Dayna Gallagher

Dayna Gallagher

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Dayna Gallagher is a health researcher at Mathematica. She focuses on program evaluation and improvement, quality measurement, and policy analysis of Medicaid and CHIP, long-term services and supports (LTSS), and community health.

Gallagher’s current projects include the national evaluation of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Money Follows the Person Demonstration, for which she contributes to qualitative data collection and conducts analysis for the Best Practices Report to Congress. She supports the multiyear evaluation of Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health, where she provides evaluation capacity-building to funded partners, analyzes data, and drafts reports. Gallagher also leads technical assistance and target pricing for the implementation of the CMS Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model.

Gallagher previously worked on qualitative data collection, analysis, and reporting relating to the impact of COVID-19 on long-term care facilities, challenges in the nursing home workforce, and regulatory changes for workers with disabilities. She also has experience working with Medicaid quality measures, including LTSS and experience-of-care measures.

Before joining Mathematica, Gallagher worked as a development consultant for U.S. and international nonprofits providing supportive housing, improving food access, and advocating for policies to support community health. She holds a B.A. in anthropology and English from Oberlin College.

  • Qualitative analysis
  • Program evaluation
Focus Area Topics
  • Health
  • Medicaid and CHIP
  • Long-Term Services and Supports
  • Payment Reform

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