Policy Analyst - Health

American Institutes For Research Columbia , MD 21044

Posted 2 months ago


AIR Health is seeking a confident, self-motivated, and creative Policy Analyst to join AIR's Health Division in the Payment Innovation Transformation Systems Program Area. The Policy Analyst will contribute to work that impacts the health care of millions of Americans. The candidate should have a strong working knowledge of the requirements and operations of current health care policy priorities, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), value-based care models, and health care quality initiatives. Ideally, the candidate will have experience with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The policy analyst will lead tasks related to AIR Health's work with the CMS. In addition, the candidate will be expected to participate in business development opportunities at the federal and state levels and mentor more junior policy analysts.

Candidates hired for the position might initially start working remotely but will eventually have the option to work from one of our U.S. office locations or continue to work remotely based in the U.S.

About AIR:

Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We advance evidence in the areas of education, health, the workforce, human services, and international development to create a better, more equitable world.

AIR's commitment to diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations, and work environment. At AIR, we define diversity broadly, considering everyone's unique life and community experiences. We believe that embracing diverse perspectives, abilities/disabilities, racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds, styles, ages, genders, gender identities and expressions, education backgrounds, and life stories drives innovation and employee engagement. Learn more about AIR's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy and hear from our staff by clicking here.


The responsibilities for the position include:

  • Review and interpret regulatory and sub-regulatory guidance.

  • Develop education materials that clearly explain policy requirements to various stakeholders.

  • Leverage policy knowledge to provide input into program operations.

  • Collaborate with a team of policy analysts and technical assistance support staff to accomplish client-facing project/task milestones on time and within budget and represent the project team at stakeholder and client meetings.

  • Mentor and train junior analysts and technical assistance support staff to develop their subject matter expertise and skills in policy analysis, interpretation, and implementation.

  • Develop project work plans and manage the execution of these work plans, including communicating technical and budget risks to project leadership.

  • Manage and contribute to the development and writing of technical reports and public-facing content, tailored to the client and customer needs.

  • Develop and conduct presentations to government clients.

  • Proactively identify ideas for innovation and strategies to implement innovations.

  • Participate in business development activities, including writing technical responses and supporting federal and state capture planning activities.


Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree with 6+ years of experience or Master's Degree and 4+ years of experience in health management, health policy, public health, or a related field

  • At least 5 to 7 years of full-time related consulting or policy-oriented professional experience.

  • Extensive familiarity with CMS, the ACA, and Medicare-specific value-based care policy and programs

  • Extensive familiarity with Medicare payment policy and Medicare program structure and operations.

  • Experience with managing the development and implementation of operational processes and standard operating procedures to support CMS.

  • Experience managing client relationships and managing projects.

  • Experience collaborating with and mentoring a team of policy analysts and technical assistance support staff.

  • Experience effectively managing competing priorities under tight deadlines.

  • Experience with consulting or working with client-based projects.

  • Experience working on multiple projects/tasks simultaneously.

  • Experience interpreting policy for various stakeholders and producing clear, succinct, and actionable content to support policy implementation.

  • Familiarity with MACRA and the QPP is ideal but not required

  • Experience in rule writing, producing comments, or responding to comments is preferred but not required.


  • Demonstrated subject matter expertise in Medicare-funded value-based care policy and programs.

  • Self-motivated achiever who identifies opportunities to drive value and takes the initiative to lead solutions.

  • Ability to exercise strong attention to detail, problem solving, and organizational skills. Includes the ability to produce consistent, high-quality deliverables while meeting tight deadlines.

  • Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate complex technical material succinctly and accurately using plain language.

  • Expert policy analysis skills, including the ability to review and interpret regulatory and sub-regulatory guidance.

  • Ability to analyze policy documents and produce technical assistance materials, such as webinars, presentations, and frequently asked questions (FAQs).

  • Ability to analyze and synthesize findings to develop valuable insights and strategic recommendations for the client.

  • Excellent people skills with a customer service-oriented approach, and a focus on building relationships with the client, project team, and other contractors from diverse backgrounds.

  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team in a fast-paced environment. Includes the ability to be flexible to meet project priorities.

  • Ability to think creatively and work on teams to develop innovative ideas for new and existing clients.

  • Ability to apply project management principles to assist the team through each phase of the project.


AIR requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a legally required exemption from AIR, as a condition of employment. AIR will ask candidates to verify their vaccination status only after a conditional offer of employment is made. Applicants should not provide information about their vaccination status or need for exemption prior to receiving a conditional offer of employment from AIR

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position. Depending on project work, qualified candidates may need to meet certain residency requirements.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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