Nils Franco, Analyst, conducts quantitative research and supports qualitative research to advise clients on federal and state health-insurance programs.
Nils most recently served the Altarum Institute’s Center for Value in Health Care and Center for Eldercare Improvement as a Research Analyst, with a portfolio that included economic modeling of social policies’ impact, business consulting on home- and center-based services, and federal research on Medicare–Medicaid integration amid COVID-19. In a key project there, Nils derived county-level data from Medicare administrative files to describe Part D outcomes for beneficiaries ages 65+, and to describe users of post-acute and long-term care: their functional and cognitive conditions, their diagnoses, and their use of healthcare. Prior to Altarum, Nils studied Part D’s impact on functional and cognitive decline for a National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) project. On contract with the Office of the D.C. Auditor, Nils led a quantitative study of the continuity of behavioral healthcare episodes amid arrests and incarceration.
At a federal level, Nils’ past work has included consulting and data management for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and the Medicare Ombudsman Group as well as designing statistical methods for a research project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Nils received a B.S. in Economics from American University, where he focused on quantitative methods for the study of public policy, labor and health economics, and organizational behavior. He was a fellow of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program in 2017, placed at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College.