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Senior Research Analyst, Acute Care Policy and Research Unit

DATE POSTED:24-JUNE-09
POSITION TITLE:Senior Research Analyst, Acute Care Policy and Research Unit (Job #6-ACP)
CATEGORY:Professional
PERSONNEL STATUS:Exempt, Full time, Grant Funded
DEPARTMENT:The Hilltop Institute
CLOSING DATE:Open until filled
THE ORGANIZATION:The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is a nationally recognized research center dedicated to improving the health and social outcomes of vulnerable populations. Formed in 1994 in a unique collaboration with the Maryland Medicaid program, Hilltop has grown to address issues that touch upon not only Medicaid, but also other publicly administered programs such as aging services, public health, Medicare, behavioral health, oral health, state coverage initiatives, and federally funded AIDS initiatives. Hilltop conducts research, analysis, and evaluation not only for Maryland state agencies, but also for other states that currently include New Mexico, Rhode Island and New Jersey, the federal government, national philanthropic foundations, and non-profit organizations. Hilltop has nationally renowned expertise in Medicaid and in improving publicly funded health care systems. Hilltop's interdisciplinary team of professionals includes clinicians, economists, attorneys, financial analysts, social scientists, and SAS programmers. Hilltop staff members have extensive experience in health services delivery, data systems design, and public policy analysis. Hilltop is committed to addressing complex issues through informed, objective, and innovative research and analytics. For more on The Hilltop Institute, go to www.hilltopinstitute.org.

This position is in the Acute Care Policy and Research Unit at Hilltop. Working through the unit, Hilltop researchers and analysts have assisted state, regional and local public health agencies in the development and expansion of publically funded insurance coverage initiatives and health services systems; in the analysis of reimbursement and sustainability strategies currently used by safety net providers; and in the evaluation of healthcare reform efforts. For example, Hilltop assisted the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in preparing the initial federal waiver and drafting of regulations for HealthChoice, Maryland's Medicaid managed care program. Hilltop also provided the analysis supporting the Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP) waiver and the recent expansion for Maryland adults with low-incomes. Hilltop additionally has provided analytic support directed at coverage expansions to the national program office of the State Coverage Initiatives and to several states.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The incumbent will work in Hilltop's Acute Care Policy and Research Unit and provide technical and analytic support to other individuals at Hilltop, as well as to Hilltop's clients. Working in cross-functional teams comprised of clinicians, researchers, analysts, and programmers, the individual will:
  • Analyze the policy options available to states to revise and improve Medicaid eligibility, coverage, benefit design, and related policy issues, including analyzing the approaches taken in other states and the effects of various potential options (waivers, state plan amendments, etc.)
  • Make policy recommendations and support the development of Medicaid waiver programs for acute care
  • Make policy recommendations to states, foundations, and other Hilltop clients regarding the implications to existing programs of potential federal health care reform efforts
  • Work with clients to identify emerging policy issues in acute care for vulnerable populations, conduct objective policy analysis, and formulate policy options
  • Work with Maryland and other states to reform the acute care system through research, policy analysis, program development and implementation, and evaluation
  • Provide support for qualitative and quantitative research in acute care, including literature reviews, internet research, primary data collection, data analysis, and preparation of analytical reports
  • Communicate research findings through reports, issue briefs, and presentations to professional audiences
  • Work in a team environment to lead and support Medicaid policy analyses pertinent to Hilltop's clients
  • Complete other work that touches on policy issues related to publically funded health insurance programs more broadly in Maryland and other states
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master's degree (Ph.D. a plus) in public policy, economics, public health, or a related field and at least four years experience in health services research, government administration and/or policy analysis. Medicaid-related experience preferred. Must have thorough knowledge of Medicaid policies regarding coverage, eligibility, waivers, delivery system design (managed care and fee-for-service), and state plan amendments. Must possess expertise in Medicaid and CHIP policy analysis.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:The ideal candidate also will possess the following professional and interpersonal competencies in addition to the minimum qualifications:
  • Experience with quantitative analysis of data sets
  • Strong analytic, research, writing, and computer skills
  • Working knowledge of managed care
  • SAS or SPSS programming experience.
SALARY:Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Position is full-time and includes full University benefits package. Note: This position is grant-funded, wherein employment is contingent upon the renewal of the grant and carries no layoff or reinstatement rights.
APPLICATION: For best consideration, submit a cover letter (indicating Job #6-ACP), resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references (resumes will be accepted until the position is filled) to: Ms. Lynne Allen, The Hilltop Institute, Sondheim Hall, Rm. 304B-2, UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250; or email to resume@hilltop.umbc.edu, Electronic submissions accepted (MS Word attachments required).
Note: Those candidates, who have already applied, need not apply again.