Megan Mathews

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Statistical Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.A. in applied statistics, Pennsylvania State University; B.S. in statistics, Pennsylvania State University


Megan Mathews is a statistical analyst at the RAND Corporation. She has provided analytic input on health research projects related to pay-for-performance, quality of care, and patient satisfaction. She uses statistical techniques such as propensity scoring and matching, multi-level, mixed, and survival modeling methods, to draw inferences process-outcome links. She utilizes survey methodology to design and implement sampling procedures as well as analysis of complex data through analytic techniques such as sampling weights, case-mix adjustment, non-response, and response rate analyses. She leads large scale sampling and national scoring tasks and interprets quantitative results to comply findings in a meaningful way for dissemination.

Prior to her work at RAND, she was employed as a data research analyst in the workers' compensation insurance industry where she contributed through predictive analytics used for claims handling improvements as well as other network and operational program evaluations. She also worked at the Office of Immigration Statistics in the Department of Homeland Security evaluating the flow of nonimmigrant admissions. She was a graduate fellow at the National Institutes of Health working for the National Institute of Child Health and Development on methods of adjusted comparison of medians for interval type outcomes. She received her Master of applied statistics from Pennsylvania State University.

Recent Projects

  • Preparation for National Implementation of the Emergency Department Patient Experience of Care Discharged to Community Survey
  • Health Equity Innovation Incubator
  • Analysis Related to Medicare Advantage and Part D Contract Star Ratings
  • Evaluation of the From Coverage to Care Initiative
  • Robust Statistical Methods to Identify Surrogate Markers in Diabetes

Selected Publications

Troendle JF, Zhang Z, Mathews ME, Guo J, "Methods of Adjusted Comparison of Medians," Biometrical Journal, 54(4), 2012

Martino, SC., Mathews M, Agniel D, Orr N, Wilson-Frederick S, Ng JH, A. Ormson E, and Elliott MN, "National racial/ethnic and geographic disparities in experiences with health care among adult Medicaid beneficiaries," Health Services Research, 54(1), 2019

Parast L, Mathews M, Tolpadi A, Elliott M, Flow-Delwiche E, and Becker K, "National Testing of the Emergency Department Patient Experience of Care (EDPEC) Discharged to Community (DTC) Survey and Implications for Adjustment in Scoring," Medical Care, 57(1), 2019

Mathews ME, Agniel D, Elliott ME, Martino S, Guerino P, Orr N, Ng JH, Beckett MK, "Data Highlight: Toward the Creation of a Patient-Reported Disability Index," Office of Minority Health, CMS, 2018

Haviland AM, Damberg CL, Mathews M, Paddock SM, and Elliott MN, "Shifting From Passive Quality Reporting to Active Nudging to Influence Consumer Choice of Health Plan," Medical Care Research and Review, 2018

Sorbero ME, Paddock SM, Damberg CL, Haas A, Kommareddi M, Tolpadi A, Mathews M, and Elliott MN, "Adjusting Medicare Advantage star ratings for socioeconomic status and disability," The american journal of managed care, 24(9), 2018

Weinick RM, Becker K, Parast L, Stucky BD, Elliott MN, Mathews M, Chan C, and Kotzias V, "Emergency department patient experience of care survey: development and field test," Rand Health Quarterly, 54(4), 2014