Senior Manager, Market Performance

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The HPC seeks an exceptional and experienced health care manager, with preferred experience in health care performance analytics and provider oversight, to help lead the groundbreaking work of the HPC’s Market Performance team in increasing the transparency of and catalyzing improvements in the performance of the health care market.

Massachusetts has been a national leader in promoting transparency in the health care market to develop a more affordable and accountable health care system. Given the central importance of a well-functioning health care market to sustainable cost containment, supporting transparency and accountability among health care provider organizations was a major aim of Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, the Commonwealth’s landmark health care cost-containment legislation, and is a core policy priority for the HPC.

The HPC’s Market Performance team leads these efforts by conducting comprehensive and evidence-based reviews of the impact of significant provider transactions on health care costs, quality, and access (“cost and market impact reviews”) and by managing and analyzing a first-of-its-kind database that tracks the number, type, and frequency of changes to the structure or operations of health care provider organizations (“material change notices” database).

Examples of the Market Performance team’s recent work include comprehensive reviews of the proposed expansion of the Commonwealth’s largest provider organization. See our reports: Partners HealthCare’s proposed acquisition of South Shore Hospital and Harbor Medical Associates and Partners HealthCare’s proposed acquisition of Hallmark Health System.

Senior Manager, Behavioral Health Integration

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 The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks applications for a Senior Manager for Behavioral Health Integration.

Behavioral health (including substance abuse and mental health) is a major focus of Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, the Commonwealth’s landmark health care cost containment bill, and work to lead this transition is underway among public and private payers and the provider community. Given the central importance of behavioral health to the mission of the HPC and Massachusetts health care reform, supporting this area of work is a core policy priority for the HPC. 

Under the supervision of the Policy Director for Accountable Care, the Senior Manager will be responsible for advancing the integration of behavioral health with primary care across the HPC’s policy programs. This includes fulfilling the HPC’s statutory charge to develop and implement a $2,000,000 grant program designed to integrate behavioral health in the HPC’s state certification programs for Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs). The Senior Manager will also be responsible for conducting research and advising on key barriers and accelerators of reform for integrating mental and behavioral health services into new care delivery and payment models. As part of this role, the Senior Manager is expected to collaborate with the leaders in the payer and provider community in the Commonwealth, and partner with senior policymakers at other state agencies. 

Policy Associate

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The HPC seeks applications for policy associate positions in the following areas of focus: Accountable Care, Market Performance, and System Performance. 

The Health Policy Commission (HPC) is an independent state agency established by Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, An act improving the quality of health care and reducing costs through increased transparency, efficiency and innovation. Under the law, the HPC is tasked with monitoring the reform of the health care delivery and payment systems and developing innovative health policy to reduce overall cost growth while improving the quality of patient care. Massachusetts is at the forefront in these efforts on a national level, and working at the HPC provides the opportunity to be involved in a new, dynamic and evolving area of health care policy.

Policy associates will work closely with team leaders and collaborate with HPC’s other policy teams in developing and supporting an agency work plan that advances HPC’s mission of controlling overall cost growth while improving the quality of patient care. Descriptions of each policy team for the open policy associate positions are below.

Accountable Care: The Accountable Care team is responsible for developing a coordinated strategy to advance accountable care in the Commonwealth by collaborating with the leaders of reforms in the payer and provider community, and partnering with senior policymakers at other state agencies. The AC team is responsible for fulfilling the HPC’s statutory charge to develop and implement state certification programs for Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), to promote the integration of behavioral health with primary care, and to develop model payment standards to support these care delivery models. The team also works to advance accountable care through other avenues, such as enhancing data transparency, convening key stakeholders to better align models, and identifying key barriers and accelerators of reform.

Market Performance: The Market Performance team is responsible for advancing the HPC’s statutory charge to encourage a more value-based health care system by increasing the transparency of and catalyzing improvements in the performance of the health care market. Among other responsibilities, this includes (1) managing a first-of-its-kind database for tracking the number, type, and frequency of material changes to the governance or operations of health care providers, (2) evaluating the impact of significant provider transactions on the competitive market and on the state’s ability to meet the health care cost growth benchmark, and (3) catalyzing improvements in the performance of the health care market, and supporting the work of other HPC teams to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system.

System Performance: The System Performance and Strategic Investment team is responsible for leading system performance analyses, including a particular focus on measuring value and promoting effective allocation of health care resources. SPSI is responsible for developing and implementing a registration program for provider organizations to provide transparency on the composition and function of provider organizations in the health care system and serve as an informational foundation for other key statutory functions.