Dr. Werner’s research program focuses on how quality improvement initiatives, such as pay for performance and public reporting, change health care delivery, health care organization and finances, racial disparities, and overall quality of care. Her work was among the first to recognize that public reporting of quality information may worsen racial disparities and has been recognized through numerous awards including the Dissertation Award from AcademyHealth, the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and Article of the Year Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine for her JAMA article on the relationship between measured performance and mortality rates in hospitals. Dr. Werner is currently principal investigator of an R-01 from the AHRQ examining the mechanisms by which public reporting in nursing homes impacts quality of care. She is also the recipient of numerous other externally funded grants, including a Pharmaceutical Roundtable Award from the American Heart Association; a Williams Scholar Award in Geriatrics; and a VA Career Development Award.
Werner RM, Goldman LE, Dudley RA: Comparison of change in quality of care between safety-net and non-safety-net hospitals. JAMA. 2008; 299: 2180-2187.
Werner RM, Bradlow ET: Relationship between medicare's hospital compare performance measures and mortality rates. JAMA. 2006; 296: 2694-2702.
Werner RM, Asch DA, Polsky P: Racial profiling: the unintended consequences of coronary artery bypass graft report cards. Circulation. 2005; 111: 1257-1263.
Werner RM, Asch DA: The unintended consequences of publicly reporting quality information. JAMA. 2005; 293: 1239-1244.