Rebecca Laes-Kushner’s work focuses on health insurance and health care payment reform efforts being undertaken in New England states; she is also working on developing a bundled payment methodology for the Massachusetts Medicaid program for pediatric patients with high-risk asthma. She conducts health policy research, writing, and analyses, including analyzing home and community based services for elders. She is experienced in using client-level data, cleaning up complex data sets, writing synopses, and providing technical expertise.
Before coming to UMass Medical School, Ms. Laes-Kushner analyzed of the cost impact of proposed regulation changes to the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) program at the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA). She also created a database to capture and analyze vendor payment data for DTA’s vocational training program and evaluate vendor performance.
Ms. Laes-Kushner has a master’s in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, a master’s in teaching English as a second language from Simmons College, and a bachelor’s in teaching from the University of Maryland.