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HEALTH POLICY ANALYST ADVANCED

Recruitment #21-002420-0002

GRADE

18

LOCATION OF POSITION

MDH/Office of the Deputy Secretary for Health Care Financing, Medical Care Programs/Innovation, Research and Development, Baltimore, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

This position will provide health program and policy leadership and support to the Innovation, Research, and Development (IRD) Program in the Maryland Department of Health (MDH)'s Office of the Deputy Secretary for Health Care Financing. This position will also provide expert consultation and technical advice on Medicaid-related policies, while developing position papers and other reports to the Director and Deputy Director of IRD.

This position will initiate, plan, design, and execute projects overseen by IRD for the Medicaid Program, including new initiatives mandated by State or federal legislation, statute, or regulations, as well as those required for day-to-day operations of the Medicaid Program. This position will be responsible for the evaluation of existing programs and initiatives. This position will also provide technical advice and guidance to lower-level Health Policy Analysts, including reviewing their work for validity and reliability of findings, interpretations, conclusions, recommendations, and final reports.

Additionally, this position will provide subject matter expertise in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of high-priority projects in the Medicaid program, and provide information to Senior Managers and Policymakers on issues related to health care services, financing and regulation. This position will be responsible for subject matter expertise in the areas of Telehealth and Collaborative Care, as well as for leading assessment and abatement for vulnerable Medicaid participants served through the two Health Services Initiatives authorized under the CHIP State Plan Amendment: the Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids Program and the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention & Environmental Case Management Program.

The position will have an external component as well, as he/she will attend stakeholder meetings; internal program and staff meetings; conference calls; and, committee meetings on various topics. The position will be responsible for both leading and supporting the development of accurate responses to information requests from legislative offices, the press, the Governor of Maryland, and other external groups. In addition, this position will analyze federal and State legislation, as required.

Furthermore, this position will serve as the Lead Analyst and provide oversight of authorization for the release of Medicaid data to other State agencies, researchers, and external stakeholders. This position will provide subject matter expertise, with respect to and ensuring compliance with, HIPAA, 42-CFR Part 2, and privacy law. To add on, this position will be responsible for a variety of duties, including the oversight of the Data Use Agreement (DUA) process and the leadership of other lower-level Health Policy Analysts who are responsible for the drafting of DUAs, business associate agreements and other documents, as needed.

Finally, this position will be responsible for designing and executing improvements to the data-sharing process, including the evaluation of procedures implemented by other states; the implementation of innovations designed to improve efficiency; and, the mitigation of risk to the Medicaid Program by limiting the release of sensitive data. This position will serve as a lead liaison with the department’s Data Warehouse vendor, which will include authorizing the release of data to third parties, negotiating the scope of work, and developing agreements.

This position will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day data sharing operations, including ensuring that data recipients are engaged in the MDH's IRB process, where appropriate agreements are tracked, renewed, or timely terminated.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Three years of experience evaluating, analyzing, researching, and developing health care services, policies and programs.

Notes:

1. A Master's degree in Health Sciences, Health Care Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, or a closely-related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

2. A PhD in Health Sciences, Health Care Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, or a closely-related field may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The desired candidate should have experience overseeing the release of data to outside sources, as well as experience implementing the design of a program(s) and grant writing for a Medicaid program. 

The desired candidate should possess a J.D. and be familiar with both HIPAA and contracts.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application, based on your education, training and experience, as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. 

Please report all related education, experience, dates, and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this, or other, State agencies.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload. If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to, 410-333-5689. Only additional materials which are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division, at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, at 410-767-4850 or Application.Help@maryland.gov

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service, at 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.