Andrew W. Dick

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Senior Economist
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Ph.D. in economics, Stanford University


Andrew Dick is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation. He studies the development of methods and empirical applications of risk-adjustment models for quality assessment, comparative effectiveness research, and cost estimation, all with a focus on applied econometric methods for drawing causal inference. He has led or been involved in many studies about access to, quality of, and costs of care using large secondary data sources, such as Medicaid claims and encounter data (MAX), Medicare administrative data (MDS, OASIS, MedPAR, MBSF, and Part-D), hospital administrative data, and private insurance claims data. His current work includes research on health care acquired infections. He has used nursing home assessment data and Medicare claims data to estimate the effects of nurse staffing and working conditions on health care acquired infections and long-term outcomes in NH and ICU settings, and was recently funded to examine similar questions in home health care settings, among those nearing end-of-life, and among those with Alzheimer’s. Dick is the principal investigator of the MADIT CRT-D cost-effectiveness study (100 sites worldwide with over 1,500 subjects) to determine the health effects and cost consequences of cardiac resynchronization devices in implantable defibrillators. He was director and principal investigator of the Pre- and Post-Doctoral NRSA Training Grant at the University of Rochester, where he maintains an adjunct faculty position, and as adjunct faculty at the Columbia University School of Nursing. Dick was co-director of the RAND University of Pittsburgh NRSA Post-Doctoral Training Grant. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

Recent Projects

  • OAT in Medicaid - Impact of State Policies on Quality
  • Infection Prevention in Home Health Care (InHome)
  • The Effects of State Policies on Opioid Use Disorders in Pregnant Women: Prevalence, Treatment and Outcomes
  • Study of Infection Management and Palliative Care at End-of-Life (SIMP-EL)
  • Economic and Social Impact of Accelerating Health Research on Women

Selected Publications

Quigley, Denise D.; Dick, Andrew W.; Agarwal, Mansi; Jones, Karen M.; Mody, Lona; Stone, Patricia W., "COVID-19 Preparedness in Nursing Homes in the Midst of the Pandemic," Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2020

Schuler, Megan S.; Dick, Andrew W.; Stein, Bradley D., "Heterogeneity in Prescription Opioid Pain Reliever Misuse Across Age Groups: 2015-2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health," Journal of General Internal Medicine , 2019

Patrick, Stephen W.; Faherty, Laura J.; Dick, Andrew W.; Scott, Theresa A.; Dudley, Judith; Stein, Bradley D., "Association Among County-Level Economic Factors, Clinician Supply, Metropolitan or Rural Location, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome," Journal of the American Medical Association, 2019

Stone, Patricia W.; Chastain, Ashley M.; Dorritie, Richard; Tark, Aluem; Dick, Andrew W.; Bell, Jeneita M.; Stone, Nimalie D.; Quigley, Denise D.; Sorbero, Melony E., "The expansion of National Healthcare Safety Network enrollment and reporting in nursing homes: Lessons learned from a national qualitative study," American Journal of Infection Control, 2019

Quigley, Denise D.; Dick, Andrew W.; Stone, Patricia W., "Quality Innovation Networks Share Varied Resources for Nursing Homes on Mostly User‐Friendly Websites," Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2019

Stein, Bradley D.; Dick, Andrew W.; Sorbero, Mark J.; Gordon, Adam J.; Burns, Rachel M.; Leslie, Douglas L.; Pacula, Rosalie Liccardo, "A Population-Based Examination of Trends and Disparities in Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders among Medicaid Enrollees," Substance Abuse Journal, 2018

Cohen, Catherine C.; Dick, Andrew.; Stone, Patricia W., "Isolation Precautions Use for Multidrug-Resistant Organism Infection in Nursing Homes," Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2017

Travers, Jasmine L.; Cohen, Catherine C.; Dick, Andrew W.; Stone, Patricia W., "The Great American Recession and Forgone Healthcare: Do Widened Disparities between African-Americans and Whites Remain?" PLoS ONE, 2017


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    Women and COVID-19: Studying the Impact of Sex and Gender

    Much of current medical evidence is based largely on men. The current COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique opportunity to examine the potential value of asking questions about sex and gender differences to inform ongoing policy decisions.

    Apr 13, 2020 The RAND Blog