The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) seeks a health policy analyst to serve on the Commission’s staff.
MedPAC is a small, nonpartisan support agency established by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (P.L. 105-33) to provide independent policy and technical advice to the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. MedPAC analyzes and reports on all aspects of Medicare payment policy and is frequently called upon by the Congress to provide expert testimony and technical assistance during development of legislation.
The candidate chosen for the position will evaluate current and alternative Medicare payment policies, develop options for consideration by the Commission, and present their work in public meetings. They will provide technical support as needed to Congressional committees through memos and briefings. The analyst must be able to frame policy questions, develop research plans, and simulate the effect of payment policies. They must be willing to work both independently and as part of a team. A willingness to work in a nonpartisan environment is essential.
A successful candidate for this position will be able to:
- Analyze Medicare policies affecting payments to health care providers and plans, identify issues of relevance to the Congress, develop policy options and evaluate their implications.
- Investigate complex issues related to Medicare’s payment policies and synthesize quantitative and qualitative information.
- Research federal regulations or similar sources on Medicare’s policies affecting health care providers and develop familiarity with academic literature on Medicare’s payment policies specific to a provider sector (e.g., hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, physicians, managed care plans, etc.).
- Conduct original quantitative analyses. The ability to conduct primary data analysis using statistical software (e.g., SAS, Stata, etc.), is strongly preferred but not a prerequisite for the position.
- Provide and receive constructive feedback.
Writing and communications skills
- Ability to produce high-quality written work on time.
- Strong speaking skills to present research at MedPAC’s public meetings. The ideal candidate will be able to communicate complex technical concepts and analyses to both technical and nontechnical audiences.
Education and experience
- A graduate degree in economics, health services research, public policy, public health, health administration, or related field. Candidates without a graduate degree who have at least 7 years of relevant experience will also be considered.
- Experience analyzing health care policy, either in a professional setting (such as federal or state government, a policy research organization, an insurer or health plan, or a health care provider organization) or as part of graduate coursework, with preference for specific experience analyzing Medicare payment issues.
Work location and schedule
This is a full-time position based in downtown Washington, DC. Interested applicants should be available to work in the office three days per week with flexibility to attend other in-person events as needed. MedPAC staff have flexibility for telework twice per week, and other times as needed.
Salary and benefits
Salaries at MedPAC are competitive with those at other organizations and are commensurate with experience, education, and other qualifications. MedPAC offers excellent benefits and a collegial, collaborative, respectful work environment.
How to apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The writing sample should demonstrate the ability to clearly communicate analysis of a health policy issue.
References will not be contacted without prior approval from the applicant
Must be a U.S. citizen.