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Rachel A. Burton

Rachel A. Burton

Senior Research Associate

I came to the research world after having been a health policy analyst in the Office of Management and Budget—and having to make the best policy recommendations possible under tight time frames and with imperfect data. My goal now is to produce information that is practical, succinct, and doesn’t shy away from offering specific policy options when I have the research to support them.


Rachel Burton is a senior research associate in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she studies payment and delivery system reforms aimed at improving health care quality, such as primary care medical homes, accountable care organizations, and other approaches authorized in the Affordable Care Act. Her recent publications include a health policy brief for Health Affairs on efforts to improve care transitions, which became the journal’s most-read brief within a month of its release. She also serves as a peer reviewer for Health Affairs and the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Before joining Urban in 2010, Burton was a health policy analyst in the White House Office of Management and Budget, where she helped shape provisions in the Affordable Care Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act authorizing new comparative effectiveness research, health care quality programs, and health information privacy protections.

Burton received her MPP from Georgetown University.

Research Areas

Health and Health Policy

Centers & Initiatives

Health Policy Center