Mary Laschober

Mary Laschober

Senior Researcher
Areas of Expertise
  • Medicare policy
  • Health resource use, cost, and quality indicators for Medicare beneficiaries
  • Physician quality measures
Topics
  • Health
  • Quality Measurement
  • Care Delivery Systems
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid and CHIP
About Mary

Throughout her career, Mary Laschober has studied the Medicare population, particularly low-income beneficiaries and the quality and cost performance of providers who treat them.

Laschober’s recent work on health resource use, cost, and quality indicators includes directing a four-year project to understand analytic and policy issues related to measuring and reporting physician-driven costs of care, in relation to quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries. Laschober also helped expand physician quality measures for the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative, leading work to devise program validation strategies and provide real-time program monitoring. She employed Medicare claims data to lead the construction of historical process, outcomes, and utilization performance indicators for a Medicare performance monitoring system and directed tasks to evaluate hospital quality, including analysis of hospital survey data and consumer testing of potential new Hospital Compare quality measures.

Laschober also has considerable experience with the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), dating back nearly to the start of the survey. As senior study director at Westat, she was involved in the development of charge and payment imputation methods, used MCBS data to conduct health policy analyses, and designed and produced the first MCBS data compendia materials. Her prior experience as senior manager at BearingPoint involved directing projects to identify information needs and communication strategies for reaching Medicare beneficiaries, Medicaid- and CHIP-eligible individuals, and dually eligible Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries.

Laschober publishes in peer-reviewed journals such as Health Affairs and presents at professional conferences that include AcademyHealth and the American Public Health Association. She has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Key Projects
  • health-computer
    Developing Resource Use Reports for Medicare Fee-for-Service Claims

    Mathematica assisted the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with designing a system to implement physician value-based purchasing for Medicare beneficiaries, which includes development and distribution of confidential physician feedback reports that inform physicians of their performance on quality...