David Newman, PhD, JD, Executive Director.
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 US 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.
Paul S. Hewitt, MPA, Director of Policy.
Prior to joining HCCI, Mr. Hewitt was Vice President for Research at Council for Affordable Health Coverage, a subsidiary of Horizon Government Affairs. His past government service includes stints as Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Social Security Administration, consultant on retirement policy, Government Accountability Office, and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations. In the nonprofit sector, he has served as Program Director of the Global Aging Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Executive Director the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, and President of Americans for Generational Equity.
Mr. Hewitt holds an AB in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Public Administration from the American University.
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.
Carolina-Nicole S. Herrera, MA, Director of Research.
Prior to joining HCCI, Ms. Herrera was a healthcare economist whose work focused on the international and domestic nursing workforce, and the relationships between nurse education, staffing, quality, and patient outcomes. She previously held research and leadership positions at the George Washington University, Optimal Solutions Group LLC, the University of California-San Francisco, University of San Francisco, and Bank of America.
Ms. Herrera received her MA in International and Development Economics from the University of San Francisco after completing a BA in Political Science at the University of Chicago.
Amanda Frost, PhD, MA, Senior Researcher.
Dr. Frost is the lead author of the 2012 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.
Eric Barrette, PhD, MA, Senior Researcher.
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.
Rose Anderson, JD, Legal Associate.
Ms. Anderson coordinates and manages HCCI’s contracts and grants, and is the program manager for the HCCI Academic Research Partnership. Before joining HCCI, she clerked for the Hon. Terrence J. McGann of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, and practiced guardianship and mental health law, representing clients in several counties throughout the State of Maryland.
In 2012, Ms. Anderson graduated from George Mason University School of Law, where she was active in the George Mason Civil Rights Law Journal, Moot Court Board, Trial Advocacy Association, Virginia Bar Association Pro Bono Society, and the school’s legal writing program. Ms. Anderson received her BA in history, summa cum laude, from Boston University in 2009.
Patrick J. Shakiba, BA, Research Assistant.
Mr. Shakiba received his BA in Public Health Studies and Entrepreneurship and Management from Johns Hopkins University. His undergraduate research focused on changing individuals' behaviors in order to improve population health outcomes.