Preethi Rao

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Policy Researcher
Washington Office


Ph.D. in health economics, University of Pennsylvania


Preethi Rao is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on topics related to health policy and health economics. In particular, she is interested in provider payment and reimbursement issues in Medicaid and Medicare (including price transparency), policy issues related to the Affordable Care Act, insurance coverage of pharmaceuticals, access to health care, and quality measurement in health care. She has used simulation modeling to assess the effects of changes to the Affordable Care Act and the introduction of new payment models in Medicaid. She also led work to understand barriers to price and quality transparency. She has experience with evaluation and implementation of quality measurement programs through work on the CAHPS for MIPS survey and work to develop a Star Ratings program for Medicare-Medicaid Plans. She has worked on analyses of prescription drug usage using the Medicare encounter data and Part D event data. She is also currently working on an evaluation of over-the-counter usage of emergency contraception. Rao earned her Ph.D. in health economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.