Justin W. Timbie

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Senior Health Policy Researcher
Washington Office


Ph.D. in health policy, Harvard University; B.A. in Biology, Spanish, University of Pennsylvania


Justin Timbie is a senior health policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. His research focuses on evaluations of health care payment and delivery innovations, methods for measuring the performance of health care providers, and health policy issues involving safety net settings—particularly federally qualified health centers. Timbie has led evaluations of delivery system models such as patient-centered medical home initiatives, global payment programs, health information technology pilots, and distributed research networks. He provides technical assistance on policy analysis for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, including assessments of the impact of the Affordable Care Act on Public Health Service programs, changes in Medicaid payment policy, and primary care redesign in the Indian Health Service. With funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Timbie is examining high performing safety net health systems, the role of Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in promoting clinical integration between medical and social service sectors, the impact of health system affiliation on safety net hospitals, and the unintended consequences of consolidation on safety net hospitals and practices. Timbie's work in quality measurement has included assessments of the quality of care and disparities within health systems and the development of new methods to benchmark the performance of health care providers and plans; methods to adjust performance estimates to account for patients' socioeconomic status.  Timbie received his doctoral degree in health policy from Harvard University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Veterans Affairs Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of the Federally Qualified Health Center Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration
  • Assessing Design Options for the Medicare Advantage Quality-Based Payment Program
  • Examining the Implementation of the Medicaid Primary Care Payment Increase
  • Examining Strategies Used by Safety Net Providers to Improve Performance through Enhanced Care Integration within Local Delivery Systems

Honors & Awards

  • Robert Brook Scholar, RAND
  • Student Paper Award, Health Policy Statistics Section, American Statistical Association