I am a PhD candidate in Health Services Research (Health Economics track) in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. I am also a graduate fellow at the Partnered Evidence-Based Resource Center (PEPReC) at the VA Boston Healthcare System and a consultant at Novocardia.
In previous roles, I’ve served as deputy director and fellow in health policy at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, as well as a senior research assistant at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
My current research focuses on various topics, including provider networks in the Medicare Advantage program, costs and quality of care in Traditional Medicare, specialty care wait times and access to care in the Veterans Health Administration, and the impact of benefit value on the mix of services used by Veterans.
For my dissertation work, I am working on three connected topics:
- Using a predictive model to measure the effective restrictiveness of provider networks in Medicare Advantage.
- Relying on quasi-experimental variation in payment rates to Medicare Advantage plans, measuring how much payment increases flow to enrollee benefits, network expansion, or advertising efforts.
- Determining whether there are so-called “star providers” that Medicare Advantage insurers must include in their provider networks.