Laura Blue

Laura Blue

Principal Researcher
  • Program evaluation
  • Clinical quality measurement
  • Demography
Focus Areas
  • Health
  • Delivery System Reforms
  • Disability
  • Statistics and Measurements
  • Population Health
  • Human Services
About Laura

Laura Blue’s research interests are in primary and preventive care, population health, impact evaluation design, and quality-of-care measurement.

Blue currently works on the impact evaluation of Comprehensive Primary Care Plus, a multipayer initiative to transform primary care delivery and payment; and Million Hearts, an initiative to assess and ultimately reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke among Medicare beneficiaries. Blue has previously worked as a task lead to test new quality measures under the contract titled Electronic Clinical Quality Measures and Development for Eligible Professionals. That work involved planning mixed-methods testing, including interviewing clinicians and patients about measurement concepts, and partnering with physician practices to obtain electronic health record data to calculate and assess the statistical properties of draft measures.

Before coming to Mathematica in 2013, Blue worked as a journalist, including four years spent as a staff reporter for TIME Magazine’s international editions. She has a Ph.D. in demography from Princeton University.

Key Projects
  • 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.

  • HCIA Evaluations: Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse

    Mathematica evaluated the impacts of projects implemented by the 10 HCIA awardees focused on mental health and substance abuse services. These awardee demonstrations addressed a wide array of interventions and targeted different subgroups within this broad priority population.