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Position Announcements

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) represents the long term care community to the nation at large – to government, business leaders, and the general public. AHCA is a non-profit federation of affiliated state health organizations, together representing more than 10,000 assisted living, nursing facility, developmentally-disabled and subacute care providers that care for more than 1.5 million elderly and disabled individuals nationally. AHCA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, life, disability and long-term care insurance, 401(k), flexible spending accounts, flexible hours, education assistance, and more.

  • AHCA will not accept unsolicited resumes for positions not listed.
  • AHCA is an active Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V.
  • AHCA welcomes men and women regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex or disability.
  • Questions may be directed to: hr@ahca.org.                                                                               

Vice President of Research

Position Purpose:

Building and managing a comprehensive in depth AHCA research capacity.  Development and management of AHCA short and long term research agenda to enable effective and timely advocacy and management and supervision of research staff.   Further development, enhancement and management of the AHCA web-based nursing facility data collection tool and of the AHCA wide data base.   Presentation of research development and results to the AHCA leadership staff, AHCA Board of Governors and other AHCA member groups.  Supervision of staff in identifying research components within advocacy objectives.  Management of the work of outside research consultants. 

Responsibilities and Results:

  1. Manages AHCA first rate current research capacity while planning for the future research profile;
  2. Brings research, data, and statistical analysis to bear upon the development, evaluation and constructive critique of existing and emerging public programs that affect long-term care financing and performance assessment.  This would include, for example, existing Medicare and Medicaid payment systems as well as existing and emerging developments in performance assessment as they impact long-term care;
  3. Conducts and supervises quantitative and qualitative analyses of a variety of federal legislative and regulatory health financing proposals as appropriate, including the development and integration of performance measures (quality indicators) in Medicare and Medicaid payment systems.  This may include proposing new or alternative health financing methods within Medicare and Medicaid for long-term care to address identified problems in current systems;
  4. Supervises the development and evaluation of econometric modeling of health financing reform and related insurance programs in long-term care.  This should include ongoing assessment of access to quality in long-term care and improved quality
  5. Identifies research and data collection efforts needed to support long-term care policy evaluation and implement new research and data acquisition efforts.  Oversees the building of analytical data files for routine and special studies;  identifies and develops new or improved data sources to address the present, future, and emerging issues of the industry; 
  6. Conducts and directs statistical and data analysis for special one-time studies.  Supervises preparation of final data analysis and written summary reporting as required to communicate findings to multiple audiences;
  7. Provides highly technical evaluation of health financing (e.g., Medicare and Medicaid payment systems), health performance assessment, and related health research and policy assessment regarding long-term care; and
  8. Manages production of usable research/analysis results within pressing time constraints often dictated by unpredictable contingencies associated with the regulatory and legislative environment of the long term care industry. 

Education/Training:

Bachelors Degree required.  A minimum of 10 years in the health care industry at a senior business, research or institutional reimbursement position with experience in research and analysis of health financing and/or health performance assessment.   Extensive exposure to long term care and the use of relevant health care data sources in analysis. 


Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  1. Well-grounded theoretical/conceptual understanding of health systems, particularly that of long-term care;
  2. Expertise in analysis and evaluation of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement/payment policies and issues;
  3. Ability to translate complex policy issues and abstract ideas into research questions and projects, and in the provision of staff guidance on projects skills and abilities in project management at a senior level, including the management of contractors;
  4. Advanced research and statistical skills, including skills and knowledge in program evaluation, economic research and quality of care research; skills/abilities in organizing committee work and leading work groups;
  5. Advanced skills in the use of statistical software and in the ability to communicate the discuss the logic of computer programming and data management requirements with staff; excellent knowledge of the health care system and financing, health care organizations and their operations, health policy and its formulation, and the sources and uses of health data; excellent communications and writing skills/abilities;
  6. Advanced skills in the use of Medicare and Medicaid claim and cost report data, as well as other financial, clinical and operational data such as OSCAR, OSCAR ICF/MRDD, NH Compare, Medicare Claims, Medicare MedPAR, Medicare Denominator, Medicare MDS, Medicare Cost Report, Medicare enrollment, Medciaid State, CMS National Health Expenditures, Census Current Population Survey, Census Population Projection Census 2000, BLS Occupational Employment;
  7. Advanced skills in the use of statistical software packages, e.g., Work, Excel, SPSS,   SAS, DBMS Copy, Microsoft Access, and STATA;
  8. Significant communication skills, particularly in written reporting and the presentation of highly technical material. 
  9. A comprehensive knowledge of the long term care industry, e.g.,  operations, payment (Parts A, B, C, D and a potential “E”) , quality issue, pharmacy issues, therapy issues,    compliance and fraud issues etc. thereby enhancing the capability to judge the potential impact of any proposed regulatory or legislative changes.

Leadership:

  1. Effectively interact with staff and member leadership of AHCA in the process of further building and developing the research capacity and capabilities of AHCA.  Maintain relationships with counterparts in member companies;
  2. Understand the business models used by our member companies and implications for policy consensus and relationship to research design and management; and
  3. Possess the ability to communicate with leading members of the health care research community, with high level government staff including CMS staff, the staffs of the OIG and GAO, and Congressional members and staff. 

Major Challenges:

  1. To build the web based AHCA tool into a highly successfully and useful data collection and benchmarking tool;  
  2. To build the AHCA research department in to a full service research entity with the capacity and ability to maximize the efficiency of research activity and effectively balance internal and external initiatives; and
  3. To plan and build the future AHCA research department.

Interested candidates should submit resume (Word or PDF formats preferred) and cover letter to Paul McGee, Director, Human Resources at pmcgee@ahca.org or by regular mail to:

Director of Human Resources
AHCA
1201 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
hr@ahca.org
FAX: 202 842-9807

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