JOE - May 2012

Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)
Senior Health Economist
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Senior Health Economist
Section: 5 -- Full-Time Nonacademic
Location: Washington, DC, USA
JEL Classifications:
C -- Mathematical and Quantitative Methods
H5 -- National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
I1 -- Health
Deadline Date: 05/31/2012

JOE ID Number: 201205_397081

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) seeks a health economist to serve as a senior analyst on the Commission's staff.

MedPAC is a nonpartisan federal agency that advises the U.S. Congress on Medicare payments to health care providers, and issues affecting access to and quality of care received by Medicare beneficiaries. MedPAC analytic staff members evaluate Medicare policies, develop options for consideration by the Commission, and present their work in regular public meetings. They provide technical support as needed to Congressional committees through memos and briefings. MedPAC publishes its recommendations and supporting analyses in two annual reports to the Congress and in other reports.

Senior analysts must be able to frame policy questions and develop research plans. They must be able to work independently or as part of a team, taking or giving direction as needed for a particular project.

Analytical skills:
--Ability to perform quantitative analysis of Medicare data, cognizant of its policy environment and implications. The ideal candidate should be able to identify quantitative methods appropriate to apply to data to analyze a given policy question, and execute such analyses.
--Economic and econometric modeling (e.g., theoretical models, forecasting models, etc).
--Basic and advanced statistical methods (e.g., multivariate regressions, instrumental variable analysis).
--In-depth familiarity with relevant economic and health policy analytic literature.
--Ability to research varied topics as needed by the Commission.

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 doctorate degree in economics, with an emphasis in health care. We may consider exceptionally qualified candidates at the master's level.
--At minimum of five years of post-graduate experience with federal or state government, a policy research organization, an academic department, insurer or health plan, or a health care provider or provider association.
--A record of peer reviewed publications is advantageous, but not a requirement.

U.S. citizenship required. Salary commensurate with experience.
Application Instructions:

To apply, please send a resume or curriculum vita by June 15, 2012, to, or mail to: James Mathews, Deputy Director, MedPAC, 601 New Jersey Ave, NW, Suite 9000, Washington, DC 20001.

Email for Applications:
FAX for Applications: 202-220-3759
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