Thomas Tsai

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Dr. Thomas Tsai is a surgeon and health policy researcher in the Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. From 2014-2015, he served as a senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the Office of Health Policy at the US Department of Health and Human Services.

His research focuses on understanding the impact of health policy efforts on variations in health care spending and outcomes. Using national Medicare claims data, his work has included understanding the relationship between hospital quality and readmissions; patient experience as a measure of quality; and racial and socioeconomic disparities in readmission rates. His recent focus is on achieving value in the Medicare system with projects focused on bundled payments and variations in utilization of post-acute care. He is also actively involved in quality improvement and serve on the Surgery Quality Improvement Committee at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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