Andrew Hackbarth

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.Phil. (Ph.D. candidate) in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; B.A. in applied mathematics, Harvard University


Andrew D. Hackbarth is an assistant policy analyst at RAND and a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School; he is also the Advisor to the Administrator on Measurement and Evaluation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He has worked on healthcare quality improvement and measurement issues since 2003 with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, where he led measurement efforts for the 100,000 Lives Campaign and 5 Million Lives Campaign, and has continued to pursue work related to these topics at PRGS and RAND since arriving in 2008. Other RAND project work has focused on methods for robust decision-making under deep uncertainty, especially related to climate change policy, and the health impact of air pollution. His dissertation explores improvements to methods for the measurement of in-patient adverse event rates in U.S. hospitals and the true cost of these events to health care providers and insurers.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Advisor to the Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Selected Publications

Donald M. Berwick and Andrew D. Hackbarth, "Eliminating Waste in US Health Care," Journal of the American Medical Association, 2012

Andrew D. Hackbarth, John A. Romley, and Dana P. Goldman, "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Hospital Care Resulting from Air Pollution in Excess of Federal Standards," Social Science and Medicine, 2011

Christopher P. Landrigan, Gareth J. Parry, Catherine B. Bones, Andrew D. Hackbarth, Donald A. Goldmann, and Paul J. Sharek, "Temporal Trends in Rates of Patient Harm Resulting from Medical Care," New England Journal of Medicine, 2010