Title: Policy Analyst
Organization: Commonwealth Medicine – UMass Medical School
Summary of Position
Under the general direction of an Associate, Senior Associate or Principal, the Policy Analyst – MHE is responsible for supporting the policy, writing and research activities by identifying, obtaining, organizing and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, reviewing academic and professional literature, and gathering information from multiple sources on the costs, utilization, quality and access to health care and human services. This will include support of policy development, analysis, evaluation, and contract management of MassHealth initiatives related to addressing social determinants of health for the MassHealth population.
- Perform policy and data analyses of health care and human services topics and issues, which will typically require an understanding of the project’s goals, the policy context, and the ability to combine and synthesize data and information from multiple sources. May assist with complex analyses.
- Prepare written summaries and reports of policy and data analyses and provide input to written reports and other materials in easily understood formats for both internal and external distribution. Prepare charts, graphs, tables, and presentations. May draft written reports.
- Obtain data and information from a wide variety of sources, including federal agencies, state agencies, insurers, health care providers, human services providers, academic and professional journals, professional organizations, foundations, news outlets, blogs, consulting project clients and consulting project partners.
- Assess the quality of the data obtained by analyzing the data for missing data and/or inconsistencies and, as needed, assist with the development and implementation of methods to improve the quality of the data by obtaining missing values, resolving inconsistencies or excluding selected data from analyses.
- Organize data by constructing databases and spreadsheets and organize qualitative information in a manner that facilitates its use for policy analysis.
- Assist in identifying sources of data and information relevant to specific analytic projects on health care and human services topics and issues.
- Perform other duties as required.
- Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. public policy, law, public health, health economics, public or business administration with a concentration in health care); or equivalent.
- 2-4 years of related work experience. Required work experience may include internships or research assistant roles requiring analysis, writing or research.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct thoughtful and accurate analysis, research and writing in a relevant discipline.
- Demonstrated ability to produce thorough, accurate results and to meet project milestones and deadlines.
- Ability to learn new issues quickly.
- Ability to take initiative on assignments and work independently.
- Demonstrated expertise in computer-based tools, including spreadsheets, database management, work processing, and presentation software.
- Demonstrated ability to maintain harmonious working relationships with others at all levels of responsibility
- Knowledge of the Massachusetts health care system and current health care policy issues, including the Flexible Services Program and social determinants of health (with a particular focus on housing and nutrition).
- Familiarity with Medicaid program, especially in the Massachusetts landscape.
- Knowledge of federal and state legislative, regulatory and policy making processes.
- Knowledge of health care payment methods.
- Knowledge of practices to promote health equity across racial and ethnic groups, for people with disabilities, for individuals involved with the criminal legal system, and for other underserved populations. Experience working with providers, preferably Accountable Care Organizations.
- Experience providing contract and performance management to providers.
- Experience with supporting program evaluations.
- Experience presenting complex data, analyses and information in easily understood formats.
- Experience in using statistical software, such as SAS.
- Experience writing project proposals, grants, vendor contracts and other types of business proposals at the local, state and/or federal level or conducting a procurement initiative at a state agency or foundation.
- Excellence in work performance, as evidenced by letters of reference or awards for performance or similar indicators.
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