Sarah Sampsel, MPH, Joins Discern Health as Vice President

Discern welcomes Sarah Sampsel as a Vice President and newest member of the staff. Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in a variety of healthcare settings, including delivery systems and insurance plans (Co-op, Exchange, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, Commercial, and Behavioral Health). She has extensive knowledge of quality measurement, accreditation, compliance, and stakeholder engagement.

Prior to joining Discern, Sarah was a Senior Director, Quality Measurement, at the National Quality Forum (NQF). As such, she directed consensus development projects focused on the endorsement of performance measures and Measures Application Partnership (MAP) processes resulting in recommendations of measures for use in federal programs. Sarah’s areas of specialization at NQF included patient-reported outcome performance measures (PRO-PMs), person- and family-centered care, transitions of care, and renal care quality measurement. Additionally, she provided oversight for the Post-Acute Care (PAC) and Long-Term Care (LTC) Workgroup of the MAP and a project funded by the Moore Foundation focused on the certification of patient decision aids.

Before her time at NQF, Sarah established a consulting practice in quality measurement and accreditation, providing services to health plans, federal contractors, and non-profit organizations. She has worked for health plans, including Anthem, Magellan, and New Mexico Health Connections, and at these organizations led teams focused on quality measure improvement and public health policy. Sarah has also held various performance measurement-focused positions at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). In her roles at NCQA, she was responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining HEDIS measures, as well as managing research studies to support NCQA’s measure development activities.

Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Bowling Green State University and her master’s degree in Public Health from The Ohio State University. She serves on the board of The Ohio State University College of Public Health Alumni. As a living kidney donor, Sarah has a special interest in chronic kidney disease and ESRD.

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