Mark W. Friedberg

Senior Natural Scientist; Director, Boston Office
Boston Office


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 a senior natural scientist at the RAND Corporation and director of its Boston office. His research focuses on measuring and improving the performance of individual clinicians and health care organizations. He is a practicing general internist in primary care, and he is an assistant professor of medicine, part-time, at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Friedberg 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.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluating medical home demonstrations
  • Developing behavioral strategies to improve clinical decision making
  • Identifying factors that influence physician professional satisfaction
  • Predicting the effects of policy changes on localized primary care workforces
  • Describing effects of new payment models on physician practices

Selected Publications

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):562-570, 2016

Hussey PS, Friedberg MW, Anhang Price R, Lovejoy SL, Damberg CL, "Episode-based approaches to measuring health care quality," Medical Care Research and Review, 2016

Friedberg MW, Martsolf GR, White C, Auerbach DI, Kandrack R, Reid RO, Butcher E, Yu H, Hollands S, Nie X, Evaluation of policy options for increasing the availability of primary care services in rural Washington State, RAND (RR-1620), 2016

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, Rosenthal MB, Werner RM, Volpp KG, Schneider EC, "Effects of a medical home and shared savings intervention on quality and utilization of care," JAMA Internal Medicine, 175(8):1362-1368, 2015

Friedberg MW, Chen PG, White C, Jung O, Raaen L, Hirshman S, Hoch E, Stevens C, Ginsburg PB, Casalino LP, Tutty M, Vargo C, Lipinski L, Effects of health care payment models on physician practice in the United States, RAND (RR-869), 2015

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):815-825, 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

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


  • 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