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Senior Manager, Analytics

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Duties:

The mission of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) is to advance a more transparent, accountable, and innovative health care system through its independent policy leadership and investment programs. Our goal is better health and better care at a lower cost across the Commonwealth.

The HPC seeks a Senior Manager, Analytics to help generate high-quality, objective research and analysis that will shape policy and strategic programs at the HPC and throughout the Massachusetts health care system. 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.

Examples of previous HPC reports can be found here: http://www.mass.gov/anf/budget-taxes-and-procurement/oversight-agencies/health-policy-commission/publications/

Reporting directly to the Director for Research and Cost Trends, the Senior Manager, Analytics will:
• Contribute to the design of research projects that employ rigorous econometric methods
• Acquire data from various sources and transforming data into research-ready data sets
• Write SAS, SQL, and/or Stata programs to analyze data
• Train and mentor other HPC staff in programming, technical documentation, and related topics
• Establish and lead an agency-wide quality assurance program for programming and quantitative analysis.
• Identify and review research and policy literature to assess both conclusions and methods
• Manage projects, contracted consultants, and, potentially, junior staff

Business/Finance Associate

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Part-time applicants will be considered and are encouraged to apply.

The HPC seeks a Business/Finance Associate to join the Office of the Chief of Staff (OCS). This team has wide-ranging and multifaceted responsibilities within the agency to support the HPC’s mission to provide independent policy leadership and promote strategic initiatives to advance a high-value Massachusetts health care system through transparency, accountability, and innovation. This team works closely with and in support of the HPC’s policy, legal, and research teams to fulfill the agency’s statutory responsibilities.

The OCS oversees day-to-day operations and administration of the agency. The team coordinates human resource functions and recruitment, including payroll, benefits, hiring, and employee performance management and development. Additionally, led by a Chief Fiscal Officer, OCS houses the agency’s fiscal operations, including accounts payable/receivable, purchasing, and the collection of industry assessments. OCS also oversees external affairs (media and government relations), Board member relations, and special projects, including over 50 public meetings annually and the annual health care cost trends hearings.

Reporting directly to the Deputy Chief of Staff and/or Chief Fiscal Officer, the successful candidate will assist the Chief Fiscal Officer with the agency’s accounts payable, grant disbursement, and payroll tracking. This position is an administrative position that will work closely with HPC staff to ensure proper fiscal management for the agency.

At minimum, duties of this position may include:
• Collecting and logging invoices from various vendors with whom the HPC does regular business,
• Supporting the CFO by entering invoices into the Massachusetts Management Accounting and Reporting System (MMARS),
• Supporting the CFO in grant disbursement for up to six investment and pilot programs,
• Managing relevant vendor contracts and relationships,
• Identifying areas for savings and improved efficiency,
• Issuing reimbursement checks for consumers on behalf of the Office of Patient Protection,
• Collecting and organizing staff and Commissioner reimbursements, and
• Tracking the collection of annual assessments.
This is an administrative position that does not include direct policy-related work. It is a support role. Experience working in a public department or agency with the MMARS, LCM, or HR/CMS system will be strongly considered.

Summer Fellow

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Duties:

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission was established by the Commonwealth’s landmark health care cost containment law, Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012. The HPC is an independent state agency governed by an 11-member Board with diverse experience in health care. The HPC is leading efforts to advance the Commonwealth’s ambitious goal of bringing health care spending growth in line with the growth in the state’s overall economy through the development of evidence-based policy and the identification of collaborative solutions. Descriptions of each of the six HPC departments working towards this goal are listed below.

The HPC seeks exceptional applicants for the annual Summer Fellowship program. The agency plans to hire six (6) fellows for a ten-week program spanning June 6, 2016 to August 19, 2016. 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: http://www.mass.gov/anf/budget-taxes-and-procurement/oversight-agencies/health-policy-commission/hpc-fellow-report-v3.pdf

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 a 250 word reflection on their work with the HPC during the summer;
2. Present to HPC staff on their summer project; and
3. Any other requirements stated by their university or supervisor.

Individuals who participate in the 2016 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.

Care Delivery Innovation and Investment: CDII is responsible for developing and implementing the agency’s investment strategy, including administering two innovative grant programs, totaling nearly $160 million. The Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation (CHART) and the Health Care Innovation investment 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. The Team is further responsible for developing and implementing innovative care delivery pilot programs focused on behavioral health care, telemedicine, and use of ancillary care staff (e.g., paramedics and community behavioral health providers).

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 through review of material change notices (MCNs), cost and market impact reviews (CMIRs), and 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 both agency-level and cross-functional strategic planning, (2) overseeing the day-to-day administration, human resources, and financial operations of the HPC, (3) handling Board member relations, (4) managing the agency’s external affairs including media relations, website and social media management, and legislative/intergovernmental relations, and (5) executing upon 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.