Melony E. Sorbero

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Senior Policy Researcher
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in health services research and policy, and M.P.H., University of Rochester School of Medicine; M.S. in public policy analysis, University of Rochester

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Melony Sorbero is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. A health services researcher with a background in public policy analysis and public health, Sorbero has extensive experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods and over 15 years of experience conducting evaluations. Her work has been funded by the NCI, ASPE, CMS, AHRQ, NQF, HRSA, VHA, TMA, the Army Medical Department, the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, and RWJF. She has studied quality of care and patient safety, disparities in quality of care and outcomes, the comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions, performance measurement, value-based purchasing and quality improvement efforts in a variety of populations, including Medicare beneficiaries, commercially insured individuals, injured workers, active duty military personnel, and veterans. Sorbero has led multiple environmental scans on value-based purchasing, co-led a project to assist CMS in the development of their implementation plan for hospital value-based purchasing, and is assessing potential approaches to adjust for social risk factors, including dual eligibility and disability, in the CMS Medicare Advantage Star Rating Program. She is also leading projects to identify best practices health plans use to meet the needs of dual eligibile and other high need Medicare beneficiaries. Sorbero received her Ph.D. in health services research and policy from the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

Recent Projects

  • Socioeconomic and racial differences in breast cancer treatment
  • Physician and hospital pay for performance
  • Socioeconomic status and pay for performance

Selected Publications

Griggs JJ, Liu Y, Sorbero ME, Jagielski CH, Maly RC., "Adjuvant chemotherapy dosing in low-income women: the impact of Hispanic ethnicity and patient self-efficacy.," Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 144(3), 2014

Sorbero ME, Saul MI, Liu H, Resnick NM., "Are Geriatricians More Efficient Than Other Physicians at Managing Inpatient Care for Elderly Patients?" Journal of American Geriatric Society, 60(5), 2012

Mehrotra A, Sorbero ME, Damberg CL, "Supercharging P4P: Using the Lessons of Behavioral Economics to Design More Effective Pay-for-Performance Programs," American Journal of Managed Care, 16(7), 2010

Griggs JJ et al., "Effect of Patient Socioeconomic Status and Body Mass Index on the Quality of Breast Cancer Adjuvant Chemotherapy," Journal of Clinical Oncology, 25(3), 2007

Khodyakov D, Ridgely MS, Huang C, DeBartolo KO, Sorbero ME, Schneider EC., "Project JOINTS: what factors affect bundle adoption in a voluntary quality improvement campaign?" BMJ Quality & Safety, 24(1), 2015

Sorbero ME, Ahluwalia S, Reynolds KA, Lovejoy SL, Farris C, Sloan J, Miles J, Vaughan C, Kandrack R, Apaydin E, Colaiaco B, Herman PM, Meditation for Depression: A Systematic Review of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Major Depressive Disorder, RAND Corporation (RR-1138), 2015

Damberg CL, Sorbero ME, Lovejoy S, Martsolf GR, Raaen L, Mandel D, Measuring Success in Health Care Value-Based Purchasing Programs: Summary and Recommendations, RAND Corporation (RR-306/1), 2014

Hosek SD, Sorbero ME, Martsolf GR, Kandrack R, Introducing value-based purchasing into TRICARE reform, RAND Corporation (PE-195-RC), 2016