Lawren Bercaw is a research public health analyst with RTI’s aging, disability, and long-term care program. Since 2003, she has conducted research in public and social policy issues—specifically eldercare, aging in place, and services and supports for older adults. Dr. Bercaw has experience in quantitative research methods, including content analysis, survey design and analysis, general econometrics, and detailed knowledge of the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) data. Dr. Bercaw’s qualitative research experience includes conducting more than 500 in-person and telephone interviews, leading dozens of focus groups, and coordinating numerous technical expert panels with seniors, families, caregivers, physicians, nursing facility staff, and others who support older adults.
Dr. Bercaw currently serves as a primary data collection task lead for the Evaluation of the Initiative to Reduce Hospitalizations Among Nursing Facility Residents: Phase 2. Overseeing a team of 18 staff members who conduct site visits and telephone interviews for this Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) project, Dr. Bercaw is part of an effort aimed at reducing avoidable hospitalizations, improving health care quality, and reducing costs. Since 2016, Dr. Bercaw also has served as project manager for another CMS initiative, the Implementation Support for the Independence at Home Demonstration. This demonstration offers a financial incentive to primary care teams who are able to reduce Medicare expenditures while providing quality in-home care to eligible Medicare beneficiaries.
Dr. Bercaw joined RTI in 2013. She is a member of the Association for Public Policy and Management, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Society on Aging.