Jessica Heeringa

Jessica Heeringa

Principal Researcher
  • Qualitative research
  • Rapid cycle evaluation
  • Mixed methods evaluation
  • Medicaid section 1115 demonstrations
  • Medicaid alternative payment models
  • Safety net providers
  • Uncompensated care
  • Hospital supplemental payments
  • Dissemination and implementation of evidence
Focus Areas
  • Health
  • Delivery System Reforms
  • Medicaid and CHIP
About Jessica

Jessica Heeringa focuses on Medicaid policy and the health care delivery system for low-income populations. She is an expert in Medicaid payment and delivery system reform.

Heeringa currently leads a multistate, mixed methods evaluation of Medicaid section 1115 delivery system reform incentive payment demonstrations on behalf of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). She also advises CMS on evaluation requirements for section 1115 uncompensated care pool demonstrations. Heeringa was previously a co-deputy director of the Coordinating Center for Comparative Health System Performance on behalf of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She has also held leadership positions on evaluation projects for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation and coauthored a dissemination and implementation toolkit to support the use of patient-centered outcomes research in practice for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Heeringa's work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including eGEMs, American Journal of Managed Care, and Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She holds an MPH in health management and policy from the University of Michigan.

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),...

  • Partnership for Patients

    Mathematica conducted a formative evaluation and an impacts evaluation of this initiative. The formative evaluation included assessing and providing feedback on the progress of hospital engagement networks and their participating hospitals, and on the campaign overall, and suggesting ways to improve....