Anagha Alka Tolpadi

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Statistical Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in biostatistics, University of Michigan; B.A. in statistical science, Cornell University


Anagha Tolpadi is a statistical analyst at the RAND Corporation. She conducts statistical analyses to address research questions in a variety of health policy areas, such as pay-for-performance, quality of care, and patient satisfaction. She has experience with a variety of statistical methods such as survey data analysis, survival analysis, regression, mixed and longitudinal modeling, and imputation of missing data. She applies survey methodology to implement sampling processes and to analyze complex data using analytic techniques, such as sampling weights, case-mix adjustment, and response rate analyses. She leads sampling and other analytic tasks, and she interprets quantitative results and compiles findings in a meaningful way for dissemination.

Tolpadi is proficient in many statistical softwares, such as SAS, R, Stata, and IVEware. She received her M.S. in biostatistics from the University of Michigan and her B.A. in statistical science from Cornell University. 

Recent Projects

  • Analysis Related to Medicare Advantage and Part D Contract Star Ratings
  • Evaluation of the Medicare Care Choices Model
  • National Implementation of the Hospice Patient Experience of Care Survey
  • National Impact Assessment of Impact on CMS Quality and Efficiency Measures
  • Preparation for National Implementation of the Emergency Department Patient Experience of Care Survey

Selected Publications

Price, R. A., Tolpadi, A., Schlang, D., Bradley, M. A., Parast, L., Teno, J. M., & Elliott, M. N., "Characteristics of Hospices Providing High Quality Care," Journal of Palliative Medicine., 23(12), 2020

Shetty, K., Tolpadi, A., Robbins, M., Taylor, E., Campbell, K., & Damberg, C., "Nursing Home Responses to Performance-based Accountability: Results of a National Survey," Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 68(9), 2020

Mathews, M., Parast, L., Tolpadi, A., Elliott, M. N., Flow-Delwiche, E., & Becker, K., "Methods for Improving Response Rates in an Emergency Department Setting - A Randomized Feasibility Study," Survey Practice, 12(1), 2019

Parast, L., Mathews, M., Tolpadi, A., Elliott, M. N., Flow-Delwiche, E., & Becker, K., "National Testing of the Emergency Department Patient Experience of Care (EDPEC) Discharged to Community (DTC) Survey and Implications for Adjustment in Scoring," Medical Care, 57(1), 2019

Parast, L., Haas, A., Tolpadi, A., Elliott, M. N., Teno, J., Zaslavsky, A. M. & Price, R. A., "Effects of Caregiver and Decedent Characteristics on CAHPS Hospice Survey Scores," Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 56(4), 2018

Sorbero, M. E., Paddock, S. M., Damberg, C. L., Haas, A., Kommareddi, M., Tolpadi, A., Mathews, M., & Elliott, M. N., "Adjusting Medicare Advantage Star Ratings for Socioeconomic Status and Disability," The American Journal of Managed Care, 24(9), 2018

Osilla, K. C., Pedersen, E. R., Tolpadi, A., Howard, S. S., Phillips, J. L., & Gore, K. L., "The Feasibility of a Web Intervention for Military and Veteran Spouses Concerned About Their Partner’s Alcohol Misuse," The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 45(1), 2018

Sapir, E., Tolpadi, A., McHugh, J., Samuels, S. E., Elalfy, E., Spector, M., Shuman, A. G., Malloy, K. M., Prince, M. E., Bradford, C. R., Worden, F. P., Schipper, M., & Eisbruch, A., "Skin cancer of the head and neck with gross or microscopic perineural involvement: Patterns of failure,," Radiotherapy and Oncology, 120(1), 2016