The Hilltop Institute is seeking a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst* to join its Health Reform Studies team. Hilltop conducts research and policy analysis to support health care financing and delivery system reform in Maryland and other states. With access to an extensive onsite data repository that includes Medicaid and Medicare administrative data, hospital discharge data, nursing home assessment data, and all-payer claims data, Hilltop conducts qualitative and quantitative analysis to inform health care payment, program design, monitoring, and evaluation. Widely recognized for its expertise in Medicaid, Hilltop is at the forefront of national efforts to find data-driven solutions to complex problems facing state policymakers as publicly funded health care systems transition to new models that reward quality and value over volume.
Hilltop’s Health Reform team works with the Maryland Medicaid program, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission, as well as other state agencies to implement and evaluate health care payment and delivery reforms. The team also conducts research in collaboration with faculty at various institutions.
Hilltop seeks professionals with a keen interest in federal and state health policy, outstanding quantitative skills, and a passion for advancing the health and wellbeing of people and communities. The incumbent will work under the guidance of the Director of Health Reform Studies.
The Policy Analyst/ Senior Policy Analyst* will participate in policy research, quantitative analysis, and data analytics aimed at improving access to and the quality of health care services for people and communities. The successful candidate will perform such tasks as:
- Engaging in consultative and creative problem-solving with state agencies and other clients on data-driven projects
- Conducting statistical analysis, modeling, and advanced analytics using large data sets, including Medicaid and Medicare administrative data, commercial health plan data, and other data sources
- Developing payment methodologies and evaluating payment reform initiatives
- Assisting with and/or leading actuarial studies
- Coordinating or assisting with multi-disciplinary project teams that may include SAS programmers and policy analysts, as well as researchers or policy analysts from other organizations
- Conducting qualitative analyses, such as literature reviews, research on programs in other states, surveys, and stakeholder interviews
- Coordinating/managing data collection from providers and payers to facilitate provider reimbursement, program monitoring, and evaluation
- Preparing reports, memoranda, meeting minutes, Power Point presentations, blog posts, issue briefs, and/or articles for peer-reviewed journals
- Making presentations to public and professional audiences
- Participating in internal and external meetings
- Performing other duties as assigned
|Required Minimum Qualifications:
A master’s degree with course work in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, actuarial science, or a related discipline, and at least one year of relevant experience. A bachelor’s degree with course work in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, actuarial science, or a related field and three years of experience with exposure to health services research, public health administration, and/or policy analysis may be substituted for the master’s degree and required experience. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and have strong analytical and communications skills (both verbal and written).
Senior Policy Analyst
Requires a master’s degree with course work in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, actuarial science, or a related discipline, and five years of relevant experience. Must have the ability to lead multi-disciplinary project teams and assume responsibility for managing staff, client relations, project work plans, deliverables, and budgets. (Note: A bachelor's degree, with course work in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, actuarial science or a related discipline, and seven years of experience with exposure to health services research, public health administration, and/or policy analysis, may be substituted for the master’s degree and required experience.)
The ideal candidate will possess the following professional and interpersonal competencies: experience in conducting research with large data sets; skills in analyzing data with SAS, STATA, R or other statistical software packages; an understanding or eagerness to learn about publicly funded health insurance programs such as Medicare , Medicaid, and marketplaces; well-honed problem-solving skills; ability to communicate orally and in writing to diverse audiences; ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and be flexible in a fast-paced environment; and excellent interpersonal skills. For the senior policy analyst, the ability to set priorities, lead project teams, effectively allocate resources, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and complete projects on time and within budget.
*Position title will be determined by candidate's education and experience.