Cara Weiss

Cara Weiss

Principal Managing Consultant
Expertise
  • Technical assistance
  • Measurement for program monitoring
  • Medicaid data quality and analytics
  • Medicaid program and administrative data
  • Data management and architecture
  • Translation of policy and technical information
Focus Areas
  • Health
  • Medicaid and CHIP
  • Health Information Technology and Analytics
About Cara

Cara Weiss’s work focuses on improving data quality and standardizing federal reporting systems to support research and analytics for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). She has expertise in Medicaid data quality and in bridging the gap between policy and data and technical requirements for systems.

Weiss is the deputy project director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 1115 Demonstration Support Contract, which provides CMS with several types of technical assistance related to Medicaid section 1115 demonstrations. In this role, she oversees technical assistance to CMS and states for demonstrations affecting beneficiary eligibility and coverage and addressing substance use disorders and serious mental illness/serious emotional disturbance. She led the development of performance metrics and reporting templates for states with demonstrations that effect eligibility and coverage. Previously, Weiss led initiatives to detect and improve the quality of state-submitted Medicaid and CHIP administrative data to support research and analytics. Weiss has also been involved in supporting CMS’s Medicaid information management strategy to develop an enterprise system to collect, store, and analyze Medicaid and CHIP program and administrative data. This work included assessing legacy systems for future realignment and migration, developing data governance plans, and contributing to the design of a conceptual application architecture.

Before joining Mathematica in 2009, Weiss was a research associate at Caliper, where she served as lead statistical analyst for employment-related assessment and performance data. She holds an M.S. in statistics from Rutgers University.