About Rachel

Rachel is a practice manager for the Health Plan Advisory Council within the Advisory Board's strategic research division, and has worked within that division for the past five years. She has worked with a number of research programs, including Service Line Strategy Advisor, where she directed work on women’s health and surgical services strategy.

From 2009 to 2013, she assisted hospitals with business development and strategic planning issues—including robotics, bariatric surgery, women’s imaging, and women’s service line strategy. In December 2013, she transitioned to work more directly with health plans and the Health Plan Advisory Council. In this role, she sets the Council’s annual agenda and oversees all research and deliverables for the program.

Prior to joining the Advisory Board, Rachel worked for the National Institutes of Health as a research fellow. Rachel received her undergraduate degree in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Rachel specializes specifically in Risk, Adjustment, Value-based/Risk-based Contracting, Medicare Advantage, Payers, Care Management, Medicaid, Provider-sponsored Health Plans, and Consumerism (from the payer perspective)


Areas of expertise

Risk Management, Methodologies, Performance Improvement, Risk-Based Contracting, Market Trends, Strategy, Payer Relations, Reimbursement, Finance, Care Management, Medicaid, Payment Transformation,

Rachel Sokol

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