Health Policy Analyst

Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) Published: July 3, 2017
Boston, MA
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Health Policy Analyst


Location: Boston, MA

Department: The Center for Health Information and Analysis

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level

CHIA's mission is to be the agency of record for Massachusetts health care information, to responsibly steward sensitive and confidential data, and to objectively report reliable and meaningful information about the quality, affordability, utilization, access, and outcomes of the Massachusetts health care system.

CHIA’s Health Analytics and Finance (HAF) unit is seeking a Health Policy Analyst to support the development of data-driven pricing policy. Pricing policy determines the level of payments made to health care providers by state agencies, including the Commonwealth’s Medicaid program (MassHealth).

In fiscal year 2017, the Commonwealth spent over $1 billion on MassHealth Fee-for-Service (FFS) per diem payments to nursing facilities, serving older adults, as well as children and adults living with disabilities. The Health Policy Analyst will support the implementation of the FFS rates, which includes conducting analysis on Long Term Care (LTC) costs and utilization, reviewing other supporting financial documentation, and presenting recommendations to stakeholders. The analyst will also be responsible for assisting in the enhancement of data collection, maintenance, and reporting processes to maximize program efficiency and sustainability. This position reports to the HAF unit’s Director of Policy.

This position will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.  The full time salary range for this position is $55,017.30 - $78,762.58 annually.

Specifically, the Health Policy Analyst will:

  • Calculate and implement rates of payments for nursing and residential care facilities through data analytics, financial reviews, written recommendations, and engagement with external stakeholders, including providers and other state agencies;
  • Learn all aspects of LTC pricing policy and, in collaboration with other team members, create a process sustainability program through written documentation;
  • Identify opportunities to improve process efficiency, proposing and implementing innovative solutions;
  • Ensure rates of payment are in compliance with Executive Office of Human Services (EOHHS) regulations and policies;
  • Serve as a subject matter resource to support a variety of financial and analytic projects across the unit and agency;
  • Participate in stakeholder meetings and training sessions with nursing and residential care  providers and other state agencies (the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Department of Public Health, Department of Transitional Assistance, etc.);
  • Participate in cross-unit workgroups to enhance data management and analysis approaches;
  • Implement quality assurance protocols to ensure accurate results; and
  • Work independently as well as with team members in tracking completion of project components and meeting deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications:

The Health Policy Analyst must be self-motivated, an analytical and strategic thinker, and possess creativity and intellectual curiosity. The Health Policy Analyst should also be able to demonstrate:

  • Working knowledge of the Massachusetts health care system;
  • Proficiency using various software applications, including but not limited to, Microsoft Excel, Word, Access and PowerPoint, SAS, R, or other statistical analysis applications;
  • Familiarity with data analysis techniques and approaches;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment;
  • Ability to manage workload to simultaneously advance several projects with overlapping deadlines; and
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and experience levels.



Applicant must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time professional experience in business administration, health care planning or administration, public health policy or administration, human services policy analyses or administration, economics, or a similar field; or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in health care administration, hospital administration, public health or health services administration, accounting, business administration, business management, public policy, public administration, economics, or similar degree may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required experience.*

II. A graduate degree with a major in health care administration, hospital administration, public health or health services administration, accounting, business administration, business management, public policy, public administration, economics, or a similar degree may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
BARGAINING UNIT: 06 NAGE, Reimbursement Systems Analyst II

CHIA is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Tonya Bourassa 617-701-8127.

In compliance with federal laws, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.


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Published On: July 11, 2017 |
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