David Newman, PhD, JD, Executive Director.

In his current position, Dr. Newman has supervised HCCI’s public reporting and transparency efforts. Dr. Newman has published on cost and utilization trends, health care transparency efforts, and big health care data. Prior to joining HCCI, Dr. Newman was a Specialist in Health Care Financing at the Congressional Research Service and previously served as a consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Army and Navy, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Dr. Newman possesses a PhD in Political Science from the University of Rochester and a JD from the University of New Hampshire Law School and has held academic appointments at Georgetown University, the National University of Singapore, and Lingnan University in Hong Kong.

Eric Barrette, PhD, MA, Director of Research.

Prior to joining HCCI, Dr. Barrette was an economic consultant supporting expert witnesses’ testimony and consulting on matters regarding hospital and insurer competition, false claims act damages, and pharmaceutical pricing. Dr. Barrette’s research has focused on the diffusion and impact of health information technology and geographic variation in medical resource use and prices.

Dr. Barrette received his MA in Economics from the University of Arizona and a PhD and MS in Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration from the Division of Health Policy and Management at The University of Minnesota.

Kristine Burnaska, PhD, MS, Director of Operations.

Prior to joining HCCI, Dr. Burnaska served as a research consultant focusing on quantitative and qualitative research methods and client services in a variety of public and private sectors ranging from education and healthcare to hospitality and transportation. Her most recent research concentrated on evaluating utilization trends for medical/surgical distributors and manufacturers in the healthcare distribution industry.

Dr. Burnaska received her MS and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Applied Research Methods and Statistics.

Amanda Frost, PhD, MA, Senior Researcher.

Dr. Frost is the lead author of the 2015 Health Care Cost and Utilization Report, HCCI’s latest annual report on the privately insured. Her research has focused on health care costs, state and local politics and policy, and statistical methods.

Dr. Frost received her PhD and MA in Political Science from The University of Iowa.

Kevin Kennedy, BS, BA, Research Associate.

Mr. Kennedy received his BS in Economics and BA in International Affairs with a concentration in International Economics from The George Washington University in 2015. His undergraduate research culminated with his senior capstone project examining the short and long term effects of the Summer Olympic Games on the host city.

Sarah M. Vermeland, BS, Research Assistant.

Ms. Vermeland received her BS in Health & Society and Political Science at Beloit College. A portion of her undergraduate research concentrated on the influence of race on infant mortality rates in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Another portion of Ms. Vermeland’s research was focused on HIV/AIDS rates in DC and different community based programs that could help address the growing issue.