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Sari Siegel, PhD

Director, State and Federal Health Programs


Healthcare quality and equity measurement and improvement, evolving hospital and health system infrastructure and reimbursement, value-based healthcare, person-centered care, healthcare safety net, emergency preparedness


Sari Siegel is the director of state and federal health programs at the AARP Public Policy Institute, where she works on a broad range of issues affecting care for Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. She leads the AARP Medicaid policy tactic area for the AARP-wide enterprise strategy.

Before joining AARP, Siegel was vice president for healthcare research with the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania and prior to that, served as an assistant vice president for research with America’s Essential Hospitals, a senior study director at Westat, a service fellow with the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and an analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures. Across these roles, her work has employed mixed-methods techniques, coupling quantitative with qualitative evaluation strategies to inform research findings.

In addition, Siegel has written extensively about access and quality of care and the healthcare safety net. She authored two books on access to care for at-risk populations and published or presented over 100 peer-reviewed papers on related topics. She also has served on numerous HHS study sections and as chair for AcademyHealth’s Quality & Value Interest Group. Siegel maintains professional certification in healthcare quality (CPHQ).

Siegel holds a doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, a master’s degree in political science from the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University, and a bachelor’s degree in politics from Brandeis University. 



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