Benjamin Fischer’s work lies at the intersection of health care data, policy, and human-centered design. He leads the Mathematica Health Unit's human-centered design practice and facilitates direct engagement with patients, beneficiaries, clinicians, policymakers, and other health system stakeholders to drive innovation.
Since joining Mathematica in 2012, Fischer has worked on an array of projects in disability, health analytics, Medicaid, and the development and maintenance of health quality measures. Currently, he leads human-centered design, quality improvement, and stakeholder engagement for Mathematica projects with state Medicaid clients, the National Association of City and County Health Officials, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He previously oversaw the design, development, and implementation of two of the largest federal administrative data sets: (1) the Disability Analysis File (DAF) for the Social Security Administration and (2) the Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System Analytic Files (TAF) for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Fischer also directed the first comprehensive, state-by-state collection of data on enrollment in Medicaid managed care by program and program characteristics.
Fischer is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and served as a reviewer and mentor for the HIMSS20 global conference. He is also a reviewer for the Journal of Disability Policy Studies. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a certificate in design thinking and innovation from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.