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Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Are you a graduate student looking for work this summer? Have ownership over a discrete health policy project for ten weeks at the HPC!
The agency plans to hire up to ten (10) fellows for a ten-week program spanning June 5, 2017 to August 18, 2017. 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 his or her team to see a project from creation to completion. Past fellowship projects 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.
A full summary of projects from the 2015 Summer Fellowship Program can be found here.
A full summary of projects from the 2016 Summer Fellowship Program can be found here.
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:
- Submit a 250 word reflection on their work with the HPC during the summer;
- Present to HPC staff on their summer project; and
- Any other requirements stated by their university or supervisor.
Individuals who participate in the 2017 HPC Summer Fellowship program will assist the HPC with meeting the Commonwealth’s health care cost containment and quality improvement goals by supporting ongoing projects of the HPC. Fellowships are available in each of departments. Please indicate to which team(s) you are applying on the application.
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. This 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 policy recommendations 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.
Strategic Investment: SI is responsible for developing and executing the agency’s investment strategy, including two innovative grant programs, totaling nearly $160 million. The Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation (CHART) and the Health Care Innovation Investment (HCII) programs collectively represent a key component of the HPC’s broad mandate to increase health care quality and access while reducing cost growth in the Commonwealth. Additionally, the Team is responsible for planning and implementing innovative care delivery pilot programs focused on behavioral health care and telemedicine. The Team is further charged with evaluating the HPC’s investment and pilot programs and promoting learning through the broad dissemination of key lessons and promising practices.
Market Performance: Given the central importance of a well-functioning health care market to sustainable cost containment, a major aim of Chapter 224 and a core policy priority for the HPC is supporting transparency and accountability among health care providers and payers. The Market Performance team leads these efforts at the HPC, including by: (1) providing transparency on the composition and function of provider organizations in the health care system through the Registration of Provider Organizations (RPO) program, (2) tracking and reviewing the impact of health care provider changes on health care costs and market functioning by reviewing material change notices (MCNs), performing cost and market impact reviews (CMIRs), and providing comments on filings with other state agencies (e.g. Determination of Need and essential services filings), (3) evaluating and improving the performance of health care providers and payers with excessive health care costs through Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs), and (4) engaging in other analytic and programmatic efforts to improve market functioning, such as by evaluating policy approaches to address variation in provider prices not tied to value.
Research and Cost Trends: This team is responsible for developing and producing an annual cost trends report to measure progress in key areas and examine performance against the cost growth benchmark established to curb health care spending in the Commonwealth. This team is also responsible for building the HPC’s evidence-base and supporting policy development and recommendations through the use of innovative data sources. 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; and tracking the progress of the Massachusetts market in meeting the goals of Chapter 224.
Office of the Chief of Staff and External Affairs: The Chief of Staff‘s team is responsible for: (1) providing agency-level and cross-functional strategic planning, (2) overseeing the day-to-day administration, human resources, and financial operations of the HPC, (3) managing relations with the HPC’s 11-member Board, (4) conducting the agency’s external affairs including media relations, social media management, and legislative/intergovernmental relations, as well as administering the HPC’s web presence, and (5) executing special projects, including over 50 public meetings annually and the annual Health Care Cost Trends Hearings
Office of the General Counsel: The Office of the General Counsel provides legal counsel and advice on a wide range of strategic, policy, and operational issues for the agency. The OGC is also responsible for supporting the HPC’s policy and legal work, including the development of regulations and support of agency compliance functions.
Applicants must currently be enrolled full-time in a Master’s, PhD, law, or medical program. Undergraduates will be considered on a limited basis and must have completed at least three years of their Bachelor’s degree. All applicants must have prior internship or fellowship experience and strong written and oral communication skills.
The ideal Fellow is a strong problem-solver, a clear and concise writer of technical and policy content, and has an ability to understand stakeholder perspectives. Successful candidates will be collaborative, entrepreneurial, self-motivated, and passionate about health policy.
