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Acumen, LLC

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Policy Associate

JOE ID Number: 2020-02_111466000
Date Posted: 11/11/2020
Date Inactive: 01/31/2021
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Policy Associate
Section: Full-Time Nonacademic
Locations: Burlingame, California, UNITED STATES
Washington, District of Columbia, UNITED STATES
Los Angeles, California, UNITED STATES
JEL Classification: I1 -- Health
Health Economics
Health Policy
Payment Policy
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
value-based purchasing
real-time policy monitoring and evaluation
drug safety
drug pricing
expenditure forecasting
comparative effectiveness research
outcomes measurement
Full Text of JOE Listing:

Acumen, LLC/The SPHERE Institute seek new and experienced Ph.D. candidates for our Policy Associate/Senior Policy Associate positions. The ideal candidate will lead as well as support our research staff in data analysis and writing tasks for current and future contracts with government agencies. We are looking for individuals interested in monitoring and improving public health policy by conducting quantitative analyses, interacting with clients, writing reports, and directing statistical programmers. The successful candidate will have opportunities to manage projects, support proposal writing, and manage priorities and staff in a high growth, fast-paced environment. Strong econometric modeling skills and experience with large administrative datasets is preferred.

Acumen LLC/The SPHERE Institute has expertise in topics such as: value-based purchasing, real-time policy monitoring and evaluation, drug safety, drug pricing, expenditure forecasting, comparative effectiveness research, and outcomes measurement for various health and welfare programs. We contract with government agencies including:
--Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
--Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
--Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
-- Department of Justice (DOJ)
-- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
--Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
--Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)
--Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC)
--California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS)

A small sampling of our current work includes:
--Monitoring and evaluating pay-for-performance in Medicare
--Performing post-market surveillance of drugs and biologics
--Designing and evaluating Medicare payment policies
--Identifying fraud, waste, and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid
--Modeling and evaluating the effects of the Affordable Care Act on federal and state health insurance markets
--Simulating Medicare cost savings in response to prospective coverage policies in the Part D drug prescription program
--Monitoring real-time changes in healthcare utilization and provider revenue during the COVID-19 public health emergency

Acumen LLC/The SPHERE Institute offer a wide array of benefits. Salary is negotiable based on education and experience.

Acumen is headquartered in in Burlingame, CA, about 15 miles south of San Francisco. We also have growing offices in Los Angeles, CA and Washington, D.C. Additional information is available at:

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Application Requirements:
  • External Application URL and Instructions Below
  • Letters of Reference Instructions Below
Application deadline: 01/31/2021
Reference Instructions:
Please have Letters of Recommendations emailed to
Application Instructions:
To apply, please visit Please upload your CV, Job Market/Research Paper, and Cover Letter with your application. Applications without a CV and, a Job Market/Research Paper, and a Cover Letter will not be considered.
Please have Letters of Recommendations emailed to