Timothy O’Brien

Research economist

Timothy O'Brien


  • MSc, Economics, London School of Economics
  • BA, Economics, Harvard University
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Timothy O’Brien is an economist in our Health Coverage for Low-Income and Uninsured Populations program. With an academic background in health economics, he provides analysis for several projects for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. His work often focuses on evaluating innovative payment and service delivery models.

Currently, Mr. O’Brien co-leads the assignment team for a program that creates incentives for accountable care organizations to reduce the growth of costs while meeting quality standards. He also works on our evaluation of the Maryland All-Payer Model, a new payment structure being tested for hospitals in Maryland, and on our evaluation of the State Innovations Model Initiative.

Mr. O’Brien joined RTI in 2013. Previously, he was a data analyst at AccessCare, a care management agency for the North Carolina Medicaid program. He has taught economics courses at Northeastern University, Lasell College, and Boston University.