Laurie Coots Daras

Vice President


Laurie Coots Daras, PhD, is a Vice President for Behavioral Health and Health Policy. She leads technical work, serves in management, and leads business development and strategic planning activities. A quantitative researcher, she brings over 20 years of experience in health services research—specifically, in national quality and payment policy for postacute and long-term care.

Coots Daras supports a variety of projects for CMS and other agencies within HHS on topics such as nursing home quality, federal oversight of survey and certification activities, and post-acute care payment. She has experience using Medicare claims and other large datasets to measure hospitalizations and readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries for quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs. Her work has been published in Health Affairs, the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, INQUIRY, and other health services research journals.


  • PhD, Social Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Predoctoral Training Fellowship
  • MS, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Dartmouth College
  • BA, Human Geography and Sociology, Colgate University

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