Zulkarnain Pulungan, PhD, designs and implements epidemiological and health outcomes research, including pharmacoeconomic studies, comparative outcomes analyses, risk modeling, predictive analytics, performance measurement, survey analysis, and disease management evaluation.

Prior to joining Avalere, he led a team of analysts at Inovalon in projects, including studies on disparities in outcomes in dual eligible and disadvantaged Medicare beneficiaries, star rating regional variation in Medicare Advantage issuers, socioeconomic risk adjustment on medication adherence measures, and healthcare utilization in the ACA population. Prior to joining Inovalon, he specialized in quality measurement and improvement research at Leading Age New York and the Foundation for Long Term Care, where he developed, validated, and implemented quality measures and predictive models as part of innovative technology solutions to advance the use of data-driven decision making.

Zulkarnain received his PhD in economics from the State University of New York at Albany, where he currently teaches an econometrics analysis course.

Authored Content

Avalere experts participated in a pre-release panel session, "Healthcare Utilization, Cost, and Quality Among High-Need, High-Cost Beneficiaries in Medicare Fee-for-Service versus Medicare Advantage," that was presented at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research annual conference May 17–20, 2021.

On November 4, Avalere experts presented “Development of a Claims-Based Algorithm to Identify Patients with Agitation in Alzheimer’s Dementia” at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting.

Avalere experts will present “Comparing Utilization, Cost and Quality in Dual Eligible Medicare Advantage and Fee-For-Service Medicare Beneficiaries” at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research meeting on May 21.

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.