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Dangerous Running Mates

Obesity and diabetes rates move together and vary almost twofold across states.

Written by Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
Research Director of Deloitte Center for Health Solutions
Sarah Thomas is a director with Deloitte Services LP and the director of research for Deloitte’s Center for Health Solutions (the “Center”). As director of research, Sarah oversees the development and execution of the Center’s strategic research agenda, which aims to help industry stakeholders — including health care organizations and governments — cope with the market forces and policy directives affecting health care as it shifts from a volume-based system to a value-based system more focused on cost and quality outcomes. As the health care system moves toward new models and relationships based on the need for greater quality, efficiency, and transparency, Sarah aims for the Center to be a source of clarity for consumers, businesses, governments, and other stakeholders during this transformation. Sarah has deep experience in public policy, ranging from reimbursement to quality issues in Medicare, Medicaid, and the private health insurance market, including health insurance exchanges and marketplaces.
Sarah was previously Vice President for Public Policy and Communications at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), where she was responsible for the development of NCQA’s public policy strategy, its work with the Federal government and the States, as well as its media and communications operations. She also was the Director of the Public Policy Institute (PPI) Health Team at AARP. She oversaw AARP’s advocacy in areas of cost, access, and quality relating to health care reform, Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drugs, private insurance and public health.
Sarah has 13 years of experience in the federal government. She was deputy director at the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and served at the Congressional Budget Office and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She has worked for national associations, in state government and for the Advisory Board Company. Thomas holds a M.S. in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.