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Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Policy Associate, Market Performance
The Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks two exceptional and motivated professionals to contribute to 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.
Cost and Market Impact Reviews: The HPC tracks the frequency, type, and nature of changes in our health care market through the filing of “material change notices” (MCNs). The HPC may also engage in a more comprehensive review of particular transactions anticipated to have a significant impact on health care costs or market functioning. The result of such “cost and market impact reviews” (CMIRs) is a public report detailing the HPC’s findings. Reporting directly to the Project Manager for CMIRs, the PA will be responsible for providing analytic and administrative support to the Market Performance team in reviewing MCNs and conducting CMIRs.
Specific duties of this position may include:
- Managing discrete components of a CMIR, such as executing analyses of cost, market, quality, and/or access impact. This includes reviewing relevant data and documents, developing quantitative and qualitative analyses with expert support, and assisting in stakeholder engagement;
- Assisting in the preparation of CMIR reports, including drafting substantive text and conducting necessary legal and factual checks;
- Analyzing MCNs and presenting findings to colleagues and senior staff;
- Assisting in the development of other analyses and written work products related to the Market Performance team’s monitoring of the health care market; and
- Assisting with administrative tasks including processing data and documents from market participants, scheduling meetings, and editing drafts.
Senior Manager, Performance Improvement
The Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks an exceptional and experienced health care manager, with preferred experience in health care performance evaluation and payer or 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.
Examples of the HPC’s market performance 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.
The Senior Manager will work directly with the Policy Director for Market Performance to (1) manage a team of clinicians, health care accountants, economists, actuaries, attorneys, and policy analysts in designing and leading the process by which certain health care entities will be required to file and implement Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs), including providing technical assistance to the entities, and (2) work to catalyze improvements in health care market functioning and advance best practices in incenting improved health care market performance.
Program Manager, Care Delivery
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Delivery to work with HPC’s Accountable Care staff and relevant content expert consultants to implement the Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) certification programs.
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 Accountable Care team is responsible for fulfilling the HPC’s statutory charge to develop and implement state certification programs PCMHs and 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 Project Manager, Care Delivery will report directly to the Senior Manager, Care Delivery. The Project Manager will manage the overall project including scoping and managing of project deliverables related to the ACO and PCMH certification programs:
- Define activities, resources, duration, and deliverables necessary to implement certification programs;
- Delineate project governance structure and communication process;
- Develop a communications plan and stakeholder engagement process;
- Track project progress through scheduling project meetings, taking minutes and driving actions related to project plan;
- Flag risks and provide status updates to project leadership weekly;
- Develop plans to mediate risks and remediate missed deadlines, as needed;
- Develop scopes of work for additional consultants, as needed; and
- Project management support including scoping and managing of project deliverables related to other projects related to PCMH and ACO development and technical assistance as well as behavioral health pilots.
Program Officer, Care Delivery Innovation and Investment
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The Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks a Program Officer to assist with implementation of care delivery innovation investments.
The HPC is responsible for administering the Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation (CHART) Investment Program, a nearly $120 million grant program for eligible Massachusetts community hospitals. The CHART program represents a key component of the HPC’s mandate to support the improvement of health care quality and access while reducing cost growth. Through the CHART program, the HPC seeks to invest in eligible community hospitals across Massachusetts, funding projects in domains such as high risk care management, behavioral health integration, and health information technology and exchange.
The HPC is further responsible for the administration of a series of smaller, but highly impactful, competitive investment programs for innovative care delivery pilots
The successful applicant will join a team of three Program Officers, a Senior Program Manager, and a Performance Improvement Manager. Each Program Officer (PO) serves as the lead contact for a portfolio of awardees. In a fast-paced, team-based environment, the PO will have individual responsibilities to provide day-to-day support and oversight to providers and payers receiving HPC funds for successful project implementation. The PO will also be responsible for project management, analysis, and strategic development of the overall program.
Candidates must be results-oriented with the ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously to consistently meet deadlines and client expectations. The best candidates will have previous client-facing project work experience in settings such as provider organizations, consulting, or other settings focused on organizational improvement (e.g., industrial engineering or manufacturing), and have demonstrated experience with healthcare process improvement activities, program management or project management with a proven track record of problem-solving, managing client relationships and communicating effectively with team members.
As these are innovative and new investment programs, the PO position represents an opportunity for the successful candidate to contribute to program development within a new state agency.
Senior Manager, Analytics
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks applications for the position of Senior Manager, Analytics. The successful applicant will join the agency’s Research and Cost Trends (RCT) team.
RCT generates the high-quality, objective research and analysis that is needed to shape policy and strategic programs at the HPC and throughout the Massachusetts health care system. The team works closely with other HPC policy teams and supports their work, as needed.
Each year, RCT outlines, researches, and writes the HPC’s Annual Cost Trends Report as well as other research projects that are potentially actionable and relevant to the HPC’s strategic goals. For example, in June 2014, RCT worked with the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) to produce the All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) Almanac. Currently, the team is working with the HPC’s Care Delivery and Innovation Investment team on the HPC Community Hospital Study. RCT is also responsible for maintaining effective, collaborative relationships with the broader research community, including other organizations that collect data and conduct research related to state health policy.
To complete these tasks, the team acquires data from a variety of sources and integrates that data into multi-purpose analytic data sets. In particular, RCT has made substantial efforts to include data from the all-payer claims data base (APCD) in the cost trends reports and other research and to advance the statewide use of this resource.
The Senior Manager, Analytics will report directly to the Director of Research and Cost Trends. Responsibilities will include:
- Contributing to the design of research projects that employ rigorous econometric methods
- Acquiring data from various sources and transforming data into research-ready data sets
- Writing SAS, SQL, and/or Stata programs to analyze data
- Training and mentoring other HPC staff in programming, technical documentation, and related topics
- Establishing and leading an agency-wide quality assurance program for programming and quantitative analysis.
- Identifying and reviewing research and policy literature to assess both conclusions and methods
- Managing projects, contracted consultants, and, potentially, junior staff
- Communicating results orally and in writing to a variety of audiences, including writing sections of reports, white papers, and articles
- Maintaining ties to peers in other health policy research organizations
The Senior Manager, Analytics will be the agency-wide leader and expert for statistical programming and quality assurance. Over time, the Senior Manager will significantly increase the agency’s capacity to carry out state-of-the-art analytic projects, particularly those that involve the analysis of health care claims.