Mark W. Friedberg

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Adjunct Physician Policy Researcher
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M.D., Harvard Medical School; M.P.P. in health policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; B.A. in economics and statistics, Swarthmore College

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Mark Friedberg is an adjunct physician policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. He is also an assistant professor of medicine, part-time, at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School; and a practicing general internist in primary care.

Dr. Friedberg's research focuses on measuring and improving the performance of individual clinicians and health care organizations. He received his B.A. in economics and statistics from Swarthmore College, his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and his M.P.P. in health care policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Selected Publications

Friedberg MW, Edelen MO, Hirshman S, Kerrissey M, Basile AK, Tietschert MV, Elliot MN, Singer SJ, "Development and psychometric analysis of the revised patient perceptions of integrated care survey," Medical Care Research and Review, 2019

Reid RO, Damberg CL, Friedberg MW, "Primary care spending in the fee-for-service Medicare population," JAMA Internal Medicine, 2019

Rumball-Smith J, Gurvey J, Friedberg MW, "Personalized hospital ratings—transparency for the internet age," New England Journal of Medicine, 379(9), 2018

Meeker D, Linder JA, Fox CR, Friedberg MW, Persell SD, Goldstein NJ, Knight TK, Hay JW, Doctor JN, "Effect of behavioral interventions on inappropriate antibiotic prescribing among primary care practices: a randomized clinical trial," JAMA, 315(6), 2016

Friedberg MW, Reid RO, Timbie JW, Setodji C, Kofner A, Weidmer B, Kahn KL, "Federally qualified health center clinicians and staff increasingly dissatisfied with workplace conditions," Health Affairs, 36(8), 2017

Friedberg MW, Rodriguez HP, Martsolf G, Edelen MO, Vargas Bustamante A, "Measuring workplace climate in community clinics and health centers," Medical Care, 2016

Friedberg MW, Schneider EC, Rosenthal MB, Volpp KG, Werner RM, "Association between participation in a multipayer medical home intervention and changes in quality, utilization, and costs of care," JAMA, 311(8), 2014

Friedberg MW, Chen PG, Van Busum KR, Aunon FM, Pham C, Caloyeras JP, Mattke S, Pitchforth E, Quigley DD, Brook RH, Crosson FJ, Tutty M, Factors affecting physician professional satisfaction and their implications for patient care, health systems, and health policy, RAND (RR-439-AMA), 2013

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: American Journal of Managed Care Online; ReachMD; Tiny Spark

Commentary: AHRQ Perspectives on Safety; Health Affairs Blog; The Health Care Blog; Newsweek


  • A medical bill showing balance due, photo by DNY59/Getty Images

    Addressing Surprise Medical Bills Without Raising the Cost of Health Care

    Patients who try to stay within their insurers' networks can be hit with surprise bills when they unknowingly receive care from out-of-network physicians. How much should a physician be paid for providing a service that is critical but rendered without the patient's ready ability to choose an in-network provider?

    Apr 1, 2019 The Hill

  • Senator Bernie Sanders greets attendees before an event to introduce the Medicare for All Act of 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 13, 2017

    Medicare for All: Sounds Good, but What Does It Mean?

    Traditional Medicare is popular and therefore can lend a good brand name to coverage expansion proposals, but its limits can be significant for some patients. Those proposing and evaluating “Medicare for All” proposals should consider whether and how these limits are addressed.

    Nov 19, 2018 Health Affairs Blog

  • Doctors and nurses in hospital

    Personalized Hospital Ratings: Transparency for the Internet Age

    Each annual release of hospital ratings captivates journalists, hospital leaders, and health care consumers in the United States. These ratings aggregate many measures into a single score for each hospital. But why should the opinions of report creators hold sway, if the intent is to inform patient choice? Why not ask patients instead?

    Aug 30, 2018 New England Journal of Medicine

  • Hospital staff discussing a patient's chart

    Improving MACRA's Chances of Success

    Starting in 2019, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act will integrate and potentially simplify performance measurement by combining many measures and programs. Research provides insight into how to avoid pitfalls in MACRA's rollout.

    Jan 9, 2017 The Health Care Blog

  • View to an operating room through an office window

    Ransomware Hackers Are Coming for Your Health Records

    Cyber criminals may be preying on hospitals because cyber protection measures likely have not kept pace with electronic data collection and because hospitals typically do not have backup systems and databases in place, even though such attacks can strain health care systems and potentially put patients' lives at risk.

    Apr 11, 2016 Newsweek

  • A doctor giving a girl a checkup

    Relationships Between Physician Professional Satisfaction and Patient Safety

    Health system leaders should view regular and detailed assessment of physician professional satisfaction as an invaluable early warning system for potential threats to quality and safety. But simply surveying doctors on their overall levels of job satisfaction isn't enough.

    Feb 23, 2016 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Perspectives on Safety

  • A surgical team in an operating room

    Scoring the Surgeon Scorecard

    There is no tradeoff between recognizing the serious methodological problems in the ProPublica Surgeon Scorecard, improving the Scorecard, and encouraging providers to release their own data. All three can and should be done simultaneously.

    Oct 14, 2015 The Health Care Blog

  • Doctors talking with a patient

    Nature and Nurture: What's Behind the Variation in Recent Medical Home Evaluations?

    As demonstrated in Pennsylvania, conveners of medical home pilots are drawing from their early experiences to refine their intervention designs and improve their effectiveness. Such a learning process is likely to be a critical part of successfully implementing any new model of payment and care delivery.

    Jun 19, 2015 Health Affairs Blog

  • doctor reviewing a patient's chart with her on a tablet

    Physicians' Concerns About Electronic Health Records: Implications and Steps Towards Solutions

    If practicing physicians are correct, the current state of EHR technology has introduced several impediments to providing patient care, undermining physician professional satisfaction. Many of these problems also should be of great concern to patients.

    Mar 12, 2014 Health Affairs Blog