Senior Research Director
Julia A. Doherty, M.H.S.A., is a Senior Research Director at L&M. Ms. Doherty has over 30 years of experience in health care management, policy, and research, and focuses on qualitative research in health care delivery and payment innovation.
She has held executive posts in a health maintenance organization, major academic hospital, community health center, and management consulting firm prior to joining L&M.
Ms. Doherty joined L&M in 2009 and has since led multiple qualitative and quantitative research efforts conducting program assessments, data and program analysis, and model evaluation. She has facilitated national and state stakeholder meetings and managing national expert panels on at the federal and state level. Ms. Doherty has conducted thousands of key informant interviews and case studies nationwide with providers, payers, state agencies, regional office staff, patient advocates, beneficiaries, suppliers, manufacturers, researchers, and other health care stakeholders and experts.
Her work has focused on investigating the impact of efforts to better integrate service delivery, improve access and align payment models to engage providers across silos and settings and improve patient experience of vulnerable populations while at the same time improving quality and reducing expenditures. As part of this work, she has conducted evaluations of accountable care organizations, integrated care delivery models, care management and practice transformation efforts and other value-based purchasing initiatives across multiple settings. She currently manages projects for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) examining various aspects of quality, reimbursement, access, efficiency and transformation in public and private sector care delivery systems.
Ms. Doherty leads the primary data collection and analysis for the evaluation of CMS’s Home Health Value-Based Purchasing initiative where L&M is a subcontractor to Arbor Research. She leads the L&M team’s quantitative and qualitative work with the CMS Office of Minority Health’s Health Equity Incubator developing options for addressing disparities in post-acute care delivery. For the same office under a separate contract, she supports the work of L&M’s team building a business case to advance health equity. Ms. Doherty is senior staff on the Pediatric Quality Measures Program Learning Collaborative (PQMP-LC), supporting AHRQ-funded grantees implementing pediatric quality measures and developing toolkits and other resources to assist states, managed care plans and providers implement quality measures.
Prior to joining L&M, she worked as a consultant with the state of Vermont’s Department of Public Health, and its Health Care Reform Commission on several projects involving medical homes and accountable care organizations. Earlier projects included working with the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (on hospital charges and pharmacy costs), The Indian Health Service, and other non-profit health care providers and associations in United States and Germany. Ms. Doherty has published in multiple peer-reviewed national and international journals.
Ms. Doherty holds a Master of Health Services Administration from The George Washington University’s School of Government and Business Administrations, a B.S.W. with a concentration in social policy and planning and speaks fluent Spanish and German.