Barbara Rudolph, Ph.D., MSSW
Senior Scientist

Barbara Rudolph, PhD., MSSW, is a Senior (Data) Scientist, she serves as the Principle Investigator for the National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) contract and provides technical assistance to state members and federal agencies (CDC, AHRQ) on quality and cost metrics and modeling using structured data from disparate sources (Medicaid, Medicare, Hospital Discharge Systems, and All-payer Claims Data Systems). She is a national expert on data standards and serves on three national committees, the National Uniform Billing Committee (NUBC), National Uniform Claim Committee (NUCC), and the Expected Source of Payment Committee sponsored by the Public Health Data Standards Committee (PHDSC) of the American Health Information Management Association. She is also an Expert Advisor to the National Center for Health Statistics on data standards and participates in the Data Standards X12N Workgroups. She is considered an expert in secondary health data uses and HIPAA, and shares her knowledge in presentations to such groups as: Public Health Lawyers, Centers for Disease Control, Environmental Tracking Program, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (State Partners).

Research projects have included: analysis comparing long term care populations and functional classifications (State of Wisconsin and RWJ Foundation); development of a case mix severity adjustment system for the National CAHPS Medicare Dis-enrollment Reasons Survey (CMS), development of guidelines for addressing small cell sizes in web-based dissemination systems (CDC funded), and assessment of state Medicaid management information and data systems (AHRQ). Dr. Rudolph also served as Principal Investigator for a research project, funded by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), HSS, to develop a dashboard of measures for use by monitors in nursing homes that are under Corporate Integrity Agreements with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

Through Dr. Rudolph's contracted research services (2004-2017) to the National Association of Health Data Organizations, Salt Lake City, Utah, she provides oversight and input on research issues related to health data systems, technical assistance to states’ data system development and quality reporting. She prepares white papers, grant reports, materials for toolkits, and other documents as deliverables to CDC Environmental Tracking, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) grants.

Prior to working at CHSRA, Dr. Rudolph was the Director of the Bureau of Health Information, State of Wisconsin. The Bureau was the data steward for 26 large health data systems and had over 100 staff and a budget of $8 million.  Prior to her work in Wisconsin, she served as a Health Study Director, at the National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago, where she managed health studies from proposal writing through final analytics and reporting.

Dr. Rudolph’s presentations and publications are available on her CV.

Curriculum Vitae - Barbara Rudolph