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Policy Associate, Accountable Care

Work daily to advance the goal of better health and better care – at a lower cost – across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts!

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The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks an exceptional and motivated Policy Associate for the Accountable Care team. This is a terrific opportunity for a healthcare professional to support the HPC’s statutory charge to develop and implement state certification programs for Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), to promote the integration of behavioral health with primary care, and to develop model payment standards to support these care delivery models. 

The successful applicant will work with the HPC’s Accountable Care team to advance care delivery transformation in the Commonwealth by developing a coordinated strategy, partnering with senior policymakers at other state agencies, and collaborating with the leaders of reforms in the payer and provider communities.  The applicant will also support the team in promoting health care delivery transformation by identifying policy drivers of and barriers to transformation, implementing strategic projects and designing investment programs to address policy priorities, and disseminating lessons learned from HPC investment and certification programs. 

The Policy Associate will report to the Manager of Quality and Payment Strategy and the Policy Director of Care Delivery Transformation and Strategy.

Duties of this position may include, at minimum:

  • Support the development and implementation of a robust learning and dissemination program to report on valuable lessons learned from the HPC’s care delivery transformation activities and investments
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data collected through the ACO certification program to produce resources for publication
  • Support the development of technical assistance programs for ACOs and their community partners
  • Draft and update certification program materials, including standards and informational communications for stakeholders
  • Review certification applications to determine if they meet the required standards
  • Research other state and national approaches to implementing ACOs, alternative payment models, and other care delivery and payment innovations
  • Assist in the coordination of the ACO and PCMH certification programs and other internal care delivery transformation projects with support from other state agencies
  • Support other interagency workstreams as needed, including quality measurement alignment, digital health partnerships, and behavioral health integration

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC), established in 2012, is an independent state agency charged with monitoring health care spending growth in Massachusetts and providing data-driven policy recommendations regarding health care delivery and payment system reform. Key activities include setting the health care cost growth benchmark; monitoring provider and payer performance relative to the health care cost growth benchmark; creating standards for care delivery systems that are accountable to better meet patients’ medical, behavioral, and social needs; analyzing the impact of health care market transactions on cost, quality, and access; and investing in community health care delivery and innovations. The HPC's 11-member Board provides oversight to the activities of the agency. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of three years relevant experience or a graduate degree that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in the duties of the position.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills and ability to be flexible in prioritizing tasks.
  • Excellent analytic and communication skills, including an ability to organize information and concepts clearly, concisely, and logically to tailor communication for various audiences.
  • A commitment to affordable, high quality health care for all Massachusetts residents through care delivery transformation. 
  • Experience and a strong interest in designing and implementing public policy and/or programs, including working with external stakeholders, setting up operational systems, project management, developing informational/ promotional materials, and/or conducting program evaluation activities.  
  • Working knowledge of the Massachusetts health care system, including the organization and operations of health care provider systems.
  • An individual of unquestioned ethics and professionalism, with an interest in public service.

Experience working in a public department or agency will be strongly considered. Salary is commensurate with experience. The HPC may adjust title and responsibilities depending on the experience, education, and expertise of the individual selected. 

Total Compensation:

As employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Health Policy Commission staff are offered a great career opportunity working toward the goal of better health and better care at a lower cost across the Commonwealth – but it's more than just a paycheck. The state's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which should be considered toward overall compensation, including:

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive sick, vacation, and personal time
  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium
  • Reasonable health, dental, and vision plans offered through the Group Insurance Commission
  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
  • Low-cost basic and optional life insurance
  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
  • Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
  • Extended sick leave program participation
  • Professional development and continuing education opportunities
  • Qualified employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Our Commitment:

The HPC is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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