Elizabeth Coombs

Elizabeth Coombs contributes to training and TA, project management, quantitative and qualitative research, and communication activities. Ms. Coombs served as part of the SPHERE/Acumen team for four years. She has served as the project manager for numerous complex projects with HRSA, CMS, the California Department of Health Care Services, and El Dorado County in California. Ms. Coombs also has extensive experience providing TA to health plans, states, cities, and service providers. Currently, she supports Ryan White grantees in submitting annual client-level data to the HIV/AIDS Bureau within HRSA. This work entails organizing and conducting webinars, developing content (e.g., videos, FAQs, and short issue briefs) for the TA website, and communicating with grantees about data quality issues. She also provides TA to state programs regarding Medicaid-funded HCBS and long-term care (LTC). She has been a core member on the current PASRR TA project and works extensively on the systematic review of states’ PASRR policies and procedures task. She provides feedback to states on review findings and works with them to develop feasible solutions for enhancing their process. She also serves as the project coordinator for Mission’s BIP contract with CMS as a subcontractor to New Editions. BIP is an ACA initiative that provides incentives to states to rebalance their LTC systems toward community-based care. Ms. Coombs is currently working with BIP states to implement work plans for implementing the structural changes required by the program. While at SPHERE/Acumen, Ms. Coombs worked with Medicare Part C and D health plans, reporting plan-specific information on patient safety and errors in diagnoses that led to payment errors. She has also acted as the task lead on the qualitative research components of project evaluations, designing research methods and collecting data through dozens of interviews and focus groups (in English and Spanish) and research surveys. Ms. Coombs also takes a large role in summarizing quantitative research findings for reports and memos to audiences, including Congress, governmental agencies, and direct service providers. Ms. Coombs holds an MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.