Brian Bruen is a Lead Research Scientist & Lecturer in George Washington University's School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Health Policy, which he recently joined. In this capacity, he leads data-driven health policy analyses and teaches quantitative research methodology and statistics. His primary areas of focus include community health centers, health information technology, and public health care financing programs such as Medicaid and Medicare.
Prior to joining GW, Mr. Bruen was a Senior Manager at Avalere Health, a business strategy and health policy consulting firm, where he led quantitative analysis projects for clients (primarily Fortune 500 companies) with an emphasis on using data to evaluate health care policies and proposed changes. His primary areas of concentration included Medicare drug benefits, health care survey analysis, and insurance reform. Previously, Mr. Bruen was the Director of Policy Studies and Research for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), a trade association for retail pharmacies. He estimated effects of federal and state legislation on operations of and payment to pharmacies, and conveyed his findings to federal and state legislators and officials through documents, meetings, and formal testimony.
Mr. Bruen began his career at the Urban Institute, a non-profit policy research and education organization. He was involved with numerous data analytic projects related to Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Medicare and Medicaid ?dual-eligible? beneficiaries, pharmaceutical benefits, and initiatives to cover the uninsured. Most of this research is available in publications and working papers, and has been widely cited in academic and government literature.