Robert Stone Newsom, MS, PhD
Senior Scientist, Permanent Principal Investigator

Dr. Newsom is a Sr. Scientist and Permanent Principal Investigator at the Center for Health Systems Research & Analyses. He is a cognitive psychologist by training and a specialist in measurement, evaluation and human / system learning. With 30+ years’ health services research experience, Dr. Newsom is an authority on using very large administrative datasets to create relevant information and econometrics that assists public organizations in creating healthcare policy based on quality and value.

Before moving to the private sector in 1979, Dr. Newsom was on the UW-Madison faculty teaching in the Dept. of Educational Psychology, UW-Extension and doing research as Director of Research for the Computer-Based Exam. Project (CBX) with Nat. Board of Med. Examiners & American Board of Internal Med. In the private sector, Dr. Newsom was President of HN Group from 1979 to 1987 (a private investment trust) and from 1988 to 2000 was President and founder of Evaluation Technologies, Inc. These companies created database driven software systems to measure and evaluate complex human and system performance including decision support systems for testing of physician competence, teaching of engineering competence, financial portfolio investment, professional athletic team performance, HMO financial and practice management & AODA treatment evaluation. Prior to re-joining the University in 1998, Dr. Newsom’s company developed the data, information and reporting systems at the Employer Health Care Alliance cooperative.

Dr. Newsom returned to UW-Madison in 1998 as a Sr. Scientist at the Dept. of Population Health Sciences. Through 2005, he was with the Wisconsin Public Health / Health Policy Institute and served as Principal Investigator (PI) for the State Forums Partnership Program and the Performance Objectives Evaluation and Measurement projects; as Project Manager for the Diabetes Quality Improvement project; and as Projects Director for the Collaborative Population Health Data Library and the ValuMetrics project.

Dr. Newsom joined CHSRA in the fall of 2005 as a PI for the CMS sponsored Better Quality Information for Medicare Beneficiaries grant and was engaged in a 3 year consulting arrangement with Wisconsin Physician Services, a health insurance company. Currently Dr. Newsom’s serves as the Principal Investigator and Co-PI on contracts that are focused on the measurement and evaluation of health outcomes, health care performance, and purchasing health care value.

Curriculum Vitae - Robert Stone Newsom

Publications, Presentations & Copyrighted Materials, 2000 to present
(also see recent publication listings under WI-DHCAA)

Research & Publications as part of State of Wisconsin Medicaid Rate Reform Project:

  • Newsom, Kilburn. "Finding Value & Cost savings by Reducing Payment Variation" A White Paper". Sept, 2013.
  • Newsom, RS "Using Administrative Data to Inform Payment Policy", Presentation to National Assoc. of Health Data Organizations, 7/23/09

Center for Health Systems Research & Analysis (CHSRA) publications: Long Term Care

  • Newsom, Richgels, Antonova, Rudolph, Zimmerman (2006) "What’s the Problem: A Descriptive and Content Analysis of Corporate LTC Hotline Complaints", CHSRA Technical Paper, Univ. Wisconsin-Madison, February, 2007
  • Newsom, Richgels, Rudolph, Zimmerman (2006) "How is Your Stay: A Descriptive, Psychometric and Content Analysis of LTC Satisfaction Instruments", CHSRA Technical Paper, Univ. Wisconsin-Madison, July 2006.

Better Quality Information for Medicare Beneficiaries publications (proprietary to Center for Medicaid & Medicare Services)

  • Newsom & Kilburn, "Medicare FFS claims data structures", June, 2007
  • Newsom & Kilburn, "Linking Medicare claims data (TINs & UPin(s))", Sept. 2007
  • Newsom, "Attributing patients, physicians & groups in the Medicare claims data", Oct. 2007
  • Newsom, "Wisconsin statewide population description / comparison based on Medicare data", July, 2007
  • Newsom, "Interpreting HEDIS scores" Feb. 2008
  • Newsom, "Wisconsin Medicare FFS Claims Data: By the Numbers", Jan. 2008 (a white paper)
  • Newsom, Wisconsin "BQI validation efforts", March. 2008
  • Newsom, "Wisconsin Medicare FFS Claims Data: Sufficiency and Context", May 2008, (a white paper)
  • Newsom, "Medicare FFS Data - from 15,000 Ft.", (April, 2008 a synthesis of BQI findings and next steps)

WPS publications (proprietary to Wisconsin Physician Services, Inc.)

