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HPC Summer Fellowship Program

Please note: Application deadline is Friday, February 9, 2018. 

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) is an independent state agency that develops policy to reduce health care cost growth and improve the quality of patient care. The HPC has five core responsibilities: (1) monitoring the performance of the health care system, (2) analyzing the impact of health care market transactions on cost, quality, and access, (3) setting the health care cost growth benchmark, (4) investing in community health care delivery system transformation, and (5) certifying patient-medical homes (PCMHs) and accountable care organizations (ACOs). The HPC's 11-member Board provides oversight to the activities of the agency. 

The HPC seeks exceptional applicants for the annual Summer Fellowship program. The agency plans to hire up to ten (10) fellows for a ten-week program spanning June 4, 2018 to August 17, 2018. Each fellow will be assigned to a department within the agency and will work on a project for that department. The goal of the program is to enable the fellow to work in conjunction with his or her team to see a project from creation to completion. Past fellowship projects ranged from conducting research and analysis on data from the All-Payer Claims Database to formulating regulations and public-facing materials for the Registration of Provider Organizations (RPO) Program.  

A full summary of fellows and projects from the 2017 Summer Fellowship Program can be found here.

The 2016 Summer Fellowship Program summary can be found here

Fellows will be expected to participate in an orientation program and a series of organized educational activities throughout the summer. In addition, fellows will be expected to complete the following:

  1. Submit a 250 word reflection on their work with the HPC during the summer;
  2. Present to HPC staff on their summer project; and
  3. Any other requirements stated by their university or supervisor.

 

Individuals who participate in the 2018 HPC Summer Fellowship program will assist the HPC with meeting the Commonwealth’s health care cost containment and quality improvement goals by supporting ongoing projects of the HPC. Fellowships are available in each of the departments. Please indicate to which team(s) you are applying on the application.

The Accountable Care Team is responsible for fulfilling the HPC’s statutory charge to (1) develop and implement state certification programs for PCMHs and ACOs, (2) to promote the integration of behavioral health with primary care, and (3) to develop policy recommendations to support these care delivery models. The team also works to advance accountable care through other avenues, such as enhancing data transparency, convening key stakeholders to better align models, and identifying key barriers and accelerators of reform.

The Market Performance Team performs a variety of market oversight functions including the comprehensive and evidence-based reviews of the impact of significant provider transactions on health care costs, quality, and access through the Notice of Material Change and Cost & Market Impact Review processes. The team also manages and analyzes the first-of-its-kind RPO Program. 

The Strategic Investment Team is responsible for developing and implementing the agency’s investment strategy, including the administration of (1) the Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation (CHART) Investment Program, (2) the Health Care Innovation Investment (HCII) Program, and (3) a forthcoming grant program focusing on increasing access to behavioral health services and addressing the social determinants of health. The Team is further responsible for evaluating the HPC’s investment and pilot programs and promoting learning through the broad dissemination of key lessons and promising practices.

The Research and Cost Trends is responsible for developing an annual cost trends report to measure progress in key areas and examine performance against the cost growth benchmark established to curb health care spending in the Commonwealth. This team is also responsible for building the HPC’s evidence-base and supporting policy development and recommendations through the use of innovative data sources.

The Office of the General Counsel provides legal counsel and advice on a wide range of strategic, policy, and operational issues for the agency. The Office of the General Counsel is also responsible for supporting the HPC’s policy and legal work, including the development of regulations and support of agency compliance functions.

The Office of the Chief of Staff and External Affairs manages the agency’s day-to-day operations, strategic planning, and external affairs, including all media, public, legislative, intergovernmental, and stakeholder relations. Administration oversight of the HPC includes office operations, personnel and human resources, fiscal management, special projects, public events, and the Summer Fellowship Program.

 

Qualifications:

Minimum entrance requirements: 

Applicants must currently be enrolled full-time in a Master’s, PhD, law, or medical program. All applicants must have prior internship or fellowship experience and strong written and oral communication skills.

The ideal Fellow is a strong problem-solver, a clear and concise writer of technical and policy content, and has an ability to understand stakeholder perspectives. Successful candidates will be collaborative, entrepreneurial, self-motivated, and passionate about health policy.

Comments:

Fellows will be expected to work full time for ten weeks spanning from June 4, 2018 to August 17, 2018. Fellows will be paid $15/hour for a total summer payment of up to $5,625. Fellows will be required to sign a contract regarding the obligations of the program.

Candidates who are called for an interview will be required to provide three references during the interview process on a form provided by the HPC. A background check will be completed on the recommended candidate. 

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