Erin Audrey Taylor

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Senior 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 senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research addresses a broad range of health care insurance, prescription drug, and care quality issues, including the impact of insurance benefit design on use of opioids and specialty drugs. Taylor is currently co-project director for the CAHPS for ACOs and CAHPS for MIPS Survey project, is the quantitative task lead for the evaluation of the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design model test, and task lead exploring the use of Medicare Advantage encounter data to construct quality measures for the Medicare Star Ratings Program. She is also working on a project assessing the impact of Covered California’s policy creating a cost sharing maximum for Tier 4 specialty drugs in the California Marketplace, and is co-investigator on a large NIH grant evaluating the effects of state policies on opioid prescribing patterns. 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 and analyzed 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. 

Taylor received her Ph.D. in health economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.S.P.H. from the University of North Carolina. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she worked in the Office of Legislation within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.