Erin Audrey Taylor

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Policy Researcher
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Ph.D. in health economics, University of Pennsylvania; M.S.P.H., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; B.A. in economics, St. Mary's College of Maryland

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Erin Taylor is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research addresses a broad range of health care insurance and quality issues, including coverage of expensive specialty drugs, the impact of benefit design on opioid use and misuse, and assessing health care facility experiences with quality measurement programs. She currently leads a task for the Medicare Star Ratings project to examine the potential uses of Medicare Advantage encounter data in verifying current quality measures and creating new ones. She is also the quantitative task lead for the evaluation of the CMS Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design model test. Taylor was co-PI of a grant from CDC/NIDA to assess the effects of formulary benefit design on use and misuse of opioids in the disabled Medicare population. She was also PI of a grant from RWJF to simulate specialty drug out-of-pocket spending in the ACA Marketplaces. She has conducted qualitative and quantitative research with health care administrators and national claims data. In the course of this work, Taylor has composed interview discussion guides, constructed datasets from claims and encounter data, and analyzed qualitative interview results and quantitative findings. She has also conducted cross-sectional analyses of quality measures using large administrative datasets.

Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Taylor was a health insurance specialist for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She earned her Ph.D in health economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.S.P.H. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.