Eugene Rich, M.D.

Senior Fellow
Center on Health Care Effectiveness Mathematica Policy Research

Fellowship Profile

Fellowship Year: 2006-2007
Fellowship Placement: House Committee on Ways and Means (Majority)
Sponsoring Institution: Creighton University Medical Center
Disciplines / Professions: Health Services Research, Internal Medicine


Eugene Rich, M.D., is an expert on sources of practice variation in medical care with a focus on the influence of the policy, payment, and practice environments on health professionals’ decision making. As a practicing general internist, he also has a longstanding interest in improving the delivery of primary care and the policies needed to accomplish this. In addition to his expertise in health services and health policy research, he has deep experience with clinical practice leadership, including roles as medical director, clinical program leader, and medicine department chair. Thus, he has a strong practical understanding of the diverse range of provider organizations—their structure, financing, governance, and motivations—and how they vary across urban, suburban, and rural communities.

Since joining Mathematica in 2010, Rich has led a number of projects, including project director for AHRQ’s Coordinating Center for Comparative Health System Performance which supported efforts to enumerate and describe U.S. health systems. For the Alternative Payment Model Program Analysis Contract with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation he leads the review and analysis of Physician-Focused Payment Model proposals and other alternative payment models. He is senior advisor and provides quality assurance oversight on a number of other current projects for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and foundations, including the Value Based Care Learning System contract. For Mathematica’s evaluations of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus and the Primary Care First models, he oversees development of claims-based measures of practices and their performance.

He is author of more than 160 peer-reviewed publications. Past recognition includes co-authorship on the 2001 AcademyHealth Article of the Year, Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship working on physician payment reform with the House Committee on Ways and Means, and past president of the Society of General Internal Medicine. He holds an M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.