University of Massachusetts Medical School

  • Policy Analyst - MHE (MassHealth Embedded)

    Minimum Salary US-MA-Boston
    Job Location 1 month ago(12/21/2018 12:49 PM)
    Requisition Number
    2018-32120
    # of Openings
    1
    Posted Date
    Day
  • Overview

    GENERAL SUMMARY OF POSITION: 

     

    Under the direction of the MassHealth Director of Delivery System Investment and Social Services Integration, the Policy Analyst will work with the MassHealth Payment and Care Delivery Innovation team to implement and execute a $1.8 billion Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program, which has been authorized under MassHealth’s 1115 waiver (https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-delivery-system-reform-incentive-payment-program).  The DSRIP program is a key component of MassHealth’s payment reform initiatives, and is being used to incentivize and support the transition towards accountable, cost-effective care in the Commonwealth.  DSRIP funds are being invested in MassHealth Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Community Partners (i.e. community-based organizations that provide highly specialized wraparound care coordination supports for individuals with behavioral health or long-term services and supports needs), and statewide infrastructure and healthcare workforce development.

    Responsibilities

    MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Perform policy and data analyses of health care and human services topics and issues, which will typically require an understanding of the project’s goals, the policy context, and the ability to combine and synthesize data and information from multiple sources. May assist with complex analyses.  
    • Prepare written summaries and reports of policy and data analyses and provide input to written reports and other materials in easily understood formats for both internal and external distribution. Prepare charts, graphs, tables, and presentations.  May draft written reports.
    • Obtain data and information from a wide variety of sources, including federal agencies, state agencies, insurers, health care providers, human services providers, academic and professional journals, professional organizations, foundations, news outlets, blogs, consulting project clients and consulting project partners.
    • Assess the quality of the data obtained by analyzing the data for missing data and/or inconsistencies and, as needed, assist with the development and implementation of methods to improve the quality of the data by obtaining missing values, resolving inconsistencies or excluding selected data from analyses.
    • Organize data by constructing databases and spreadsheets and organize qualitative information in a manner that facilitates its use for policy analysis.
    • Assist in identifying sources of data and information relevant to specific analytic projects on health care and human services topics and issues.
    • Perform other duties as required.

    Qualifications

    REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. public policy, law, public health, health economics, public or business administration with a concentration in health care); or equivalent.
    • One (1) year of related work experience. Required work experience may include internships or research assistant roles requiring analysis, writing or research.
    • Demonstrated ability to conduct thoughtful and accurate analysis, research and writing in a relevant discipline.
    • Demonstrated ability to produce thorough, accurate results and to meet project milestones and deadlines.
    • Excellent quantitative and qualitative policy research and analytical skills.
    • Excellent analytical and writing skills as demonstrated in writing sample and past analytical work.
    • Excellent oral communication skills.
    • Ability to learn new issues quickly.
    • Ability to take initiative on assignments and work independently.
    • Demonstrated expertise in computer based tools, including spreadsheets, database management, work processing, and presentation software.
    • Demonstrated ability to maintain harmonious working relationships with others at all levels of responsibility

    Additional Information

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

     

    • Proficient quantitative modeling/Excel skills
    • Communication and presentation skills, both oral and written, to interact with leadership, staff, providers and other stakeholders
    • Demonstrated ability to compile and present complex information in spreadsheets and reports, using Excel, Word and/or PowerPoint.
    • Familiarity with Medicaid program, especially in the Massachusetts landscape
    • Flexibility and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
    • General knowledge of economic principles and experience building financial models to provide the basis for policy development

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