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Dr. Tia Goss Sawhney (DrPH, FSA, MAAA)
Dr. Tia Goss Sawhney is the Owner and Managing Director of Teus Health. She has a doctorate degree in public health and a master’s in government administration. She is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the Academy of Actuaries. Dr. Sawhney has decades of experience working with multi-disciplinary teams to deliver and communicate executive-level analyses and real-world research studies, often developed from newly acquired or previously unleveraged data. She likes new challenges, people, and places. She gets work done, on-time.
Dr. Sawhney has worked with private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare claims data; provider-owned health system data; various public health and government datasets (MEPS, NHANES, BRFSS, etc.); and various sources of demographics and enrollment data. She has particular expertise with healthcare cost data, risk adjustment, and value-based contracts. She has extensive consulting experience and is the author of numerous trade articles, issue briefs, white papers, and academic journal papers. Dr. Sawhney has helped clients present the unintended impact of policy changes to CMS. She has routinely worked with clinicians and particularly enjoys mentoring and teaching. From 2011-2015 she was responsible for operations, data analytics, and HIPAA for a statewide Medicaid enterprise data warehouse, reporting to the agency director and the governor’s office. She served as a National Quality Forum expert panelist on risk adjustment and socioeconomic status. She is a co-founder and co-instructor of the Claims Data Lab at the New York University (NYU) College of Global Public Health.
Alec Shamsey is the lead Data Analyst with Teus Health. Alec holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Informatics from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and he is currently working toward a master’s in Data Science from NJIT. He has previous academic coursework in nursing and over 8 years of experience within healthcare, clinical, pharmaceutical, and administrative roles, including the management of sensitive HIPAA and other data. He is committed to using his expertise to develop data insights that build a better healthcare system.
Hope Norris is a Data Analyst Intern with Teus Health. Hope holds a Bachelor of Science with Highest Distinction from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a current Master of Public Health candidate at the New York University School of Global Public Health, concentrating in Public Health Policy. Prior to joining Teus Health, Hope was a research assistant with the University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID Center). Hope has over four years of research experience, having contributed to qualitative and quantitative projects on preventive service utilization, value-based insurance design, health policy analysis, vaccine hesitancy, and social neuroendocrinology. Hope is passionate about utilizing healthcare claims data to conduct population health analyses and inform improvements in healthcare delivery.
Basil Konbaz is an Actuarial Analyst Intern with Teus Health. Basil holds a Bachelors in Mathematics with a focus in Actuarial Science at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and an Associates in Mathematics from Central Piedmont Community College. In addition to his work with Teus Health, he is a lead mathematics instructor with the Sylvan Learning Center. He has completed two actuarial exams and the VEE credit courses, has advanced computer programming skills, and is looking forward to an actuarial career.
Lesli Ott is an Intellectual Partner with Teus Health. Lesli has over 20 years of experience in applied econometrics, data science, and technology. She is the co-founder of Menther, a tech startup focused on supporting women in the workforce post-pandemic. Lesli also has a decade of prior leadership experience in the economics of healthcare. Lesli was the Head of Health Economics and Outcomes for Cityblock Health, where she and her team developed algorithms and predictive models focused on reducing healthcare costs and improving healthcare quality for Cityblock’s members. Prior to Cityblock, Lesli was the VP of Episode Analytics for Remedy Partners (now Signify Health), developing value-based healthcare frameworks for commercially-insured populations, and Lead Statistician at the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, driving the statistical development of healthcare cost and quality outcomes measures for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Earlier in her career, Lesli was a Senior Economic Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and presented at academic conferences. Lesli holds Master’s degrees in both Economics and Mathematics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.