Sandra Newman is a Senior Manager for Manatt Health Solutions, an interdisciplinary policy and business advisory practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.
Ms. Newman supports a broad range of clients, including providers, foundations, and not-for-profits, in exploring opportunities under healthcare reform, including accountable care organizations, health benefit exchange development, and delivery system redesign. She has extensive experience with public insurance programs, working with state Medicaid agencies to support Medicaid EHR Incentive Program planning efforts. Other Medicaid work has focused on Affordable Care Act provisions related to streamlined eligibility and enrollment systems, health homes, reimbursement issues and managed care. Ms. Newman also has expertise in both the policy and operational aspects of patient-centered medical homes.
Prior to joining Manatt, Ms. Newman served as the director of health policy at the California Academy of Family Physicians. There she oversaw state and national quality improvement collaboratives focusing on workflow and delivery system redesign as well as graduate medical education, physician training and workforce issues. In addition, she analyzed policy development and provided guidance to foundations, community leaders, legislators and key stakeholders on health systems innovation, health information technology, patient-centered medical homes, and cultural proficiency. Ms. Newman has extensive experience developing continuing medical education curricula related to process redesign and has executive produced several educational videos related to healthcare disparities and cultural proficiency.
Ms. Newman also worked for the National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance, managing a nationally recognized 50-state initiative to analyze Medicaid-funded health and social service programs. In addition, she directed the Center's federal legislative agenda and provided technical expertise to federal and state leaders on long-term care policy.
"Are We Wired Yet? Measuring the Progress of HITECH in California," California HealthCare Foundation, December 2012.
"A Closer Look at the Stage 2 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule," iHealthBeat, March 5, 2012.
"The Relationship Between a Statewide Preceptorship Program and Family Medicine Residency Selection," Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 2010.
"Fractured: Family Medicine's Fix to Ensure a Healthy California," California Academy of Family Physicians, 2009.
"Strong Medicine: Family Medicine's Fix for California's Fractured Health Care System," California Academy of Family Physicians, 2008.
"Residency Program Survival: Blueprint for an Effective Defense," California Academy of Family Physicians, 2007.
"Preliminary Experiences of the States in Implementing the National Family Caregiver Support Program: A 50-State Study," Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 2006.
"Family Caregiver Support Services: Sustaining Unpaid Family and Friends in a Time of Public Fiscal Constraint," AARP, 2005.
"Medicaid and Family Caregiving: Services, Supports and Strategies Among Aged/Disabled HCBS Waiver Programs," Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, 2005.
"A Study of 10 States Since Passage of the National Family Caregiver Support Program: Policies, Perceptions, and Program Development," The Gerontologist, 2004.
"Caregiving and Retirement Planning: What Happens to Family Caregivers Who Leave the Workforce," Family Caregiver Alliance, 2003.
"Women and Caregiving: Facts & Figures," Family Caregiver Alliance, 2003.
"Paid Family and Medical Leave: Why We Need It; How We Can Get It," Family Caregiver Alliance, 2003.
Memberships & Activities
Board of Directors, Red Room Omnimedia Corporation.
Member, CALeRX (California Statewide e-Prescribing Task Force).
Small Practice Advisory Committee, California Healthcare Foundation.
Speaker, "Health Information Technology: ARRA & Adoption Incentives," California Academy of Family Physicians: 2010 Congress of Delegates, Sacramento, CA, 2010.
Speaker, "Parameters and Implications of the Patient Centered Medical Home," Santa Cruz Medical Society, 2009.
Speaker, "Residency Program Survival: Blueprint for an Effective Defense," American Academy of Family Physicians: Annual Leadership Forum, Kansas City, MO, 2008.
Speaker, "Practice Redesign, Quality Improvement, and a Clinical Hook: A Perfect Match for Your Members," American Association of Medical Society Executives: Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, VA, 2007.
Speaker, "The State of the States in Family Caregiver Support: A 50-State Study," Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: New Freedom Initiatives Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2005.
Speaker, "The State of the States in Family Caregiver Support: Implications for Policy & Practice," Joint Conference of the American Society on Aging and the National Council on Aging," Philadelphia, PA, 2004.
Speaker, "The State of the States in Family Caregiver Support," Joint Conference of the American Society on Aging and the National Council on Aging," San Francisco, CA, 2004.
Speaker, "Reining in Long-Term Care Costs While Providing Good Care: Mission Impossible?" National Conference of State Legislatures: Sixth Health Policy Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2002.