Dr. Sharon Arnold

Deputy Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Acting Director, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets

Sharon B. Arnold, Ph.D.

Sharon B. Arnold, Ph.D., helps lead the Agency's efforts to develop the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the health care system and help Americans, health care professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions. Prior to her work at AHRQ, Dr. Arnold directed the Payment Policy and Financial Management Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), where she led work related to program payments and developed the premium stabilization programs for private insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Dr. Arnold has held a number of other positions in health policy, including Vice President at AcademyHealth, where she directed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant program, Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization, which provided funding to academic researchers for policy-relevant research on health care financing topics; Director of the Program Development and Information Group at CMS, where she directed Medicare payment demonstrations and the implementation of risk adjustment in Medicare; and Director of Medicare Part A Analysis, where she led legislative policy for Medicare Part A issues.

Dr. Arnold previously worked at the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission, Mathematica Policy Research, and RAND.  She received her Ph.D. in policy analysis from the RAND Graduate School and her M.S.P.H. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health.

In "Working With Our HHS Family," Sharon Arnold explains how AHRQ fits into the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) operating divisions.

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