Sara E. Heins

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Associate Policy Researcher
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in health policy and management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; B.A. in biology, Cornell University


Sara E. Heins is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research in health policy focuses on substance abuse, injury, occupational health, and health information technology. Current projects include developing claims-based algorithms to identify Medicare beneficiaries with functional impairments, educating ambulance organizations on use of a RAND-developed cost reporting instrument, and investigating the association of maternal substance use policies with rates of neonatal abstinence. Other recent work includes incorporation of electronic medical record data to improve existing claims-based risk adjustment systems, evaluation of clinical practice guidelines among workers’ compensation patients, and development of prediction models to determine factors associated with missing data in clinical trials. Heins received her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management, with a concentration in health services research. 

Selected Publications

Heins SE, Sorbero MJ, Jones CM, Dick AW, Stein BD, "High-risk Prescribing to Medicaid-Enrollees Receiving Opioid Analgesics: Individual and County Level Factors," Substance Use and Misuse, 53(10), 2018