University of Massachusetts Medical School

  • Associate

    Minimum Salary US-MA-Boston
    Job Location 5 days ago(5/18/2018 10:40 AM)
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  • Overview


    Under the general direction of a Principal or Senior Associate, the Associate will manage and lead a small team in conducting policy and program development projects that aim to improve access to and quality of health care for underserved populations in Massachusetts and in neighboring states.  The Associate will build and strengthen consultative expertise, analysis, writing, and project leadership for programmatic and policy initiatives requested by CHLE’s clients. The Associate may supervise Project managers and Policy Analysts and will contribute to the ongoing development of the Center for Health Law and Economics. 



    • Build and strengthen consultative expertise in health care system improvement to public agencies and non-profit foundations
    • Manage team efforts in order to honor commitments to provide CHLE clients with expertise in areas such as:  developing health policy, structuring  new legal and financial frameworks, identifying opportunities and requirements under federal health reform, developing new payment systems, and implementing new programs
    • Develop written deliverables for clients, relating to client policy initiatives.  Manage small projects and components of larger projects by managing and supervising assigned staff and coordinating efforts of others as assigned.
    • Develop project proposals for small projects and components of larger projects including workplans, analytic plans, timelines, and budgets to meet clients’ needs
    • Conduct policy analyses using financial, economic, statistical, demographic and clinical data
    • Draft presentations, policy recommendations, issues briefs, and reports for review by Principal or Senior Associates
    • Present data, analysis and policy recommendations, orally and in writing, to Principal or Senior Associates.  Build presentation skills in order to present in formal settings, including large public meetings
    • Build a rapport with and communicate with clients to ensure work products meet clients’ needs
    • Review and analyze potential policy, revenue or research projects and business opportunities in areas of subject matter expertise
    • Review team members’ work products to ensure that they are thorough, accurate and timely.  May develop, train and supervise assigned staff
    • Build and strengthen expertise in and monitor changing federal, national, and state industry indicators
    • Learn to monitor client satisfaction and participate in the resolution of client issues
    • Contribute to state policy and client agency trend analysis to inform and support CWM executive planning and strategy
    • Build and strengthen subject matter advice and expertise and analysis in order to support of top priority projects in other Centers within CWM, as needed
    • Support professional development of assigned staff
    • Participate in representing CHLE at meetings and conferences
    • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.



    • Master’s degree or comparable level graduate degree in relevant discipline (e.g., public policy, health care financing, health law, public health, health economics, public or business administration with a concentration in health care), or Juris Doctor.
    • 5-7 years exceptional performance in related professional work experience 
    • Knowledge of the health care delivery system and current health care policy issues
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Excellent quantitative and qualitative analytic skills
    • Demonstrated ability to present complex data, analyses and information in easily understood formats
    • Demonstrated ability to interpret policy and state and federal regulations
    • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and meet deadlines
    • Demonstrated experience in computer-based tools, including spreadsheets, database management, word processing, and presentation software.
    • Experience in leading projects and/or project teams
    • Demonstrated ability to maintain harmonious working relationships with others at all levels of responsibility
    • Travel to off-site location required


    Additional Information


    • Management experience indicating the ability to manage and motivate a small staff
    • Knowledge of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
    • Knowledge of the Massachusetts acute care system, including the 2006 and 2012 health reform laws, MassHealth and other coverage programs, and major private insurers and health care providers
    • Experience with public policies for people with disabilities
    • Knowledge of the Massachusetts long-term care system, including payment methods, interactions between Medicare and Medicaid for dual eligible individuals, the service continuum, and major providers
    • Knowledge of health care payment methods
    • Experience writing project proposals, grants, vendor contracts and other types of business proposals at the local, state and/or federal level or conducting a procurement initiative at a state agency or foundation.
    • Experience using statistical software, such as SAS
    • Experience analyzing publicly available administrative claims, eligibility, and cost report datasets
    • Experience chairing or facilitating large public meetings
    • Excellence in work performance, as evidenced by letters of reference, performance awards, or similar indicators

    Additional Information


    For the 1st year in the position  (and potentially longer), the Associate will be assigned to work directly with the MassHealth Community Partner team within the Payment, Care and Delivery Innovation (PCDI) Team, under the direction of the  Director of Community Partners and Social Service Integration.  Responsibilities include:

    • Lead ongoing policy development for Community Partner Program and other MassHealth programs as directed, including leading collaboration with account management and implementation teams to establish the Community Partner Program and support Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and Managed Care Organization (MCO) programs;
    • Participate in the development of project plans, budgets, and programs in conjunction with senior MassHealth leadership for assigned program areas including identifying major outstanding issues, interdependencies and prioritization in a fast-moving scope of work;
    • Establish and implement a performance management and reporting structure for the CP policy analysts;
    • Work with the CP policy analysts to improve their analytical skills, structured decision-making processes, and communication;
    • Coordinate closely with the Director of Community Partners and Social Service Integration and other teams and leads to ensure the CP policy analysts have appropriate support, guidance, and information to complete their work;
    • Establish content expertise in appropriate areas relevant to CP performance including integration between Community Partners and ACOs and quality improvement;
    • Lead interagency collaboration, policy development and communication to further objectives of Masshealth healthcare reform including collaboration with Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), Office of Long Term Services and Supports (OLTSS), Office of Elder Affairs (OEA) and sister agencies including but not limited to  Department of Developmental Services,(DDS), Department of Mental Health (DMH) and Department of  Public Health (DPH); and
    • Lead policy development and implementation of Enhanced LTSS Community Partner Program


    PRIMARY OUTPUTS (Products and/or services that are valuable to the Center and will be used to assess employee performance):

    • Conduct policy research and analysis
    • Develop and draft reports, issue briefs, policy options, recommendations, project plans, and proposals
    • Ensure that analyses and documents are clearly written and accomplish intended purpose
    • Contribute to development of best practices for the Center
    • Incumbents with a J.D. degree may also conduct legal research and analysis in support of the CHLE staff, director and clients in matters of health law and regulation



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