Center for Drug Policy Project Specialist

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POST DATE 9/13/2016
END DATE 11/4/2016

Partners HealthCare(PHS) Needham, MA

Needham, MA
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree


As a not-for-profit organization, Partners HealthCare is committed to supporting patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community by leading innovation across our system. Founded by Brigham and Womens Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners HealthCare supports a complete continuum of care including community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home care and other health-related entities. Several of our hospitals are teaching affiliates of Harvard Medical School, and our system is a national leader in biomedical research.

Were focused on a people-first culture for our systems patients and our professional family. Thats why we provide our employees with more ways to achieve their potential. Partners HealthCare is committed to aligning our employees personal aspirations with projects that match their capabilities and creating a culture that empowers our managers to become trusted mentors. We support each member of our team to own their personal developmentand we recognize success at every step.

Our employees use the Partners HealthCare values to govern decisions, actions and behaviors. These values guide how we get our work done: Patients, Affordability, Accountability & Service Commitment, Decisiveness, Innovation & Thoughtful Risk, and how we treat each other: Diversity & Inclusion, Integrity & Respect, Learning, Continuous Improvement & Personal Growth, Teamwork & Collaboration.

General Overview:

The Partners Center for Drug Policy (CDP) provides analytical resources to support the cost-effective use of medications throughout the Partners system. Specifically, the CDP collaborates with the Pharmacy Directors and multidisciplinary teams of clinicians to meet the following goals:
Forecast and manage the introduction of new high cost medications
Streamline the development and implementation of select clinical guidelines
Identify and coordinate opportunities to reduce costs
Forecast a budget for new pharmaceutical technologies
Prospectively review and assess drug utilization
Share best practices within the organization
Benchmark with nationwide high performance organizations

The Center for Drug Policy (CDP) Project Specialist, under the supervision of the Director, will support the mission of the CDP by working to achieve the aforementioned goals.

The primary objectives for the position include:
1. Conduct analyses to assess the budget impact of new drugs to the Partners system, assess adherence to Partners policies and appropriateness of drug utilization, reimbursement by third-party payers, and other analyses to support the cost-effective use of drugs across the Partners system. This will include but not be limited to determining applicable data sources, and testing various methodological approaches.
2. Produce routine monthly/quarterly as well as ad hoc reports and presentations based on analyses conducted in 1.
3. Establish contacts and strong working relationships with committees and project leaders. Critical among these include the Chief Pharmacy Officers, P&T Committee Chairs, Subject Matter Experts, and Partners Quality Safety Value, Population Health Management, and Finance. 4. Provide project management support for Partners wide committees, this will include setting agendas, taking meeting minutes, and following up on action items from meetings.
5. Perform other duties as assigned.

1.While this position has no direct financial responsibility, the incumbent will manage projects, which could result in multi-million dollar system-wide cost savings across Partners
Bachelors Degree required, Masters Degree in public health with focus on biostatistics, epidemiology, health management/policy, or other related fields strongly preferred.
3 years experience in performance analysis or program evaluation
Experience in health care setting desired/helpful

Skills, Abilities, Competencies:

Strong quantitative, analytical and technical skills:
o Advanced user of Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat
o Fluency with software including SAS, Stata, SPSS and SQL strongly preferred.
o Experience using and synthesizing large transactional databases and data warehouse, clinical and claims data strongly preferred. Experience working with ICD-9 codes, DRGs, MS-DRGs, APR-DRGs and CPT codes a plus.
Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to present complex analyses to an array of customers and stakeholders.
Excellent organizational skills, ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks and projects, and meet deadlines. Ability to flex within a dynamic organization/policy environment.
Ability to develop effective relationships with a broad array of people from different departments and organizations.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively, both independently and within a team

Working Conditions:

Position will require a great deal of reading/computer activity, CRT screens
Fast-paced environment and can be subject to tight timeframes
Requires travel to hospitals and other worksites and office locations in varied weather conditions
May require occasional weekend hours or evening hours as the needs of the organization/project dictate OFFICE IS CURRENTLY LOCATED IN NEEDHAM AND WILL BE RELOCATING TO SOMERVILLE IN DECEMBER 2016
Partners HealthCare is an Equal Opportunity Employer & by embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, military service, genetic information, and/or other status protected under law.