Psychometrician, Clinical Quality Measures

Mathematica Policy Research - Cambridge, MA3.9

Full-timeEstimated: $63,000 - $89,000 a year
Position Description:
Mathematica Policy Research is dedicated to improving public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on information and analysis for our partners and clients. The company has been at the forefront of design and assessment of public policies and programs since 1968. Our goals are to provide expertise and actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas, from health, education, early childhood, and family support to nutrition, employment, disability, and international development. Come join our vibrant and growing clinical quality measure development team, and make important contributions to improve the design and testing of health care quality measures implemented in nationwide quality improvement efforts and programs. We offer our employees a stimulating, team-oriented work environment, competititve salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advatanges of employee ownership.

Our clients need clinical quality measures that are scientifically sound. Mathematica seeks a measurement scientist with experience evaluating the psychometric properties of clinical quality measures and interpreting the results to inform our clients about the appropriateness of the measures for use in national quality programs and advise on implementation strategies. This individual should have doctoral level training in a health related discipline such as epidemiology, psychology, or sociology and experience developing, evaluating or implementing clinical quality measures.

Responsibilities include the following:
Consult and advise on clinical quality measure specification, including risk adjustment

Consult and advise on design of measure testing plans (reliability, validity, risk adjustment)

Advise and assist with the implementation of sampling and other analytic strategies to facilitate robust measure testing

Advise and assist with the implementation of analytic strategies to address real world measure testing problems such as small Ns and missing data

Lead and interpret quantitative analyses to evaluate reliability and validity of measure (including working with/delegating to programmers and analysts)

Provide critical verbal and written review of measure documentation and testing results

Mentor junior staff and programmers

Contribute to the development and review of measure-specific business cases, including research and writing

Become familiar with and apply CMS’s Measures Management System Blueprint

Respond to relevant public comments received on the measure from project-sponsored comment period, rulemaking, National Quality Forum (NQF), and other public forums

Develop, prepare, and submit measure information for independent review and endorsement and attend meetings to support this activity meetings

Advise on informational progress updates and decision memos for project sponsors

Present and lead discussion of measure-testing information to technical and non-technical audiences with an emphasis on implications for measure implementation

Position Requirements:
Doctoral level training and/or relevant experience in any of the following fields: psychometrics/measurement science, epidemiology, psychology or other social science with a topical focus on health care, or a master’s degree and 8+ years relevant experience

Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to write clear and concise technical memos and documents; experience giving presentations to panels and large groups

Strong organizational skills and high level of attention to detail
Flexibility to lead and manage multiple priorities, sometimes simultaneously, under deadlines
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample.

Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearance as a condition of working on the project. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance.

Available locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Chicago, IL; Oakland, CA; Ann Arbor, MI

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.