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Policy Associate, Market Performance

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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. 
 

Registration of Provider Organizations: The RPO Program requires certain Provider Organizations to register biennially with the Commission as a condition of establishing contracts with health care payers. The PA will be responsible for supporting the policy development and operationalization of the RPO Program, reporting directly to the Program Manager for the Registration of Provider Organizations. 

Specific duties of this position may include: 

• Creating communications for the RPO Program, including presentations for HPC Board and Committee meetings, training materials for registering Provider Organizations, and forms and templates that Provider Organizations will use to submit required data;
• Supporting the creation of an online registration web portal to receive data;
• Reviewing applications for registration and working with the registering Provider Organization to update or correct its files, as necessary;
• Analyzing data received through the RPO Program and producing reports, papers, maps and other analyses to be released publicly;
• Working with the Program Manager to engage in long-term strategic planning for the RPO Program; and
• Assisting with administrative tasks of operationalizing the RPO Program, including inputting data, scheduling meetings, editing documents, sending communications to registrants.

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.

Program Associate, Behavioral Health Integration

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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. 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.

Reporting to the Senior Manager for Behavioral Health Integration, the Program Associate will be responsible for advancing the integration of behavioral health with primary care across the HPC’s policy programs. This includes assisting the Senior Manager in fulfilling the HPC’s statutory charge to develop and implement a grant program designed to integrate behavioral health in the HPC’s state certification programs for Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs). The Program Associate will also conduct research on key barriers and accelerators of reform for integrating mental and behavioral health services into new care delivery and payment models. 

Data Visualization and Design Coordinator

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The HPC seeks an exceptional candidate to assist with information architecture and report design. This position will report to the Chief of Staff and Director of External Affairs. The Office of the Chief of Staff has wide-ranging and multifaceted responsibilities within the HPC. In addition to managing the agency’s administration and finances broadly, the team also has an external facing role in overseeing media, legislative relations, and public events, all to support the HPC’s mission to monitor health reform efforts in Massachusetts and develop innovative health policy to reduce overall cost growth while improving the quality of patient care.

As the HPC is a new state agency, this position represents an opportunity for the successful candidate to contribute to the branding and external-facing image at a critical time in the agency’s development. The Coordinator will work closely with and support the work of policy and legal teams within the HPC through the design of presentations, data, infographics, and reports. 

Clinical Officer

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The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks a Clinical Officer to support implementation of care delivery and payment reform initiatives administered by the HPC. The HPC is responsible for a series of initiatives to help drive delivery system and payment reform, including: 

  • administration of the Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation (CHART) Investment Program, nearly $120 million for eligible Massachusetts community hospitals over four years, 
  • implementation of certification programs for Patient Centered Medical Homes and Accountable Care Organizations and development of related payment models, 
  • administration of the Innovation Investment Program, an opportunity to develop, test, and evaluate innovative delivery and payment approaches, and
  • research and the development of policies to support the improvement of health care quality and access while reducing cost growth.

Through these initiatives, the HPC seeks to drive improvement in the structures and models through which health care services are delivered, and to support development and uptake of payment models that drive community-based, whole-person care. Success in these initiatives will require engagement in domains such as high-risk care management, behavioral health integration, care coordination, and health information technology/health information exchange.

Reporting to the Policy Director for Care Delivery Innovation and Investment, the Clinical Officer will be responsible for providing clinical leadership to the CHART Investment Program and advising on the clinical components of each of the HPC’s major workstreams. The Clinical Officer will lead engagement with a portfolio of hospitals in the CHART Investment Program, and provide support to CHART Program Officers as well as the CHART leadership team on all clinical aspects of operational and strategic activities related to CHART. 

Senior Manager, Performance Improvement

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The 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. 

Senior Manager, Care Delivery

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The Senior Manager, Care Delivery 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 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 in the Commonwealth, including the assessment of the effectiveness of various care delivery models and the design of best practice care delivery models to be adopted more widely across the Commonwealth
  • Facilitating integration of behavioral health services into new care delivery models in coordination with the Senior Manager for Behavioral Health Integration
  • Seeking ways for the HPC to advance care delivery 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
  • Supporting development of technical assistance and investment programs to provide tangible supports to provider organizations and associated market participants to accelerate delivery system transformation in close coordination with the Care Delivery Innovation and Investment Team
  • 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.

Senior Manager, Investment Impact and Evaluation

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks applications for a Senior Manager for Investment Impact and Evaluation.

Promotion of high quality, efficient care in the care delivery system is a major focus of Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, the Commonwealth’s landmark health care cost containment bill. Work to lead this transition is underway among public and private payers and the provider community. Given the central importance of health care system transformation to the mission of Massachusetts health care reform, supporting this area of work is a core policy priority for the HPC.

Reporting to the Deputy Director for System Performance and Strategic Investment, the Senior Manager will be responsible for designing and leading the evaluation of two multi-year investment programs operated by the agency, the Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization and Transformation (CHART) Investment Program and the Innovation Investment Program. These programs total more than $120 million in investments.

As the HPC’s internal evaluation expert, the Senior Manager will design and execute on a comprehensive evaluation agenda, including the development of an evaluation framework, design of studies, data analysis and interpretation, and reporting of evaluation results. In conjunction with the programs’ operations teams, the Senior Manager will design mechanisms for performance monitoring to promote rapid-cycle improvement, management to program goals and efficiency in operations.

The Senior Manager will further support design and implementation of evaluation of other HPC care delivery initiatives such as patient centered medical home and accountable care organization certification programs and other care delivery and quality improvement responsibilities.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Building and managing the evaluation function for all of the agency’s investments,
  • Supervising analysts and interns and managing contracted consultants,
  • In support of other evaluation activities across the HPC, monitoring and advising on evaluation issues while providing an environment conducive to creativity and professional development,
  • Building and maintaining productive linkages with the academic and foundation communities for research collaborations and partnerships,
  • Designing and completing qualitative and quantitative analyses and guiding staff and consultants in their performing analytic work,
  • As the HPC’s internal evaluation expert, liaising with other core care delivery and payment transformation functions, including the Accountable Care team, the Research and Cost Trends team, and the Executive Director, and
  • Preparing written communications, reports, and presentations to HPC Commissioners and Staff and external stakeholders.

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