Mary Jo Braid-Forbes, M.P.H., President

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Ms. Braid-Forbes is the owner and founder of Braid-Forbes Health Research.  She has extensive experience in health services research and policy consulting and has worked in the health care delivery and insurance sectors as well.  She has modeled the Medicare payment methodologies for inpatient hospital, outpatient hospital and physician practice expense.  She has co-authored several published studies of the costs and outcomes associated with medical technology.  She started her consulting career at Lewin-VHI (now The Lewin Group). Earlier consulting work focused on Medicaid policy development and program implementation, particularly managed care initiatives.  Ms. Braid-Forbes holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from Georgetown University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Yale University.


Michelle McCrea, M.S., Senior Associate

Ms. McCrea conducts healthcare data research using the Medicare Standard Analytic claims data files, MedPAR, National Inpatient Sample, and other databases. Prior to joining Braid-Forbes Health Research in 2013, Ms. McCrea was a director in hospital reimbursement and financial planning in the Greater Boston area. In her past roles, she specialized in managed care contract analysis, financial modelling, hospital cost reporting, and financial statement analysis. Ms. McCrea holds a Master of Science in Health Policy & Management from Harvard University School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.


Marla Kugel, M.P.H., Senior Associate

Ms. Kugel has over a decade of experience advising stakeholders on healthcare payment and quality policy. She is a subject matter expert on Medicare payment systems and pay-for-performance programs; she has presented nationally on both for provider audiences. She has extensive experience with complex reimbursement impact models, payment system replication, quality performance evaluation, analyses of large scale administrative claims databases, and disease profiling.  Prior to joining Braid-Forbes Health Research, Ms. Kugel was an Associate Director at Xcenda, LLC, leading policy and reimbursement analytics as well as market access strategy for a variety of provider and manufacturer clients. Past roles include Principal Research Scientist at Premier, Inc, and Principal consultant at The Moran Company.  Ms. Kugel received her M.P.H. from Yale University, with a concentration in chronic disease epidemiology and a B.S. in Biology and Society from Cornell University.


Kevin Forbes, Ph.D., Senior Economist

Dr. Forbes provides analytic support when projects call for advanced statistical or econometric analysis. Dr. Forbes teaches micro-economics at The Catholic University of America and has published numerous peer-reviewed econometric articles. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland.