Brystana G. Kaufman, MSPH, PhD

Research Fellow

My objective is to improve population health outcomes by evaluating policies and payment strategies intended to maximize value in healthcare. In the later stages of life, balancing cost and quality becomes more challenging as patient preferences/goals for care shift and costs escalate. My research aims to promote patient centered care for this growing segment of the population by evaluating the intended and unintended consequences of incentives and risk adjustment for patients with multiple chronic conditions. Prior to joining Duke-Margolis, I was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

Selected Publications

Kaufman BG, Klemish D, Kassner C, Reiter JP, Li F, Harker M, O’Brien EC, Taylor DH, Bhavsar N
Predicting Length of Hospice Stay: An Application of Quantile Regression. Journal of Palliative Medicine (Apr 2018)

Rodgers JE, Tran R, Daubert E, Vardeny O, Almerdash A, Kaufman BG, Sueta CA, Kucharska-Newton AM, Asafu-Adeji J, Chang PP, Stearns SC.
Guideline Directed Medical Therapy and Survival Following Hospitalization in Heart Failure Patients. Pharmacotherapy (Feb 2018)

Kaufman BG, Spivack S, Stearns SC, Song P, O’Brien EC                                          
Accountable Care Organizations Impact on Utilization, Care, and Outcomes: A Systematic Review. Med Care Research and Review (Dec 2017)

Kaufman BG, Kim S, Pieper K, Allen LA, Gersh BJ, Naccarelli GV, Ezekowitz MD, Fonarow GC, Mahaffey KW, Singer DE, Chan PS, Freeman JV, Ansell J, Kowey PR, Berger PB, Rieffel JA, Piccini J, Peterson E, O’Brien EC.
Understanding of Treatment Strategies Among Patients Newly Diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation: Findings from SATELLITE. Heart (Aug 2017)

Kaufman BG, Reiter K, Pink G, Holmes GM. Medicaid Expansion Affects Urban and Rural Hospitals Differently. Health Affairs (Sept 2016)

Holmes GM, Kaufman BG, Pink G. Predicting Financial Distress and Closure in Rural Hospitals. Journal of Rural Health. (Aug 2016)

Kaufman BG, Sueta CA, Chen C, Windham BG, Stearns SC. Are trends in hospitalization prior to hospice associated with hospice episode characteristics? American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. (Jul 2016)

Kaufman BG, Thomas SR, Randolph RK, Perry JR, Thompson KW, Holmes GM, Pink G. The Rising Rate of Rural Hospital Closures. Journal of Rural Health (Jan 2016)


Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health, Decision Sciences Minor, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill (May 2018)

Master of Science in Public Health, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill (May 2015)