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Robert Houchens
Robert Houchens, PhD

Senior Director, Statistical Informatics

Dr. Houchens has more than 30 years of experience in statistical analysis, sampling methodology, and statistical programming. He has substantive expertise in the areas of quality of care measurement, healthcare demand forecasting, provider profiling, patient classification, fraud and abuse, and disease management programs. For over a decade, Dr. Houchens served as the Project Director for AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization project (HCUP). He has also served as the lead statistician on two CMS task orders to detect fraud and abuse in state Medicaid programs as well as a contract with the Office of the Inspector General to detect fraud and abuse in the Medicare program.

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Houchens has developed numerous sampling designs, including that for the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, a representative national sample of hospital discharge records, which is distributed by AHRQ to health services researchers throughout the nation.  In addition, he has designed and carried out many complex statistical analyses throughout his career. Dr. Houchens has served as a technical advisor to AHRQ’s composite quality measures workgroup and AHRQ’s risk adjustment workgroup and on a Technical Advisory Committee for an RWJF-funded initiative “High Value Healthcare Though Better Information and Quality Improvement” to develop and test episode-based physician cost measures for 20 common medical conditions, under contract to the American Board of Medical Specialties. 

Education:

Dr. Houchens holds a BS in Mathematics and a PhD in Applied Statistics.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Quality of care measurement
  • Healthcare demand forecasting
  • Provider profiling
  • Patient classification
  • Healthcare fraud and abuse
  • Disease management program effectiveness
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