Melony E. Sorbero

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Senior Policy Researcher
Pittsburgh Office

Education

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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Overview

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 and coled a project to assist CMS in the development of their implementation plan for hospital value-based purchasing. She is assessing potential approaches to improve health equity in the CMS Medicare Advantage Star Rating Program with a focus on dual eligibility and disability. She also led projects to identify best practices health plans use to meet the needs of dual eligible 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

  • Analyses related to Medicare Advantage and Part D Star Ratings
  • Interviews and Case Studies of High-Performing and Other MA Health Plans on Types and Costs of Services for Dual Beneficiaries
  • Physician and hospital pay for performance
  • Socioeconomic status and pay for performance

Selected Publications

Sorbero ME, Kranz AM. , "Perspectives on Opportunities and Challenges for Medicare Advantage Plans to Address Social Determinants of Health via the CHRONIC Care Act. ," Inquiry, 56, 2019

Sorbero ME, Kranz AM, Bouskill KE, Ross R, Palimaru AI, Meyer A. , Addressing Social Determinants of Health Needs of Dually Enrolled Beneficiaries in Medicare Advantage Plans: Findings from Interviews and Case Studies., RAND Corporation (RR-2634), 2018

Mulcahy AW, Sorbero ME, Mahmud A, Wilks A, Gildner J, Hornsby A, Pignotti A. , Measuring health care utilization in Medicare Advantage encounter data: methods, estimates, and considerations for research. , RAND Corporation (RR-2681), 2019

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

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

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

Sorbero ME, Paddock SM, Damberg CL, Haas A, Kommareddi M, Tolpadi A, Mathews M, Elliott MN. , "Adjusting Medicare Advantage Star Ratings for Socioeconomic Status and Disability.," Am J Manag Care, 24(9), 2018

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