JOE - November 2012

American Institutes for Research
Principal Health Economist
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Principal Health Economist
Section: 5 -- Full-Time Nonacademic
Locations: Silver Spring, MD, USA
San Mateo, CA, USA
Chapel Hill, NC, USA
JEL Classifications:
I -- Health, Education, and Welfare
I1 -- Health
N3 -- Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy
Deadline Date: 00/2012

JOE ID Number: 201211_397035

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AIR's Health Program offers tremendous career opportunities at the heart of health care reform, evidence-based care and the future of public health. AIR health experts provide high-impact research, policy analysis, evaluation, communication, and technical assistance in a stable, yet growing and entrepreneurial environment. Our researchers apply diverse methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches to a variety of health issues, including health reform, delivery system improvement, health care cost and financing, performance measurement, access and disparities, and consumer engagement. AIR's Health Program offers a balance of depth, breadth, and collegiality in combination with professional development, leadership opportunities, competitive compensation, premier benefits and flexible work arrangements. Our work is mission-driven with a strong focus on improving the health and well-being of the American public, especially disadvantaged populations.

The Principal Health Economist will design and lead research and evaluation studies or technical assistance projects in the areas of health care economics, financing, and payment policy. This would include studying innovative reimbursement methods and system redesign at the payer (Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, private insurance, DoD, VA), provider (acute and long-term, inpatient and ambulatory), and consumer (beneficiary and patient) levels of analysis. Study methods will include analysis of large data sets, design and evaluation of reimbursement and financing innovations, complex statistical modeling, and simulations.
--Provide technical leadership and management of research or technical assistance projects
--Communicate the results and impact of AIR's work via participation in professional meetings, advisory panels, or publishing research results in peer-reviewed publications.
--Engage in business development activities, including identifying opportunities and strategic partnerships, cultivating relationships with existing and potential new clients, writing proposals, developing budgets, and expanding AIR Health's areas of expertise.

--Ph.D. in economics and 5+ years of related experience or a Master's degree in economics with 10+ years related experience in health economics or health care finance.
--Excellent knowledge of the organization and reimbursement of health care services in the U.S. is required.
--Candidates must have demonstrated leadership and management skills
--Successful candidates will possess business development skills, including the ability to engage in strategic thinking, identify opportunities, and obtain new funding for research and technical assistance projects.
--A strong record of project leadership, writing winning contract and grant proposals, publications, presentations, or participation in panels and workgroups is a plus.
--Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a collaborative environment are a must.
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