Justin W. Timbie

justin timbie
Policy Researcher
Washington Office


Ph.D. in health policy, Harvard University; B.A. in biology, University of Pennsylvania


Justin Timbie is a health policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. His interests include the evaluation of health care payment and delivery innovations, methods for measuring the performance of health care providers, and health policy issues involving the safety net. Timbie has led evaluations of health care delivery models such as patient-centered medical homes (including CMS's Federally Qualified Health Center Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration) and clinical decision support systems (including CMS's Medicare Imaging Demonstration). He has also conducted evaluations of public mental health care delivery systems, distributed clinical research networks, and workers' compensation systems. Timbie developed and published conceptual frameworks for measuring the quality and efficiency of health care providers, and was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop new methods to benchmark the performance of health care providers and to adjust performance estimates to account for patients' socioeconomic status. He is also exploring alternative performance benchmarking methods for health plans participating in the Medicare Advantage program. Timbie provided technical assistance to the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation covering a broad range of topics relating to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including the impact of health reform on community health centers, Title X providers, and Ryan White HIV/AIDS program grantees. Timbie received his doctoral degree in health policy from Harvard University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Veterans Affairs Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluating the Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Public Health Service Act Programs
  • Evaluation of The National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet) Phase I
  • Evaluation of the FQHC Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration
  • Evaluation of the Medicare Imaging Demonstration
  • Assessing Design Options for the Medicare Advantage Quality-Based Payment Program

Honors & Awards

  • Robert Brook Scholar, RAND
  • Student Paper Award, Health Policy Statistics Section, American Statistical Association