Job Posting for Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Human Services Program Planner III – Determination of Need Analyst, Determination of Need Program

Title: Human Services Program Planner III – Determination of Need Analyst, Determination of Need Program

OrganizationMassachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

DPH is implementing a brand new, first-in-the-nation Determination of Need (DoN) program. DoN is the process through which health care providers – hospital systems, long term care, ambulatory surgery and others – are authorized, pursuant to statute, to make significant expenditures, changes in services, and make certain acquisitions. The DoN team is looking for a DoN Analyst to develop and implement criteria and standards to be used in evaluation of Determination (“DoN’) applications from health systems throughout Massachusetts.

 The DoN Analyst will have the opportunity to plan, design and implement methods for determining compliance with the DoN regulations; prepare analytical reports and briefings to the DPH Commissioner and the Public Health Council and consider whether a proposal will result in improved health outcomes; advance the Commonwealth’s goals for cost containment; and effect improvement in public health outcomes overall.

Qualifications:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Background and proven commitment to and interest in public health.
  •  Background in quantitative and qualitative analysis a plus.
  • Bachelors degree, at least, with background in public health, health care finance and/or other relevant field.
  • MPH a plus.
  • Applicants must have at least: four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or paraprofessional experience in social work, social casework, health care administration, public health program administration, hospital administration, or in program administration or program management,
  •  or which at least two years must have been in a professional capacity,
  • or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

    Substitutions:

    I. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in social work, health care administration, hospital administration, public health or health services administration may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*

    II. A Graduate degree with a major in social work, health care administration, hospital administration, public health or health services administration may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience.*

    *Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

    NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience.

    Special Requirements: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work as part of a team implementing the newly revised DoN regulation and program, designed to incentivize competition with a public health focus, support the development of innovative health delivery methods and population health strategies, and help to ensure that resources are reasonably and equitably available to every person within the Commonwealth at the lowest reasonable aggregate cost.  
  • Develop and implement criteria and standard to be used in evaluation of Determination of Need (“DoN”) applications from health systems throughout Massachusetts.
  • Plan, design and implement methods for determining compliance with Department of Public Health regulations.
  • Prepare analytical reports and briefings to DPH Commissioner as well as presentations to the Public Health Council, all guided by whether a proposed project will result in improved health outcomes for its patients, advance the Commonwealth’s goals for cost containment, and improve public health outcomes overall.
  • Work with colleagues across the Department and with other regulatory partners to understand how a proposed project advances shared goals to coordinate investments in population health across the Commonwealth’s communities.
  • Work with stakeholders, including industry and community leaders, their counsel/consultants, and with sister agencies.(representative, not exclusive list):
  • Phone and in-person meetings with senior health care administrators, agency staff, attorneys and other professionals, to ensure proper planning and compliance with regulations. 
  • Work with Government Affairs staff, General Counsel’s Office and others; respond to public inquiries, and assist applicants with interpretation of program standards and guidelines in preparation of DoN applications.
  • Support the presentation and defense of recommendations on DoN applications before the Massachusetts Public Health Council.
  • Preside over Department public hearings regarding proposed projects
  • Other duties as determined during and following implementation of new program.

 

To Apply:

Apply online here.

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