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Principal Associate, Health & Environment

Sara Galantowicz is the account lead for Abt’s health policy portfolio, supporting clients that include the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and state Medicaid programs. In this role, she oversees current projects and leads business development. She brings more than 25 years of health policy and disability research and evaluation experience to this role, with an emphasis on Medicaid, long-term services and supports and quality measurement. Her areas of expertise include quality metrics and improvement, home and community-based services (HCBS), public reporting, and Medicare post-acute care. She oversees large, multi-disciplinary teams and complex analyses of big datasets, including Medicare and Medicaid claims, data from electronic health records and clinical and functional assessment data.  She also has experience in both providing technical assistance (TA) to state Medicaid programs and evaluating the efficacy of state TA models.

In addition, Galantowicz has been practicing experience-of-care survey development for 20 years, specializing in the design and testing of instruments for people with a range of disabilities. She conducted the initial development and testing of the recently endorsed  HCBS Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) tool.  She additionally reviews and consults on testing and modifying extant survey tools as part of a commitment to ensuring surveys reliably capture the perspectives of people with disabilities in research and program improvement initiatives.

Galantowicz also is a senior advisor on several projects, including two quality measure development and implementation projects; support for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Home Health and Hospice Quality Reporting Program and development of Medicaid HCBS access indicators for the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Most recently, Galantowicz served as co-principal investigator for two U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development evaluations examining the impact of formally integrating subsidized housing with health and supportive services. The Supportive Services Demonstration uses a randomized cluster design to evaluate on-site nursing and wellness director staff in properties housing older adults. The Section 811 Project Rental Assistance program offers states funding for rental subsidies to house individuals with disabilities under age 65 in scattered site housing, in conjunction with voluntary Medicaid support services.

She also was a member of the National Quality Forum’s National HCBS Technical Expert Panel, which developed a comprehensive framework and recommendations for assessing HCBS quality.

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