The Health Care Authority (HCA) administers programs that provide health care insurance coverage to over 1.6 million Washington residents and 400,000 public employees, retirees and their dependents. HCA promotes health care access to the uninsured, underinsured, and Tribes; it ensures that health technology and prescription drugs are safe and used effectively, and improve health and productivity of state employees, retirees, and their dependents. HCA administers Washington's Medicaid program which provides federal and state medical assistance to over 1.2 million of Washington’s most vulnerable individuals.
The Olympia office is located in downtown Olympia, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bus lines and less than 2 miles from the freeway.
For more about our agency and its mission, visit our Web site at http://www.hca.wa.gov/
The HCA is statutorily directed to study all state-purchased health care, alternative health care delivery systems and strategies for the procurement of health services and to coordinate state agency efforts to develop and implement uniform policies across state purchased health care programs. The Health Care Policy Division serves as the focal point for coordinating the agency’s strategy and health policy efforts. The division is structured to provide expert direction, consultation and support for these activities.
This Senior Health Policy Analyst (SHPA) is responsible for a broad range of health care policy development activities related to state purchased health care programs. This includes: in-depth research and analysis; development of policy solutions and identification of necessary resources to implement policy solutions; providing consultative expertise regarding heath care quality, access and cost containment to HCA executive management; directing the development and implementation of statewide health care initiatives; and coordinating implementation activities with relevant HCA program areas.
This SHPA is responsible for guiding implementation of health care policy and programs resulting from legislative mandates and direction from agency executive leadership with objectivity and sound judgment.
Assigned Work (Duties and Tasks):
Design, develop, implement and evaluate agency and state/government-wide health care policy, including, research and development of new strategies, and managing the development and implementation of statewide health care initiatives and policy directives. Tasks include: Anticipate, frame and pose questions for critical policy analysis and evaluate results in order to determine their validity.
Prepare and coordinate short-term policy recommendations and implementation; and facilitate long term planning to establish strategic direction and implement phase-in of strategies that require multiple procurement cycles for implementation. Tasks include: Formulate and compose complete policy analysis, including positives and negatives of alternative solutions, recommended solution, needed resources, and consequences; collaborate with staff and manage consultants.
Lead project teams consisting of operational, management, and professional staff on purchasing related strategies (e.g., alternative benefit development). Tasks include: Manage complex, highly visible (e.g., legislatively directed) projects and programs to scope, schedule, and resources, to include key internal and external stakeholders, and appropriate communications.
Evaluate the effectiveness and impacts of health care program policies, initiatives and legislative proposals on HCA programs, consumers, payers and providers. Provide consultative expertise and recommend a course of action to executive management. Tasks include: Propose legislative and budget initiatives necessary to accomplish agency’s strategic plan.
Communicate and coordinate with key stakeholders, including advocacy groups, consumer groups, health plans, legislators or legislative staff, other states, national resources, etc. Tasks include: Work closely with HCA programs, communications, fiscal and other policy staff in stakeholder relations.
A Master’s degree from an accredited college with a major study in health care, public policy, public health, public administration, business administration, social work or closely related field and three years of supervisory, research or consultative experience in health services, health insurance, health care or public policy, social service, Medicaid or social security disability programs.
Two additional years of qualifying experience will substitute for the required Master’s degree provided a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college has been achieved. Each additional year of qualifying experience will substitute for a year of academic credit.
One year as a Medical Assistance Program Specialist 2.
Public or private health care delivery systems.
State and Federal laws and regulations related to health care policy and purchasing, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Management of budgets and external consulting resources.
State budget and legislative processes. Knowledge of:
State policies and regulations related to health care programs.
Principles and practices of program planning and evaluation.
Current trends and economic problems relating to health care costs.
Health care organizations and industry. Ability to:
Develop, implement and evaluate programs.
Work effectively with program staff, providers, and other affected parties.
Analyze and resolve complex problems related to health care programs.
Create and propose policy and other solutions in the absence of established protocols, models, or processes.
Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in written form.
Perform systems and statistical analysis requiring the use of software tools in advanced ways.
Persons under final consideration for initial appointment within the agency are subject to a background check. To apply for this position you will need to complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the on-line application:
Cover letter describing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications of this position
List of three professional references
Please note that failure to follow instruction may lead to disqualification. If you have questions about the process, or need assistance, please contact the recruiter listed below before the posting closes.
The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application or testing process or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may contact Lindsey Henderson at (360) 725-1677 or Lindsey.Henderson@hca.wa.gov .
**Legislative mandates require that employee salaries be reduced by three percent (3%) from July 1, 2011 through June 29, 2013. This announcement’s posted salary reflects this reduction. **
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