Meet a PennMedicine Researcher
Rachel M. Werner, MD, PhD
Rachel M. Werner, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Health Care Management, is the winner of the 2014 Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Award. This award is granted to a member of the Perelman School of Medicine faculty for a body of work with an emphasis on health services research.
Dr. Werner is one of the few physician scientists in the nation who is trained as an economist. Her research focuses on the use of quality measurement and incentives, such as public reporting and pay-for-performance, to improve health care quality. Her research has informed national health care policy surrounding the planning, implementation, and use of these measures and incentives in health care. Because of her research, public reporting and pay-for–performance programs now undergo more rigorous evaluation and are more evidence based. Dr. Werner routinely advises high-level officials in the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the ongoing implementation related to payment reform under the Affordable Care Act. Few investigators, at any career stage, can lay claim to such a profound and immediate impact on health policy.