Eugene Rich

Eugene Rich

Senior Fellow
Expertise
  • Practice variation in medical care
  • Influences on health professionals’ decision making
  • Organization and financing of medical practice
  • Clinician payment reform and primary health care
  • Comparative effectiveness research policy
  • Alternative payment models
  • Primary health care
Focus Areas
  • Health
  • Delivery System Reforms
  • Population Health
About Eugene

Eugene Rich is an expert on sources of practice variation in medical care with a focus on the influence of the policy, payment, and practice environments on health professionals’ decision making. As a practicing general internist, he also has a longstanding interest in improving the delivery of primary care and the policies needed to accomplish this.

In addition to his expertise in health services and health policy research, he has deep experience with clinical practice leadership, including roles as medical director, clinical program leader, and medicine department chair. Thus, he has a strong practical understanding of the diverse range of provider organizations—their structure, financing, governance, and motivations—and how they vary across urban, suburban, and rural communities.

Since joining Mathematica in 2010, Rich has led a number of projects, including as project director for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Coordinating Center for Comparative Health System Performance, which supported efforts to enumerate and describe U.S. health systems. For the Alternative Payment Model Program Analysis Contract with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, he leads the review and analysis of Physician-Focused Payment Model proposals and other alternative payment models. He is senior advisor and provides quality assurance oversight on a number of other current projects for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and foundations, including the Value-Based Care Learning System contract. For Mathematica’s evaluations of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus and Primary Care First models, he oversees development of claims-based measures of practices and their performance.

Rich is author of more than 160 peer-reviewed publications. Through his work and publications, he expresses his passion for identifying policies and practice settings that help clinicians provide more patient-centered and evidence-based care. Past recognition includes co-authorship on the 2001 AcademyHealth Article of the Year, a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship working on physician payment reform with the House Committee on Ways and Means, and past presidency of the Society of General Internal Medicine. He holds an M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.

Key Projects
  • Coordinating Center for Comparative Health System Performance

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality created the Comparative Health System Performance Initiative to study how health care delivery systems promote evidence-based practices in delivering care and to understand the connections between the dissemination of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR),...

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    Developing Resource Use Reports for Medicare Fee-for-Service Claims

    Mathematica assisted the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with designing a system to implement physician value-based purchasing for Medicare beneficiaries, which includes development and distribution of confidential physician feedback reports that inform physicians of their performance on quality...

  • HCIA Evaluations: Primary Care Redesign

    Mathematica evaluated the 14 primary care redesign programs, which operate at different levels (that is, physician practices, hospitals, or health systems). The evaluation team assessed improvements in the coordination, efficiency, and quality of patient care.

Latest News
  • Measuring What Matters in Primary Care

    Mathematica senior fellows Eugene Rich and Ann O’Malley explore key questions about how to measure excellence in primary health care in a new blog post published by Health Affairs, a leading journal of health policy thought and research.

  • Gene Rich Talks About Big Data and Medicine on the Diane Rehm Show

    Doctors and their patients often don’t have the information they need on the relative effectiveness of different treatments. Clinical trials provide invaluable data but can’t and don’t cover the myriad of individual circumstances in the real world of patients. As part of the Affordable Care Act, a number...

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