Marc N. Elliott

Marc N. Elliott
Distinguished Chair in Statistics; Senior Principal Researcher
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in statistics, Rice University; M.A. in statistics, Rice University; B.A. in statistics, Rice University; B.A. in psychology, Rice University

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Marc N. Elliott is a senior principal researcher at RAND and holds its Distinguished Chair in Statistics. His areas of interest include health equity, quality measurement, Medicare, underserved populations, healthcare experiences, survey sampling, experimental design, casual inference, and case-mix adjustment in U.S. and UK applications. He has developed Bayesian methods of estimating race/ethnicity and associated disparities using surname and address information. Elliott led Office of Minority Health work developing novel, cost-effective sampling and analytic methods to improve national health estimates for small racial/ethnic groups. Since 2006, he has led the CMS Medicare CAHPS® (Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems) Analysis project assessing patient experiences for 400,000 surveyed beneficiaries annually. Since 2012, he has been the RAND co-PI of AHRQ's CAHPS project and was RAND's lead statistician on that project 1996–2012. Elliott is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the first recipient of its Mid-Career Award (Health Policy Section). He has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles in a variety of journals (H-Index 94). He serves on the editorial boards of Health Services Research and Medical Care Research and Review. In 2014, Elliott was recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the Top 1% of Cited Scientists 2002–2012. In 2017, Elliott became a member of the Academy Health Methods Council. He holds a Ph.D. in statistics from Rice University.

Recent Projects

  • Consumer evaluations of Medicare, hospitals
  • Health disparities for small racial/ethnic groups

Selected Publications

Elliott MN, Klein DJ, et al. , "Using Predicted Spanish Preference to Target Bilingual Mailings in a Mail Survey with Telephone Follow-up," Health Services Research, 2018

Elliott MN, Landon B, et al., "Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Enrollees Report Less Positive Experiences Than Their Medicare Advantage Counterparts," Health Affairs, 35(3), 2016

Elliott MN, Beckett MK, Lehrman WG, Cleary PD, Cohea C, Giordano LA, Goldstein E, Damberg C, "Understanding The Role Medicare's Patient Experience Points System Plays In Hospital Reimbursement," Heath Affairs, 35(9), 2016

Elliott MN, Finch BK, et al., "Sample Designs for Measuring the Health of Small Racial Ethnic Subgroups," Statistics in Medicine, 27(20), 2008

Elliott MN, Dahlhamer JM, MacCarthy S, Beckett MK, Orr N, Guerino P, Agniel D, Saunders CL, Schuster MA, Ng JH, Martino SC, "Using Ancillary Sociodemographic Data to Identify Sexual Minority Adults among Those Responding “Something Else” or “Don't Know” to Sexual Orientation Questions," Medical Care, 57(12), 2019

Breslau J, Elliott MN, Haviland AM, Klein DJ, Dembosky JW, Adams JL, Gaillot S, Horvitz-Lennon M, Schneider EC, "Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Attainment of Behavioral Health Quality Measures in Medicare Advantage Plans," Health Affairs, 37(10), 2018

Elliott MN, Adams JL, Klein DJ, Haviland AM, Beckett MK, Hays RD, Gaillot S, Edwards CA, Dembosky JW, Schneider EC, "Patient-Reported Care Coordination is Associated with Better Performance on Clinical Care Measures," Journal of General Internal Medicine, 36(12), 2021

Cabreros I, Agniel D, Martino SC, Damberg CL, Elliott MN, "Predicting race and ethnicity to ensure equitable algorithms for health care decision-making," Health Affairs, 41(8), 2022

Honors & Awards

  • Chair, RAND Distinguished Chair in Statistics and Health
  • Fellow, American Statistical Association
  • Top 1% of Cited Researchers 2002-2012, General Social Science, Thomas Reuters