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    Cheryl Damberg, Ph.D.

    Cheryl Damberg, Ph.D. is a Senior Researcher at RAND, with more than 20 years of experience as a health policy analyst and researcher for the government and private industry.  Her areas of expertise include pay for performance, physician and hospital performance measurement and scoring, patient safety, consumer-directed health plans, and assessing the impact of health care reform initiatives on quality and costs.  Currently, Dr. Damberg is the Principal Investigator (PI) on an ASPE-funded project examining methodological issues associated with constructing episode-based payments and tying quality measures to episodes in the context of incentive-based payment reform.  She is also the PI for 5-year evaluation of the Integrated Healthcare Association’s pay-for-performance initiative, is co-PI on an AHRQ-funded evaluation of AHRQ’s patient safety initiative, is co-leading the Abt - RAND evaluation of the CMS - Premier hospital pay for performance demonstration, and is a lead investigator on the RAND – Watson Wyatt three-year study of Consumer Directed Health Plans funded by the California Healthcare Foundation.  Most recently, Dr. Damberg was PI for the ASPE and CMS-funded project to examine the state-of-the-art in hospital pay-for-performance and to assist CMS with developing a plan for value-based purchasing of Medicare hospital services as called for in the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act.  Prior to this, Dr. Damberg served as co-PI on an ASPE-funded study of pay for performance and its application to the Medicare fee schedule.  In addition to her RAND work, Dr. Damberg serves as the Director of Research for the Pacific Business Group on Health on a part-time basis, and in this role she is overseeing the analytic work on the CMS-funded California Better Quality Information (BQI) pilot project.  In her PBGH role, Dr. Damberg has been responsible for developing and implementing quality measurement projects at the health plan, medical group and hospital levels of the delivery system, and for designing, testing and producing report cards for providers. Dr. Damberg’s prior professional experience includes working as a Senior Consultant to Fortune 100 firms for the MEDSTAT Group and as a Research Fellow for the U.S. DHHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Dr. Damberg received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from the RAND Graduate School of Policy Studies and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan.


    The Pay for Performance Experiment: Have We Reached the Promised Land?

    Presentation Date

    Princeton Conference XV: May 27, 2008

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