Laura Blue

Laura Blue

Senior Researcher
Areas of Expertise
  • Program evaluation
  • Clinical quality measurement
  • Demography
Topics
  • Health
  • Disability
  • Population Health
  • Care Delivery Systems
  • Quality Measurement
  • Statistics and Measurement
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 is evaluating the 14 primary care redesign programs, which operate at different levels (that is, physician practices, hospitals, or health systems). The evaluation team is assessing improvements in the coordination, efficiency, and quality of patient care.

  • HCIA Evaluations: Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse

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