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Christie Teigland

Christie Teigland, PhD, leads the design and implementation of studies focused on comparative effectiveness, predictive analytics, and performance measure development and testing.

With a focus on improving quality in healthcare through data analytics, she provides clients with actionable insight and analysis.

Prior to joining Avalere, Christie was the senior director, Statistical Research, at Inovalon, where she led a team focused on healthcare data analytics. She led several performance measure development projects awarded by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA), including All-Cause Readmissions and Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations. Prior to joining Inovalon, she specialized in quality measurement and quality improvement research at Leading Age New York, where she directed the development of innovative technology solutions to advance the use of data-driven decision making to improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.

Christie earned a PhD in economics and econometric forecasting from the University at Albany, SUNY, and a BA in management science and economics from Minnesota State University.

Authored Content


New Avalere study entitled “Using Aggregate Data to Proxy Individual-Level Socioeconomic Characteristics in Research on Medication Adherence: 9-Digit ZIP Code vs. Census Block Group” selected for the AMCP Foundation Best Poster Award at AMCP Nexus 2018.

Our analysis finds there will be winners and losers at the plan level under the new models.

Findings from a new Avalere study, titled “Prevalence and Likelihood of Hospital Admission and Readmission in Patients with Serious Mental Illness,” were presented at the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Asia Pacific conference on Sunday, September 9, 2018.

New research from Avalere finds that Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries with hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes experienced significantly fewer inpatient stays and emergency room visits relative to those in traditional fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare.

In February 2017, Avalere, an Inovalon company, analyzed data from eight Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) representing 1.1 million beneficiaries in more than 30 unique plans operating across the country to understand the impact of shifting the determination of plan risk scores from the traditional Risk Adjustment Processing System (RAPS) to the new Encounter Data System (EDS).

Avalere’s Teigland was selected by the National Quality Forum to participate in the Disparities Standing Committee.

Compared to beneficiaries with diabetes who are enrolled in other Medicare Advantage plans, enrollees in special needs plans experience better outcomes, after adjusting for demographic and clinical factors.

According to a new analysis by Avalere, a prescription requirement for pseudoephedrine-containing products also fuels the growing shortage of primary care physicians, thereby increasing the cost, time, and difficultly of obtaining the treatment for legitimate users.

Recently, stakeholders have raised concerns around whether the current star rating methodology appropriately adjusts for the socioeconomic impacts on quality ratings.