The Senior Healthcare Policy Analyst is responsible for bringing to COLA his/her analysis of legislative information at the state and federal level; recommending new policy, where needed, and developing multi-frontal strategies for Executives to engage in a meaningful way with key stakeholders on policy issues pertinent to quality, safety and access to clinical laboratory testing; reimbursement reform; healthcare reform and other issues as assigned.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Work on special projects as directed by the CINO which supports COLA Executives to effectively engage with key stakeholders around state and federal policy issues central to our vision, mission and goals, including our core business and diversification priorities.
- Develop strategies for continuous engagement and relationships with federal and state governmental actors (e.g. ‘Staffers’ of Congressional Committees of jurisdiction for healthcare and legislative aides).
- Identify, track and synthesize legislative and/or regulatory trends as assigned. Thoroughly identify and distinguish major policy threats and opportunities at the state and federal level.
- Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to advance continuous engagement and value creation with state medical and specialty society organizations.
- Develop vision, content and rationale for new policy primers and policy-focused white papers that raise the visibility of COLA’s priorities and voice for quality, safety and patient access to laboratory testing and other issues as assigned.
- Support regulatory initiatives related to our deeming relationships at the state and federal level.
- Support the regulatory specialist in the Accreditation Division with information regarding current and evolving state regulations related to our accreditation criteria.
- Develop and maintain a database of COLA’s federal and state contacts for legislative and regulatory issues.
- Prepare summary information on policy issues for Board reports and educational content such as webinars.
- Attend industry segment tradeshows, conferences and association meetings as appropriate.
- Prepare information, as assigned, for the CINO and other product/service development teams related to key policy trends as drivers, enablers or threats to innovation.
- Bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, political science, economics, social science or other discipline pertinent to policy analysis.
- Must have at least three years of recent experience in health care.
- A minimum of five years’ experience working as a policy analyst or legislative aide in Washington D.C./state legislature or served three years in the private healthcare sector as a policy analyst.
- Expert knowledge about the Affordable Care Act and/or laboratory reimbursement by Medicare, Medicaid or private payers is certainly a plus.
- Must possess excellent, quick analytical skills, as well as planning and organizational skills.
- Must be an independent thinker and able to make quick decisions based on rational processes.
- Must be able to function effectively in stressful situations where deadlines, regulatory pressures, client/consumer demands and high dollar value decisions are required.
- Strong research and information-seeking skills.
- Proven ability to collaborate as well as work independently.
- Thorough knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office products (Word, Outlook, Excel).
- Able to quickly read and analyze complex information and to share that information in sharp and pointed ways that have impact.
- Ability to develop recommendations for approval.
- Demonstrated aptitude for learning new subjects and technologies.