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Gregory C. Pope

Director, Health Care Financing and Payment Program

Gregory C. Pope has more than 25 years of experience in health economics and health policy research. His specialties include management of large-scale projects, Medicare policy analysis, risk adjustment, provider payment design and incentives, program evaluation, statistical and quantitative analysis, and quality-of-care indicators. He has led the development of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Hierarchical Condition Category risk adjustment models for managed care organization capitation payment. He has directed the evaluation of Medicare's Preferred Provider Organization and Physician Group Practice demonstrations and is co-developer of the Geographic Practice Cost Index used in Medicare physician payment. Mr. Pope has published more than 35 articles in leading health economics and health policy journals and has made numerous presentations at major health services research professional conferences. Mr. Pope is also currently leading RTI’s design and implementation contract with CMS for the Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) programs.


MS, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; AB, Economics, University of Chicago.

Latest Publications

Kautter, J., & Pope, G.C. (2014). Competitive bidding for Medicare Part B clinical laboratory services. Int J Health Care Finance Econ , 14 (2):95-108.
Kautter, J., Ingber, M., Pope, G.C., & Freeman, S. (2012). Improvements in Medicare Part D risk adjustment: Beneficiary access and payment accuracy. Medical Care, 50 (12):1102-1108.
Pope, G.C., & Kautter, J. (2012). Minimum savings requirements in shared savings provider payment. Health Economics, 21 (11):1336-1347.
Kandilov, A.M.G., Pope, G.C., Kautter, J., & Healy, D. (2012). The national market for Medicare clinical laboratory testing: Implications for payment reform. Medicare & Medicaid Research Review , 2 (2):E1-E21.
Cromwell, J., Trisolini, M.G., Pope, G.C., Mitchell, J.B. & Greenwald, L.M. (Eds.) (2011). Pay for performance in health care: Methods and approaches: RTI Press Publication No. BK-0002-1103. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.
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