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Policy Associate, Market Performance

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 Market Performance team. This is a terrific opportunity for a health care professional to support the HPC’s ground-breaking work to increase the transparency of and improve the functioning of the health care market.

The successful applicant will work with the HPC’s Market Performance team to help manage discrete components of Cost and Market Impact Reviews (CMIR) and support our first-in-the-nation Massachusetts Registration of Provider Organizations (MA-RPO) Program.  For examples of the Market Performance team’s work, see our Cost and Market Impact Review (CMIR) final reports on significant market transactions.

Candidates must be results-oriented with the ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously to consistently meet deadlines and client expectations. The best candidates will demonstrate superior attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, an understanding or interest in the existing Massachusetts healthcare landscape, and exceptional written and verbal communication skills.   

The Policy Associate will work closely with managers on the Market Performance team, under the leadership of the Policy Director for Market Performance.

Duties of this position may include, at minimum:

  • Assisting with the development of Data Submission Manuals outlining the registration requirements for the MA-RPO Program;
  • Reviewing Provider Organizations’ MA-RPO Program materials for accuracy and completeness and working with the organizations’ dedicated contacts to resolve issues that arise;  
  • Creating communications that describe the MA-RPO Program, including presentations for HPC Board and Committee meetings and training materials for registering Provider Organizations;
  • Analyzing data received through the RPO Program and producing reports, papers, maps and other analyses to be released publicly;
  • Managing discrete components of a CMIR, such as executing analyses of cost, market, quality, and/or access impact. This includes reviewing relevant data and documents, developing quantitative and qualitative analyses with expert support, and assisting in stakeholder engagement;
  • Assisting in the preparation of CMIR or other market monitoring reports, including drafting substantive text and conducting necessary legal and factual checks;
  • Analyzing notices of market changes and presenting findings to colleagues and senior staff;
  • Assisting in the development of other analyses and written work products related to the Market Performance team’s monitoring of the health care market; and
  • Assisting with administrative tasks including processing data and documents from market participants, scheduling meetings, and editing drafts.

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 of relevant experience or a graduate degree encompassing a health care curriculum and/or law degree that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in the duties of the position.
  • Self-motivation, the ability to balance multiple and competing priorities and deadlines, excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and strong critical thinking and strategic problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent analytic and communication skills, including the ability to communicate both technical and policy content and prepare program materials for diverse audiences.
  • Experience developing and operationalizing a new program and/or conducting quantitative analysis of the health care market.
  • A strong understanding of the existing Massachusetts healthcare landscape.
  • Experience working with or for Massachusetts state agencies and/or experience working with Massachusetts healthcare market participants (provider, payer, and purchaser).
  • An interest in health care transactions or payer-provider contracting practices.
  • A strong interest in public service and working to advance affordable, high-quality health care for all Massachusetts residents.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.

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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