see how NHCPlus+ presents opportunities to influence a safe and happy transition of our inpatients to nursing homes that will meet their quality of care needs.” Alpesh Amin, MD, MBA, MACP, SFHM

Dana B. Mukamel

Dana B. Mukamel, PhD
Professor, UCI Department of Medicine


Mukamel also has affiliations at UCI with the Paul Merage School of Business and the Program in Public Health. She was previously a faculty member at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

She holds a PhD in economics. Her research focuses on issues related to quality of care in acute and long-term care, including methodological issues related to measurement of quality and empirical studies that offer insights into the policy, market and provider characteristics contributing to the provision of high-quality care. She has developed methods to measure quality in nursing homes and community-based long-term care programs based on risk-adjusted health outcomes, such as risk-adjusted decline in functional status and pressure ulcers. She serves on several CMS task forces that design risk-adjusted quality measures and quality report cards. Her studies have examined the role of competition, regulation, report cards and other factors in provision of high-quality care. Her extensive research program is funded by grants from federal agencies (AHRQ, NIA, NINR and the VA) and private foundations.

Mukamel has served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Public Health and many national advisory and review boards for organizations such as CMS, NIH, AHRQ, VA and MedPAC. She is also editor of the Journal of Health Services Research Outcomes and Methodology.


Life Time Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association, A&PH.

2014 Winner of the “Research Associates Athalie Clarke Achievement Award” for senior faculty member whose research has made significant advances in medicine or basic science.

2014 Winner of “Outstanding Research Poster Award” awarded by the American Academy of Behavior for abstract titled “Are Disabled Older Adults Living in More Cohesive Communities More Likely to Receive Help with Mobility Needs?” Nguyen AL and Mukamel DB.

2012 “Best in ARM 2012” – paper published as “Best of the 2012 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting” by HSR: “The Effect of State Regulatory Stringency on Nursing Home Quality,” Dana B. Mukamel, et al.

2011 Winner of the Aging and Public Health - Rural and Environment Award awarded by American Public Health Association for manuscript titled “Rural-Urban Differences in End-of-Life Nursing Home Care: Facility and Environmental Factors,” Temkin-Greener, Helena; Zheng, Tracy N and Mukamel, Dana B.

2011 Doctoral student Jingping Xing received Honorable Mention on her manuscript titled “Factors Associated with in-Hospital Deaths among Nursing Home Residents Receiving Post-Acute Care” – Laurence G. Branch Doctoral Student Research Award funded by the Retirement Research Foundation, American Public Health Association.

2010 Winner of the Betty J. Cleckley Minority Issues Research Award awarded by the Gerontological Health Section of the American Public Health Association for manuscript titled “Racial Disparities in In-Hospital Death and Hospice use Among Nursing Home Residents” Zheng NT; Mukamel DB; Cai S; Temkin-Greener H.

2009 Winner of the Betty J. Cleckley Minority Issues Research Award awarded by the Gerontological Health Section of the American Public Health Association for manuscript titled “Pressure ulcer prevalence among Black and White nursing home residents in NY: Evidence of racial disparity,” Cai S, Mukamel DB, Temkin-Greener H.

2009 AcademyHealth annual meeting – abstract on “Impact of Work Environment and Processes on Risk of Pressure Ulcers in NYS Nursing Homes,” Temkin-Greener H, Cai S, Zheng N, Zhao H, Mukamel DB. – chosen most outstanding abstract.

2007 Aetna Susan B. Anthony Award for “Excellence in Research on Older Women and Public Health” awarded by the Gerontological Health Section of the American Public Health Association for manuscript titled “Urinary Incontinence in Community-Living Older Women: Does Socioeconomic Status Affect Help Seeking and Receiving Treatment,” Yue Li, PhD; MS; Xueya Cai, MA; Laurent Glance, MD; Dana B. Mukamel, PhD.

2007 AcademyHealth annual meeting – abstract on “Gender Differences in Healthcare-Seeking for Urinary Incontinence and the Impact of Socioeconomic Status: A Study of the Medicare Managed Care Population,” Li Y, Glance LG, Mukamel DB -- chosen as one of the most outstanding research projects submitted to the meeting.

2006 AcademyHealth annual meeting – abstract on “When racial disparities disappear: Is it a good news story?” was chosen as one of the most outstanding research projects submitted to the meeting.

2006 National Institute for Health Care Management and Research & Education Foundation, Health Care Research Award – Finalist.

2004 Doctoral student, Yue Li, received the Student Award from the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association for “Misspecification Issues in Risk Adjustment and Constructing Outcome-Based Quality Indicators,” bYue Li; Andrew Dick, PhD; Dana B. Mukamel.

2002 Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy Annual Meeting, Best abstract for theme: Disparities in Health & Health Care, “Disparities in Access to High Quality Cardiac Surgeons: Race, Income, and Hospital Effects”
2001 Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy Annual Meeting: Abstract titled “End of Life Care in Managed Care: Place of Death in the PACE Program” – most outstanding abstract.

1997 James G. Zimmer New Investigator Award for Excellence in Research in Aging and Disability, American Public Health Association, Gerontological Health Section.

Dara Sorkin

Dara Sorkin, PhD
Associate professor, UCI Department of Medicine


Dara Sorkin received her PhD in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. As principal or co-investigator of seven nationally funded completed or ongoing grants, she has extensive experience in overseeing large-scale research studies aimed at modifying health behaviors and reducing racial/ethnic disparities and chronic disease burden in vulnerable populations.

In both Orange County and Los Angeles County, Sorkin has forged lasting relationships with numerous community clinics that serve underserved populations, including the Long Beach Children’s Clinic, which serves low-income and at-risk families; the Community Medical Wellness Center, which serves the Cambodian population in Los Angeles; Healthy Smiles, which provides dental care to underserved children throughout Orange County; and Share Ourselves, a patient-centered medical home that provides high-quality, comprehensive safety-net services to the Orange County community. Through her work training graduate students to design and implement program evaluations, Sorkin has had the opportunity to work with and learn from many community-based organizations throughout Orange County.


2015 Outstanding Community Research Award Recipient
2015 Dean's Junior Physician/Scientist Award for Outstanding Research