Fellows will be expected to work full time for ten weeks spanning from June 5, 2017 to August 18, 2017. Fellows will be paid $15/hour for a total summer payment of up to $5,625. Fellows will be required to sign a contract regarding 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.
Assistant, Organizational Development
Do you want to work on behalf of the personnel of an innovative state agency focused on health care cost containment?
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks an exceptional Assistant for Organizational Development to support the HPC’s Human Resources Department. This is a terrific opportunity for an human resources assistant, administrative professional, or recent graduate to support the staff recruitment and internal development programs of a health care policy agency known for its cutting-edge health policy work – and the work environment and quality of its staff. The successful applicant will gain extensive knowledge in public administration, program management, recruiting, and human resources while working under the HPC’s Executive leadership. This role will work in close coordination with other agency human resources staff.
Duties of this position may include, at minimum:
- Recruitment and Hiring Duties
- Post position openings online and manage outreach and promotion of openings to assure a continuous pipeline of diverse and qualified candidates
- Conduct candidate screenings
- Initiate the pre-employment screening process, including monitoring progress and reporting findings to recruitment team
- Coordinate the pre-employment process – tracking candidate offers/rejections, acceptances and start dates, and communicate new hire start details within the agency
- Administer the HPC’s Annual Employee Performance Review Process
- Manage the HPC’s Summer Fellowship Program and Internship Program, including recruitment, interviewing, and programming for these programs
- Work on other HR-related projects and duties as assigned
- Provide administrative support in the areas of recruiting and onboarding/offboarding of employees
- Plan programming for staff team building and professional development
Manager, Behavioral Health Integration
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks an exceptional Manager to support the HPC’s Behavioral Health Integration efforts. This is a terrific opportunity for an individual with experience in policy work related to behavioral health integration. The successful candidate will support the agency’s certification, investment, and research initiatives related to promoting behavioral health integration across the state while working with the HPC’s Accountable Care Team (AC Team).
The AC Team is responsible for promoting behavioral health integration through provider certification and investment programs. The team works to advance accountable care in the Commonwealth by developing partnering with senior policymakers at other state agencies, collaborating with the leaders of reforms in the payer and provider community, enhancing data transparency, and identifying key barriers and accelerators of reform.
In a collaborative, team-based environment and with an externally-facing role, duties include:
- Supporting the formulation and implementation of a holistic strategy for integration of behavioral health;
- Promoting the integration mental health services through the development of new care delivery/payment models;
- Assisting with the development of presentations, reports, regulations, guidance, and bulletins related to the behavioral health integration; and
- Developing relationships with primary care, emergency department, and behavioral health providers, as well as relevant stakeholders and staff at other state agencies involved in related work.
Contract Management Associate
Work daily on investment programs that impact over 50,000 individuals across the Commonwealth!
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks an exceptional Contract Management Associate to support the administration of HPC’s landmark investment programs. This is a terrific opportunity for an individual with experience in grant-making and fiscal management. The successful candidate will support the administration and operations of HPC investment programs by overseeing contract management with over 40 health care providers across the state while working with the HPC’s Strategic Investment Team (SI Team).
The SI Team administers the HPC’s investment programs, which work to make high quality care more accessible and affordable for Massachusetts residents. The Program Assistant will be a key contributor to the HPC’s $120 million Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation (CHART) Investment Program and $6 million Health Care Innovation Investment (HCII) Program.
In a collaborative, team-based environment and with an externally-facing role, duties include:
- Managing contracts, process development, and execution for all HPC investment programs, with responsibilities ranging from deliverable intake and review to risk management and compliance-related communications;
- Ensuring appropriate routine reporting to SI Team leadership on contract status and issues;
- Maintaining appropriate documentation and records retention to meet our stewardship, transparency, and legal responsibilities and obligations;
- Liaising with team members during the design of new HPC investment programs.