Sandra Chao

Sandra Chao

Senior Researcher
Pronouns she/her/hers

Sandra Chao is an expert in designing and implementing alternative payment models. She is also experienced collaborating with rural hospitals and commercial payers to implement global budgets.

Chao currently serves as the project director for the Pennsylvania Rural Health project. She leads a team in setting, updating, and reconciling global budgets. In addition, she is working with Vermont to design an alternative payment model that includes global budget payments. Chao also led the development of financial modeling tools to inform facilities interested in converting to a Rural Emergency Hospital.

Before joining Mathematica in 2015, Chao worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention and the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections. Chao holds a Ph.D. in health services research from the University of Maryland, College Park.

  • Alternative payment models
  • Medicare Advantage
  • Quantitative methods
  • Rural health
Focus Area Topics
  • Payment Reform
  • State Health Policy
  • Health

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