Lorraine Otero, M.S. is a Research Analyst at Dobson | DaVanzo who joined the company in July 2019. She brings considerable experience in quantitative analysis, economic research, and data visualization to the company. Ms. Otero currently serves as project coordinator on three of the firm's contracts to support the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), such as Part D Formulary and Benefits Assessments project, Medicare Intravenous Immune Globulin (IVIG) Access Demonstration Evaluation project, and Part D Drug Discount Program Data Support project. She currently provides project management, supporting research, and analytical assistance on the planned and ad hoc analyses for these contracts.
Ms. Otero also works on summarizing findings in reports and presentations, conducting comprehensive literature reviews and policy research, and assisting with quantitative data collection and analyses. Ms. Otero helps clients by providing analytic support on CMS's Medicare Part C and Part D Data Validation and Monitoring project, CMS's Medicare Part D Claims Analysis project, and CMS's Improvements to Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Support contract. Additionally, she provided research assistance to assess the impact of charitable assistance on pharmaceutical pricing, investigated the effects of a recent national Immune Globulin shortage, developed summary reports on opioid misuse trends, and assessed different statistical techniques being used for quantitative research.
Prior to joining Dobson | DaVanzo, Ms. Otero worked as a Financial Research Assistant at Marquette University. During her time there, Ms. Otero analyzed proprietary data and assembled initiative program proposals for university decision-makers. Before Marquette University, she conducted client activity reporting and developed financial databases at Northwestern Mutual. Ms. Otero also worked as a volunteer for Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for several departments, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Hospital Administration. Her experience as a volunteer served as a motivation for her graduate research on the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate from 2012, focusing on how accessible birth control impacts birthweight and infant mortality rates. This research also considered the health effects from increased access to contraceptive services on the birthweight outcomes of single mothers, using micro-level data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s natality database.
Ms. Otero earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, with minors in Business Administration and Chemistry, and a Master of Science in Applied Economics from Marquette University, where she was the recipient of the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee Scholarship, and the Excellence in Service and Leadership Award.