Luis Arzaluz, M.S., is a Senior Associate at Dobson | DaVanzo. Mr. Arzaluz has considerable on-the-ground experience in health policy research and delivery of social services. At Dobson | DaVanzo, Mr. Arzaluz supports client projects in policy research and quantitative analysis pertaining to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), Medicare End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System, Medicare Disproportionate Hospital (DSH) payment policy and Medicare’s post-acute care settings regulatory and payment landscapes. Mr. Arzaluz currently leads a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) project performing data validation and reporting for the purposes of program oversight. He has also worked on an evaluation of the CMS Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs’ 11th and 12th Scopes of Work to determine the impact of a range of public health interventions. Currently, Mr. Arzaluz also performs quantitative and qualitative analysis of Medicare Advantage Organizations and Part D Plans. In addition, Mr. Arzaluz is engaged in an ongoing way in the firm’s internal quality control of deliverables and developing prospective project proposals.
Before coming to Dobson | DaVanzo Mr. Arzaluz served as a Graduate Fellow at the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Health Policy Office. During his time on the hill, Mr. Arzaluz performed policy and legislative research in the areas of private health insurance reform, mental health, and healthcare payment and delivery innovation programs. Prior to his work at the Senate, Mr. Arzaluz worked in Health Insurance Marketplace consumer outreach, support, and advocacy in Milwaukee, WI, through a project administered by the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Mr. Arzaluz also spent one year in New York City working for Bronx Health REACH, a national Center for the Elimination of Health Disparities, where he worked on several public health interventions for residents of the South Bronx and researched Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to cardiology care in New York’s teaching hospitals. True to his commitment to social justice and his strong interest in healthcare, Mr. Arzaluz volunteered for a year performing administrative duties at Christ House, an organization providing homeless chronically ill men in our nation’s capital with holistic medical care and addiction recovery services.
During his graduate coursework in Applied Economics, Mr. Arzaluz’s research focused on analyzing over one half million records from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine the impact of health insurance status on quality and access to care for patients suffering from hypertension.
Mr. Arzaluz holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Economics from the University of South Carolina and Master of Science in Applied Economics from Marquette University, where he was a recipient of the Trinity Fellowship, a distinguished graduate work-study program for young leaders committed to social and economic justice.