OVERVIEW: United Hospital Fund is an independent, nonprofit organization working to build a more effective and equitable health care system for all New Yorkers, one that is affordable and accessible, provides a better patient experience and the highest quality of care, and achieves optimal outcomes—with a special focus on the needs of the underserved. UHF’s Medicaid Institute works to achieve this vision by informing policymakers and the public on key Medicaid issues to help strengthen the program, which is a vital source of coverage and health care for more than 7 million New Yorkers. The Medicaid Institute has been at the forefront of numerous high-profile initiatives over the past few years including DSRIP Promising Practices and health equity options included in New York’s Medicaid waiver renewal efforts, the First 1,000 Days on Medicaid initiative, and children’s value-based payment reforms.
This job posting is for a research analyst to work closely with the director and senior research analyst of the Medicaid Institute. The chosen candidate will analyze data and conduct research to develop and deliver analyses focused on strengthening and improving New York’s Medicaid program. UHF encourages diverse applications from individuals with experience in health care and community health. Ideal candidates may have experience working in health care organizations, community-based organizations, or academic institutions. We also seek candidates from public health departments or other organizations that have partnered with health care organizations on access to care or Medicaid initiatives. Additional applicant experience in policy or social services will be viewed favorably. Direct experience as a Medicaid beneficiary, working in New York Medicaid, a Medicaid health plan, or in a Medicaid analytic role will also be viewed favorably. We seek a diverse pool of candidates with experience that could include direct patient/client support, provider technical assistance, project or program management, consulting, public health operations, or policy/program analysis, among other types of experience focused on improving health care delivery and addressing disparities among Medicaid members.
JOB SUMMARY: Conduct guided quantitative and qualitative analyses in collaboration with program director and senior analyst and transform these analyses into audience-friendly narrative and visual briefs, reports, presentations, and meeting materials. Examples of potential research areas include: Medicaid eligibility and enrollment, managed care, value-based payment, children’s health, primary care transformation, physical and behavioral health integration, chronic-condition management, long-term care, and health insurance markets. Day-to-day responsibilities include but are not limited to: creating internal source material on policy developments; analyzing quantitative data from primary and secondary sources and developing summaries and visual representations; planning for and participating in qualitative stakeholder interviews; conducting literature searches and reviews; planning for and staffing high-level invitational meetings and conferences; and drafting briefs and reports for publication.
1. Collect timely, policy-relevant information from program administrators, researchers, and advocates by tracking websites and attending frequent meetings, conferences, conference calls, and webinars. Analyze and summarize information for internal stakeholders (e.g., emails, detailed notes, memos, tables, and charts).
2. Develop content expertise on assigned Medicaid policy topics and/or subpopulations (e.g., eligibility and enrollment, managed care, value-based payment, children’s health, primary care transformation, physical and behavioral health integration, chronic disease management, long-term care, and health insurance markets).
3. Collaborate on tracking and analyzing state and federal Medicaid policy changes, as well as changes in care management frameworks and service delivery models. With guidance, assess the changes’ potential impacts on consumers, providers, health plans, and New York’s Medicaid program overall, by examining relevant metrics – enrollment, utilization, costs, quality, etc.
4. Identify and assemble quantitative data from primary and secondary sources (e.g., New York State’s Medicaid claims files, health insurance filings, hospital discharge databases, physician and facility databases, etc.). Analyze data using Salient Interactive Miner, Excel, and other statistical software. Collaborate on developing scope of research and methodology and prepare and maintain data files.
5. Collaborate with Medicaid Institute colleagues to engage outside data providers on research questions, methodologies, and data analyses leading to collaborative publications.
6. Prepare materials, including literature summaries, data summaries, and graphics for publications, presentations, briefings, and UHF’s web and social media presence.
7. Develop semi-structured protocols and participate in qualitative interviews with health care stakeholders, including: senior state officials; representatives from health care providers, health plans, and community-based organizations; and consumer advocates. Capture and distill information for internal and external dissemination.
8. Provide other UHF research staff with input and assistance on quantitative and qualitative analyses for various program and policy projects.
9. Collaborate on meeting planning for small group roundtables and larger conferences. Conduct topic and speaker research and prepare background materials.
10. Draft internal memos, working papers, policy briefs, and reports for publication with primary and secondary authorship. Collaborate on adapting Medicaid Institute or interdepartmental UHF work for dissemination in a variety of forums– fact sheets, poster presentations, white papers, and academic journal articles.
Minimum Education and/or Experience Required:
· Minimum of 1 year of professional experience in program development, project management, or research relevant to Medicaid, health, or low-income community needs; and
· One of the following:
o Master’s degree in health policy, public health, or health administration; or
o 2 years of experience in research, analysis, program administration, health care administration, public health, etc.
Knowledge and Ability:
1. Experience writing, researching, and analyzing;
6. Basic experience with web-based tools for data collection and aggregation (e.g., SurveyMonkey), at least one statistical programming application (e.g., SAS, SPSS, Stata, R), and/or data mapping and visualization software (e.g., ArcGIS, Tableau) is preferred; and
7. Self-starter with the ability to work well independently and in groups.
United Hospital Fund offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience combined with generous benefits, including health, dental, voluntary vision, life, and disability insurance; a tax-deferred annuity savings plan; paid time off; a commuting subsidy; collegial environment.
Applicants can apply for the Research Analyst position by visiting our career page https://uhfnyc.org/about/careers/
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United Hospital Fund is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment/staff. Applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status. All are strongly encouraged to apply.
OVERVIEW: United Hospital Fund is an independent, nonprofit organization working to build a more effective and equitable health care system for all New Yorkers, one that is affordable and accessible, provides a better patient experience…