Justin W. Timbie

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Policy Researcher
Washington Office


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


Justin W. Timbie is a policy researcher with RAND Corporation. His research interests include analytic techniques for developing composite measures (a method of assigning weights to quality indicators to generate a summary score) to quantify health care quality and efficiency. His work on composite quality measures are key elements of current public reporting and pay-for-performance initiatives. Other interests include efficiency measurement, in which quality and cost information are combined to characterize the overall "value" of care. Finally, Timbie is interested in improving methods of evidence synthesis (the combination of information from multiple sources) using disease registries and decision models that allow tailoring treatments according to individual disease and patient characteristics.

Timbie received his Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University, where he concentrated in evaluative sciences and statistics. His dissertation proposed novel methods for measuring the quality and efficiency of health care. He then completed a two-year fellowship at the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He received his B.A. in biology and Spanish from the University of Pennsylvania, and was an analyst at the Duke Clinical Research Institute prior to his doctoral work.