Justin W. Timbie

justin timbie
Senior Health Policy Researcher
Washington Office


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


Justin Timbie is a senior health policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. His interests include the evaluation of health care payment and delivery innovations, methods for measuring the performance of health care providers, and health policy issues involving safety net settings such as federally qualified health centers. Timbie has led evaluations of delivery system innovations such as patient-centered medical home initiatives, 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 and the impact of Medicaid payment policies. In related work with funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, he is examining high performing safety net health systems and the role of Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations in promoting structural change within federally qualified health centers. Timbie's work in quality measurement has included 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; and methods to measure the efficiency of health care providers. 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