Dave Baugh is a senior fellow in the Health Care Programs Research department at NORC at the University of Chicago. Baugh has had a 37-year federal career at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and its predecessors, as well as a nine-year career in the private sector with Mathematica, focusing on data development, research, and policy analysis for the Medicaid program. He joined NORC in 2021 bringing his extensive experience with the Medicaid program, data from Medicaid administrative systems, and use of these data for research, evaluation, and policy analysis.
During his tenure in the federal sector, Baugh served as chief of the Medicaid Program Studies Branch and as a senior technical advisor in the Office of Research Development and Information at CMS. In the 1980s, he led the first-ever federal initiative to develop person-based Medicaid data for research and policy analysis. Initially, this involved site visits to state Medicaid agencies to request their voluntary participation in the data development project, known as Tape-to-Tape. That initial work became the basis for state reporting requirements in the Medicaid Statistical Information System (MSIS) and the Medicaid Analytic eXtract (MAX) research data.
Beginning in 2005, he provided guidance and training to staff of the Research Data Assistance Center and the Research Data Distribution Center. He also served as a member of the CMS Privacy Board to review external requests for MAX data. Beginning in 2009, he served on CMS’s Medicaid and CHIP Business Information Solutions initiatives to redesign Medicaid reporting requirements from states to CMS. He initiated numerous Inter-Agency Agreements between CMS and other federal agencies to link data across systems and provide richer analytic data for various research initiatives.
He has led and participated on many research teams on a wide variety of topics for Medicaid populations, including Medicaid enrollment and expenditure trends, prescribed drugs, coverage, managed care enrollment, disability, and injuries. Finally, he has led several efforts to produce Medicaid data compendiums and chart-books and served as coordinator and contributor to two annual supplements of the Health Care Financing Review.
After leaving CMS in 2011, he served as a Senior Researcher and Project Director at Mathematica further developing MAX and T-MSIS data. From 2017 to 2020, he led a CMS and external stakeholder group to design the annual T-MSIS Analytic Files for research and policy, known as the Demographic and Eligibility and Use and Payment research files.