Opportunities at NASHP

Are you looking for a great entry level opportunity to assist states in developing health policy? Then consider joining the NASHP team! We are looking for talented individuals to join our organization as Research Analysts. NASHP is a nonpartisan forum of policymakers throughout state governments, learning, leading and implementing innovative solutions to health policy challenges. Our work is organized into several policy teams including Population Health, Emerging Policy Issues, Chronic and Vulnerable Populations, Child and Family Health, and Long Term Services and Supports, and several of these teams currently have openings for Research Analysts. More information and to apply.

Opportunities in the States

Associate Director of the Division of Regulations and Policy Management – Department of Health Care Finance
The Supervisory Policy Analyst position is located in DC Department of Health Care Finance, Health Care Policy and Research Administration. The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring that the DHCF maintains the Medicaid State Plan, which governs eligibility, scope of benefits and reimbursement policies for the District’s Medicaid; and initiates, amends, and or negotiates waivers of the Medicaid program, and represents the DHCF with federal agencies, including CMS, OMS and the Social Security Administration. Provides for the effective administration of special projects as well as oversees and reviews the State Plan, and provides for policy and procedural documents that may become amendments to the State Plan. Implements, develops and evaluates the activities of the Division to ensure compliance with federal and District laws and rules, policies and procedures and the Medicaid State Plan. Reviews all Home and Community Based, 1115 and 1915(b) waivers and waiver amendments. Oversees the submission process of all Department waivers to CMS. Oversee production and submission of District’s Medicaid rules conforming to the State Plan. More information and to apply.

Policy Analyst – The Hilltop Institute
The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is a nationally recognized policy and research center dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations. This position is in Hilltop’s Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Policy and Research Unit, which is experiencing growth in both its client base and project portfolio. Hilltop works with the Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland Health Care Commission, and the Developmental Disabilities Administration to develop new Medicaid LTSS delivery and financing models for people with chronic conditions and disabilities and has been assisting the state with LTSS reform. Hilltop also provides analytic and research support to the Maryland Center on Developmental Disabilities as well as multiple clinical initiatives through Johns Hopkins University. The incumbent will be responsible for carrying out research, policy, and statistical analysis related to LTSS for older adults and individuals with disabilities. More information and to apply.

Senior Policy Analyst – The Hilltop Institute
The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is seeking a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst to join its Medicaid Policy 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 warehouse 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. The Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst will be responsible for carrying out policy research and quantitative analysis aimed at improving access to and the quality of health care services for low-income and disadvantaged populations, including Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. More information and to apply.

Data Manager – The Hilltop Institute
The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is seeking a Data Manager/Programmer or Data Manager/Specialist to join its Technology Innovation team. Hilltop is a university-based, non-partisan research organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations. Hilltop conducts research, policy analysis, and sophisticated data analytics to support health care financing and delivery system reform in Maryland and other states. The incumbent will assume a prominent role in the growth of Hilltop’s data science capabilities. As a key member of the Technology Innovation team, s/he will be responsible for managing Hilltop’s repository of health care data sets and will be the administrator of Hilltop’s data management solutions. More information and to apply.

Senior Program Manager, Betsy Lehman Center – Center For Health Information And Analysis
The Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety is a small, dynamic agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that fosters a statewide program of research, data analysis and information-sharing aimed at engaging health care agencies, providers, and consumers in initiatives that enhance the safety and quality of patient care in the state.  The Center, named for a Boston Globe health columnist who died in 1994 from a preventable medical error, was re-established by Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation. It is supported by and shares space with the state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA). The Betsy Lehman Center seeks a creative, resourceful, experienced senior program manager to guide projects and initiatives aimed at increasing the understanding of and developing actionable pathways to improve the safety of health care in the Commonwealth. This is a full-time position based in the Center’s office at 501 Boylston Street, Boston MA.  More information and to apply.

Financial Officer – Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Medicaid
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic forward-thinking, self-directed, innovative professional with strong analytical skills who can excel under pressure as a Financial Officer. This individual will report to the Division Administrator and will have primary responsibility for forecasting and developing the Medicaid budget. This includes directing and performing complex financial analysis and accounting for the Division of Medicaid. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is seeking an individual with executive leadership experience, strong communication and problem-solving skills including managing multiple programs, dealing with ambiguity, and providing vision and strategic leadership in a public environment. The ideal candidate will also have prior experience in healthcare finance, be adept at cultivating strong stakeholder relations, and have an adept ability to manage budget issues that are complex, diverse, and cross multiple subject areas. More information and to apply.

Manager, Office of Child Health Policy & Advocacy – Nemours
The position’s main focus will be leading policy and advocacy efforts in designated areas to support Nemours’ mission of helping every child grow up healthy.  The Manager will be part of a very collaborative team and must be comfortable working closely with team members to achieve common goals. Specific responsibilities will include: research and analysis of policy issues and innovative health care models across the country; development of policy recommendations, policy briefs and Congressional testimony; analyzing and drafting legislative language and regulatory comments; convening meetings and briefings of key organizations or leaders in the field; direct federal lobbying with Congress and the Administration; developing strategies and tactics to advance Nemours’ policy and advocacy goals at the federal level; and working with internal and external stakeholders to implement these plans. The Manager will be responsible for identifying opportunities for fostering and maintaining strategic partnerships with other advocacy groups, stakeholders, government agency staff and Congressional staff, as well as cultivating relationships with partners across Nemours to advance the goals of the Enterprise. The Manager will collaborate within the National Office and across the Nemours enterprise to leverage policy and practice expertise and provide leadership and support in the development and implementation of strategic decisions and plans for the National Office. Portfolio areas are likely to include: Medicaid, CHIP, value-based payment models, mental health, children’s hospital issues and population health/social determinants. More information and to apply.

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