  • Newsom, “Thoughts on the health insurance business of the 21st century – Challenges and Opportunities”, ©Copyright 2005 Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation
  • Newsom, “Functional Evaluation of the CaseAlert  &  Physician Profiler Software Systems” , ©Copyright 2006 Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation
  • Newsom, “Use of CaseAlert software for determining disease Incidence / Prevalence”, ©Copyright 2006 Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation
  • Newsom, “Function & Use of Groupers in Predictive Modeling”, ©Copyright 2006 Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation
  • Newsom, “Employer Health Benefits: Finding Value & Controlling Costs (an Employer Manual) ”, ©Copyright 2006 Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation
  • Newsom, “Preliminary results of DM-ROI published literature review”, ©Copyright 2007 Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation
  • Newsom, “Attending / Servicing Provider Identification In the Claims Data Systems”, ©Copyright 2007 Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation
  • Newsom, “Computation of DM-ROI by competing companies within our market”, ©Copyright 2007 Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation
  • Newsom, “Literature review of cost effectiveness of disease management of three diseases states”, ©Copyright 2007 Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation
  • Newsom, “Spreadsheet model for predicting resource utilization, pricing and ROI based on disease states and plan group characteristics”, ©Copyright 2008 Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation
  • Newsom, “The Goldstar program - non-financial incentive program for rewarding groups rather than individual contracted health care providers who can be identified as meeting or exceeding an increasingly stringent (tiered) set of criteria”, ©Copyright 2008 Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation
  • Newsom, “The Integrated Care Management Scorecard (ICMS) system”, ©Copyright 2008 Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation
  • Newsom, “Measuring ROI in the Medical Affairs Department”, ©Copyright 2008 Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation

Forums - Papers: WI Health Policy Forums Audience WI State Legislators and DHS Administrators

  • Austin & Newsom, Wisconsin's Health Insurance Risk Sharing Plan: Are Changes Necessary? Health Policy Forums Issue Briefing Paper, Vol. 3, Number 4, 2005 (paper distributed but no forum held)  
  • Orlik & Newsom, Prioritizing Prevention Investments. Health Policy Forums Issue Briefing Paper, Vol. 3, Number 3, 2005.
  • Newsom and Kindig, Quality Measurement for Health Care Purchasing. Health Policy Forums Issue Briefing paper, Vol. 1, Number 4, 2003. 
  • Frey, Remington, Austin & Newsom (Ed) Wisconsin State Health Plan: Lessons Learned from Monitoring the Year 2000 Plan, Health Policy Forums Issue Briefing paper, Vol. 1, Number 3, 2003.
  • Austin and Newsom, An Ounce of Prevention: What can Policymaker Do About the Obesity Epidemic? Health Policy Forums Issue Briefing paper, Vol. 1, Number 2, 2003.
  • Newsom, R.S., Friedsam, D. State Policy Options: Health Costs and Financing. Wisconsin Public Health and Health Policy Institute, Wisconsin Health Policy Forums, Vol. 1(1): 2002.

Issue Briefs - WI Public Health & Health Policy Institute

  • An Ounce of Prevention: What Can Policymakers Do About the Obesity Epidemic?" Austin, Newsom Vol. 4, Number 5, 2003
  • "Should we Keep Wisconsin's Physician Office Visit Data System?" Newsom, Kindig, Remington, Vol. 4, Number 4, April 2003.
  • "The Wisconsin Collaborative Diabetes Quality Improvement Project: A Collaborative Success", Dawson, Newsom, Gohre, Vol. 3, Number 3, 2002." 
  • "Containing Wisconsin Health Care Costs", Kindig, Newsom, Vol. 3, Number 4 2002
  • "Defined Contributions: Future or Fad" Newsom and Queram, Vol. 1, Number 5, November, 2000.
  • "Wisconsin's Collaborative Population Health Data Library" Newsom and Bray, Vol. 1, Number 3, July 2000.

Other publications

  • Newsom and Zank, "Pay for Performance:  A Work in Progress", final consulting report to the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds, July, 2005
  • Siomos, Newsom, Camponeschi, Remington "A Statewide Collaboration to Monitor Diabetes Quality Improvement Among Wisconsin Health Plans" American Journal of Managed Care, May, 2005. 
  • Kindig, Newsom "Are payers ready to reward quality and outcomes?" Wisconsin Medical Journal, Vol. 103, No.3, 2004.
  • Newsom, "To Revamp Health Care, We Need a Level Playing Field", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Guest Column in Business Section, Sept. 6, 2004.
  • Newsom and Kindig, "Quality Measurement for Health Care Purchasing" Presented to the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Dec., 2003 by the Director of Measurers for the LeapFrog Group. Washington, DC
  • Newsom, Rudolph "Veto Plans to Privatize Hospital Data", Wisconsin State Journal, Guest Column, June 26, 2003.
  • Newsom and Dawson, "The Wisconsin Diabetes Quality Improvement Project:
  • Newsom, Chapin "Health Care Cost and Quality Crises: Is Democratizing Data the Answer?", 2005