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Barbara J. Gage

Managing Director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform

Fellow, Economic Studies

Portrait: Barbara Gage

Dr. Barbara J. Gage is a nationally recognized expert in Medicare post-acute and long-term care payment and quality monitoring policies. She leads the performance measurement work at the Brookings Engelberg Center for Health Reform, including efforts for the Quality Alliance Steering Committee, the Long Term Quality Alliance, and performance measurement in the ACO-related work at Brookings. Dr. Gage has directed numerous national studies for CMS and Congress, including the Development of the Continuity Assessment and Record Evaluation (CARE) a standardized set of assessment items for use in the Medicare program, and numerous CMS efforts to develop quality measures for skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, and long term care hospitals. Dr. Gage also directed the Post Acute Care Payment Reform Demonstration which used the standardized CARE tool to examine patient outcomes and payment incentives associated with the range of acute and PAC services across an episode of care. Additionally, Dr. Gage has lead numerous studies to develop quality of care measures and examine payments and costs for these populations. Dr. Gage has also lead national studies of Medicare’s hospice and DME benefits, ACL’s (formerly AoA) community-based long-term care systems, and numerous studies of episodes of care, including the identification of related services, quality of care and outcomes, and payment impacts. Her work includes both qualitative and quantitative methods, including interviews, surveys, primary data collection and secondary analysis of claims data, primary data from studies, and survey and certification data.

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