Preethi Rao

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Associate Policy Researcher
Washington Office


Ph.D. in health economics, University of Pennsylvania


Preethi Rao is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research focus is on topics related to health policy and health economics. In particular, she is interested in provider payment and reimbursement issues in Medicaid and Medicare, policy issues related to the Affordable Care Act, and questions related to insurance coverage of pharmaceuticals, access to health care, and quality measurement in health care. She is currently using simulation modeling to assess the effects of possible changes to insurer payments under the Affordable Care Act and the introduction of new payment models in Medicaid. She also has ongoing work on evaluation and implementation of quality measurement programs, and analyses of prescription drug usage in Medicare. Her federally-funded dissertation research focused on hospital response to changes in Medicaid reimbursement rates and incentives. She earned her Ph.D. in health economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.