Dr. Saunders is Research Director, Payment, and Delivery Reform at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. In this role, he manages the Center’s portfolio for payment and delivery reform initiatives, including bringing together faculty from across the University for developing the strategic vision in this area. He also leads specific projects in digital health technologies, evaluation of new payment policies, and federal physician payment reforms. Prior to joining Duke-Margolis, Dr. Saunders was Senior Advisor to the President of the National Quality Forum, where he directed special projects on topics including data, payment reform, systems engineering, and future of health care quality measurement. He was previously a Senior Program Officer at the Institute of Medicine and managed health care legislative affairs for Representative Rush D. Holt.


Recent Posts by Robert Saunders

Growth Of ACOs And Alternative Payment Models In 2017

Since the first quarter of 2016, 138 new ACOs began operation, and 46 ACOs dropped their accountable care contracts, representing 11 percent growth.

Market Momentum, Spillover Effects, And Evidence-Based Decision Making On Payment Reform

With so many diverse reforms taking place, how is it possible to generate the evidence needed for informed decision making about payment reforms for the future?

Medicare Accountable Care Organization Results For 2015: The Journey To Better Quality And Lower Costs Continues

Based on new CMS results, overall, 31 percent of the MSSP and Pioneer ACOs received shared savings bonuses for their 2015 performance, an increase over the 27 percent that earned a bonus in 2014.

The Roadmap To Physician Payment Reform: What It Will Take for All Clinicians to Succeed under MACRA

How the MACRA legislation is implemented will have a major impact not only on clinician payment but also on further developments in health care organizations, the way that they deliver care, and potentially the cost of care.

Measures That Matter — But To Whom?

The health care and health policy communities are increasingly calling for “measures that matter.” Yet defining the measures that matter is complicated because we often gloss over an important question -- measures that matter to whom?