Emily Gillen

Research economist

Emily Gillen


  • PhD, Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MA, Applied Economics, Johns Hopkins University
  • BA, Economics, Washington University in St. Louis

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Emily Gillen is an expert in health insurance and alternative payment models (APMs) with advanced training in econometric methodologies and analyses of large datasets. She combines an academic background in economics and public health with work experience in health insurance and public policy to provide insights that contribute to innovation and transformation in the health care delivery system.

Among Dr. Gillen’s current projects is implementation of the APM track of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation’s (CMMI) Quality Payment Program, under which she leads the All-Payer Option Task. She is also contributing to our efforts to evaluate the Financial Alignment Initiative, a CMMI demonstration to integrate Medicare and Medicaid coverage for medical, behavioral health, and long-term care services for dual eligible individuals.

Dr. Gillen joined RTI in 2016. Previously, she was a clinical informatics analyst at Blue Cross Blue Shield and a research assistant at the RAND Corporation. She is a Federally Certified Marketplace Navigator.