Rachel O. Reid

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Physician Policy Researcher
Boston Office


M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; M.S. in clinical research, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; A.B. in biochemical sciences, Harvard University


Rachel Reid is a physician policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Also a practicing general internist, her research focuses on measuring cost, quality, and value in health care. She has particular interest in the primary care delivery system, public reporting efforts, and delivery and payment system reform. Reid has been engaged in the RAND Center of Excellence on Health System Performance and led work related to assessing low-value health care delivery as well as measuring primary care spending as a proportion of total health care spending as a marker of health system primary care investment. She is the principal investigator on an NIH-funded grant assessing novel Medicare billing codes for transitional care provided after hospital discharge. She is task lead for the Medicare Medicaid Plan task of the Medicare Advantage Star Ratings project, and has led or co-led several other tasks, analyses, and projects. She is experienced with analyses of Medicare fee-for-service claims data, Medicare Advantage Encounter Data, as well as commercial claims data. Prior to joining RAND, Reid worked in the Research and Rapid Cycle Evaluation Group at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Innovation Center. Her clinical work has included ambulatory primary care and hospital-based internal medicine. She is an associate physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. Reid received her A.B. in biochemical sciences from Harvard University and her M.D. and M.S. in clinical research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Associate Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Selected Publications

Rachel O. Reid, Partha Deb, Benjamin L. Howell, William H. Shrank, "Association between Medicare Advantage Plan Star Ratings and Enrollment.," JAMA, 309(3), 2013

Rachel O. Reid, Partha Deb, Benjamin L. Howell, Patrick H. Conway, William H. Shrank, "The Roles of Cost and Quality Information in Medicare Advantage Plan Enrollment Decisions: an Observational Study," Journal of General Internal Medicine, 31(2), 2016

Rachel O. Reid, J. Scott Ashwood, Mark W. Friedberg, Ellerie S. Weber, Claude M. Setodji, Ateev Mehrotra, "Retail Clinic Visits and Receipt of Primary Care.," Journal of General Internal Medicine, 28(4), 2013

Ateev Mehrotra, Rachel O. Reid, John L. Adams, Mark W. Friedberg, Elizabeth A. McGlynn, Peter S. Hussey, "Physicians with the Least Experience Have Higher Cost Profiles than do Physicians with the Most Experience.," Health Affairs, 31(11), 2012

Rachel O. Reid, Mark W. Friedberg, John L. Adams, Elizabeth A. McGlynn, Ateev Mehrotra, "Associations between Physician Characteristics and Quality of Care.," Archives of Internal Medicine, 170(16), 2010

Rachel O. Reid, Brendan Rabideau, Neeraj Sood, "Low-Value Health Care Services in a Commercially Insured Population," JAMA Internal Medicine, 176(10), 2016

Rachel O. Reid, Cheryl L. Damberg, Mark W. Friedberg, "Primary Care Spending in the Fee-for-Service Medicare Population," JAMA INternal Medicine, 179(7), 2019

Rachel O. Reid, Mallika Kommareddi, Susan M .Paddock, Cheryl L. Damberg, "Does removing financial incentives lead to declines in performance? A controlled interrupted time series analysis of Medicare Advantage Star Ratings programme performance," BMJ Quality and Safety, 2020