Ying (Elaine) Wang, PhD, MPP
Senior Director, Research and Evaluation

Elaine Wang is a mix-methods health services and health policy researcher with nearly 20 years of professional experience. In her role she leads a group of quantitative and qualitative researchers who offer analytic solutions to a variety of governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Wang has extensive experience using analytics and evaluation methods to support program/policy design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. One area of her expertise is value-based purchasing programs. She has led a Medicare Part D star rating project, has developed performance measures for monitoring Medicare Parts C and D plan performance on multiple projects, and contributed to the creation of a Qualified Health Plan Quality Rating system for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She also evaluated pay for performance program related to inpatient acute care hospitals. In addition, Wang also has a keen interest and expertise on the subjects of cost, coverage and access issues — particularly as they impact vulnerable populations — and leads several Medicaid 1115 waiver evaluation initiatives in both Massachusetts and beyond.

Prior to joining Commonwealth Medicine, Wang held leadership roles at policy consulting firms including the American Institutes for Research and IMPAQ International. In her earlier career, she worked at the University of Maryland Baltimore and Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Her other areas of experiences include employment for youth with disabilities, behavioral health, Alzheimer disease, and more, through her work with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Patient-centered Outcome Research Institute, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Wang holds a doctorate and master’s degree in public policy with a focus on program evaluation from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She earned both a master's and bachelor's degree in public administration from Nanjing University.


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