Policy Specialist/Policy Analyst, Aging and Disability Studies

The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is seeking a Policy Specialist or Policy Analyst, to join its Aging and Disability 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 repository 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. Hilltop’s Aging and Disability Studies team works with the Medicaid program and the Developmental Disabilities Administration within the Maryland Department of Health as well as other state agencies to improve access to long-term services and supports (LTSS) and advance new service delivery and financing models for people with chronic conditions and disabilities. The team also conducts aging and disability research in collaboration with faculty at UMBC and other institutions.  Hilltop seeks professionals with exceptional quantitative research skills, a keen interest in federal and state health policy, and a passion for advancing the health and wellbeing of people and communities through research and policy.

The Policy Specialist/Policy Analyst will be responsible for supporting quantitative research and data analytics related to aging and disability and the delivery and financing of LTSS. Specific duties include:

  • For Maryland Medicaid and other state agency clients, conducting statistical analysis, modeling, and advanced analytics using large data sets, including performing data linkages at the individual level (e.g., Medicaid and Medicare administrative data, nursing home assessment data, and/or data from the LTSSMaryland reporting system)
  • Developing and producing operational reports for Maryland Medicaid on program enrollment, provider participation, service utilization and costs, and quality measures
  • Managing data collection for Medicaid pilot programs to facilitate provider reimbursement, program monitoring, and evaluation
  • For faculty-led quantitative research, contributing to the development of research questions, methodological approach, and proposal preparation; participating on project teams for funded proposals
  • Developing interactive data presentations and visualizations for data.hilltopinstitute.org  
  • Developing, administering, and analyzing web-based surveys of providers, program participants, and stakeholders using online survey tools
  • Conducting structured interviews and literature reviews to inform research questions and methodologies
  • Participating on multi-disciplinary internal and external project teams that include SAS programmers, policy analysts, project management specialists, and researchers
  • Preparing reports, memoranda, and meeting minutes; contributing to issue briefs, presentations, and articles for peer-reviewed journals
  • Performing other duties as assigned
The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Date Posted: 
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Date Closing: 
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
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Full or Part Time: 
Full Time