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 20 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.


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

Selected Work

  • Tolpadi A, Sorbero M, DeYoreo M, Elliott MN, Damberg CL, "Understanding the Social Risk Factor Adjustment’s Effect on Star Ratings," American Journal of Managed Care, 2023 (forthcoming)
  • Branham DK, Finegold K, Chen L, Sorbero M, Euller R, Elliott MN, Sommers BD, "Trends in Missing Race and Ethnicity Information After Imputation in Marketplace Enrollment Data, 2015-2021," JAMA Netw Open, 5(6), 2022
  • 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
  • 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, 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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