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Summer Fellowship Program

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The HPC seeks exceptional applicants for the first annual Health Policy Commission Summer Fellowship. The agency plans to hire six (6) fellows for a ten week program from June 2, 2015 to August 14, 2015. Each fellow will be assigned to a department within the agency and will work on a project for that department. The goal of the program is to enable the Fellow to work in conjunction with their team to see a project from creation to completion. Past intern projects have ranged from conducting research and analysis on data from the All-Payer Claims Database to formulating regulations and public-facing materials for the Registration of Provider Organizations Program.

The Commonwealth’s broad health care cost containment and quality improvement goals are ambitious, and the HPC is charged with turning many of these goals into a reality. Individuals who participate in the 2015 Health Policy Commission Summer Fellowship will play an active role in this challenging task by supporting ongoing projects of the HPC. Fellowships are available in each of our departments. Fellows will report directly to their department supervisor.

Fellows will be expected to participate in an orientation program and a series of organized educational activities throughout the summer. In addition, Fellows will be expected to complete the following:

  1. Submit two-250 word reflections on their work with the HPC during the summer;
  2. Provide a summer “brown bag” presentation on an area of their studies;
  3. Give a presentation to agency staff on their work on August 14; and
  4. Any other requirements stated by their university or supervisor.

The ideal Fellow is a strong problem-solver, a clear and concise writer of technical and policy content, and has an ability to understand and manage stakeholder perspectives. To be a good fit for the HPC’s start-up environment, candidates will be collaborative, entrepreneurial, self-motivated, and passionate about health policy.

Fellows will be expected to work full time for twelve weeks from June 1, 2015 to August 7, 2015. Fellows will be paid $13.33/hour for a total summer payment of up to $5,000. Fellows will be required to sign a contract about the obligations of the program. Candidates who are called for an interview will be required to provide three references during the interview process, on a form provided by the HPC. A background check will be completed on the recommended candidate.

Deputy Director for Accountable Care

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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.

The Deputy Director will report directly to the Director of Policy for Accountable Care. Responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the Policy Director for Accountable Care in formulating and implementing a holistic strategy for care delivery and payment system transformation in Massachusetts 
  • Fulfilling the HPC’s statutory charge to develop and implement certification programs for Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Accountable Care Organizations 
  • Developing policy to accelerate care delivery and payment reform in the Commonwealth, including the assessment of the effectiveness of various care delivery and alternative payment models and the design of best practice care delivery and payment models to be adopted more widely across the Commonwealth
  • Facilitating integration of mental and behavioral health services into new care delivery and payment models
  • Seeking ways for the HPC to advance care delivery and payment reform through other avenues, such as enhancing data transparency, convening key stakeholders to better align models, and bringing policy focus to key barriers and accelerators of reform
  • Designing a technical assistance and investment program to provide tangible supports, strategic and tactical, to provider organizations and associated market participants to accelerate delivery system transformation
  • Developing an evaluation framework for HPC’s PCMH and ACO certification programs
  • Working, in coordination with other Policy Directors and senior staff, to develop an annual report that examines health care cost trends and underlying factors, along with recommendations for strategies to increase the efficiency of the health care system

Research Associate, Research and Cost Trends

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The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks applications for a Research Associate for the HPC’s Research and Cost Trends Division. 

The HPC seeks an exceptional Research Associate to contribute to the HPC’s annual hearings on health care cost trends and annual cost trends report. Reporting directly to the Senior Manager for Research and Cost Trends, the Research Associate will contribute to the agency’s activities related to researching, writing, and publishing an annual report on health care cost trends. Other reports, publications, and research projects will be assigned as needed or required by law.

The agency’s research in cost trends will use a variety of methods and cover a range of topics, which may include: 

  • Deconstruction of growth in health care expenditures across public and private payers in Massachusetts (e.g. separating the effects of price vs. utilization growth) 
  • Monitoring trends in the Massachusetts health care market, such as provider consolidation and the growth of high-deductible health plans and tiered/limited network plans
  • Review and evaluation of innovative care delivery and payment models, such as patient-centered medical homes, accountable care organizations, and global budget-based risk contracts
  • Tracking the progress of the Massachusetts market in meeting the goals of Chapter 224, the Commonwealth’s omnibus health care cost containment law that established the HPC.