Senior Policy Associate
Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Boston, MA

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The Senior Policy Associate for Care Delivery and Quality Improvement is expected to become an expert in the development and formulation of policy and administration for certification and grant programs, including program design, implementation, and evaluation.

The Care Delivery and Quality Improvement team, led by the Director of Policy for Care Delivery and Quality Improvement, is responsible for fulfilling the HPC’s statutory charge to develop and implement standards for a certification program for Patient Center Medical Homes (PCMHs) and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and to develop model payment standards to support PCMHs. In addition, the Care Delivery and Quality Improvement team is charged with administering a competitive grant program to foster the development and evaluation of innovative health care delivery and payment models and quality of care measures.

HPC seeks a candidate with progressive experience working in a public agency or health care environment with strong project management experience and attention to detail; technical writing and analytic skills; and experience developing standardized processes, coordinating project deliverables, and conducting analyses for reporting to various audiences. Experience in health care delivery, health care policy, public health and/or quality improvement is required.

The Senior Policy Associate will actively participate in policy development and provide substantial and ongoing contributions to following critical functions of the Care Delivery and Quality Improvement team: •
PCMH certification and program design; •
ACO certification and program design; •
Care delivery and payment reform modeling; and •
Implementation and evaluation of PCMHs, ACOs, the distressed hospital grant program, and other innovation grant programs.

At minimum, duties will include: •
Research and compile an evidence-base on relevant innovative care delivery models and programs; •
Develop tools and resources to standardize processes for the certification and innovative grant funding programs; •
Communicate with the health care community regarding certification and innovative grant programs; •
Monitor project activities for internal performance; •
Monitor trends in the performance of the health care market, and integrate findings with other HPC policy teams; •
Develop materials and communications for all relevant audiences, including the preparation of presentations, reports, publications, and related program resources; •
Coordinate subject matter and technical experts to meet the HPC’s responsibilities in efficient and flexible ways; •
Compile and communicate best practices for innovative health care delivery, including the coordination of activities and logistical details for learning events and relevant materials/resources for health care providers, health plans, and consumers; and •
Collaborate with the HPC’s other policy teams in developing and supporting agency strategic objectives to advance HPC’s mission of controlling overall cost growth while improving the quality of patient care.
Qualifications: Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in a health care related field and (B) of which at least three years must have been in a supervisory/managerial capacity with significant policymaking responsibility or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Substitutions:
I. A Master's or higher degree with a major in a public health, hospital administration, public policy, or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*

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

The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in public service and working to advance affordable, high quality health care for all Massachusetts residents.
Preferred Qualifications: A Master's degree is preferred in a related field such as health care or public administration, public health, or health policy. Candidates must have excellent analytical, interpersonal, self-management, research, and communication skills, including the ability to write clearly, comprehensively, and concisely. They will demonstrate an interest in the public sector through education, work, or volunteer activities. They must be able to analyze quantitative and programmatic information. Candidates must be able to view programs critically and think creatively about policymaking.
Candidates must have: •
Unquestioned ethics and integrity in order to directly assist the Policy Director and Executive Director in the development and formulation of policy and regulations without regard to any political or personal agenda. •
Experience in health care delivery and quality improvement, including application in areas such as innovative care delivery models and/or health care improvement. •
Working knowledge of the Massachusetts health care system, including the organization and operations of health care provider and payment systems. •
Excellent analytic and communication skills, including the ability to interpret and distill complex information into succinct, meaningful reports, to tailor communication for various audiences. •
Experience implementing an organizational vision aimed at delivering results and driving execution in a continuously changing environment of considerable complexity.
Comments: The Health Policy Commission (HPC) is an independent state agency established by Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, An act improving the quality of health care and reducing costs through increased transparency, efficiency and innovation. The mission of the HPC is to monitor the reform of the health care delivery and payment systems in Massachusetts and develop innovative health policy to reduce overall cost growth while improving the quality of patient care.
The HPC is supervised and governed by an 11-member Commission, appointed by the Governor, the Attorney General, and the State Auditor. Led by the Executive Director, the duties designated to the HPC by law include: •
Establishing and tracking health care cost growth goals for the Commonwealth; •
Enhancing the transparency of health care cost trends and provider organizations; •
Evaluating the impact of changes in the health care market; •
Monitoring the development of ACOs and patient-centered medical homes, and the adoption of alternative payment methodologies; •
Fostering innovative health care delivery and payment models that lower health care cost growth while improving the quality of patient care; and •
Protecting patient access to necessary health care services. •
Candidates must be self-motivated, responsible team players who are willing to work nights and weekends during peak work cycles. Experience or interest in public policy, specifically as it relates to the development of health policy, is preferred.

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