Job Title: Director Of Government Agency
Type of Company: I work for the state medicaid agency.
Education: BA, DePauw University; JD, Northeastern University
Previous Experience: Worked as political organizer at non-profit in DC. Worked as law clerk for appeals court judge. Worked as counsel for state legislative committee. Worked as chief of staff of state medicaid agency.
Job Tasks: I am the state Medicaid Director. My job is to provide executive leadership to the state medicaid agency, which is a state-run health insurance program for 1.6 million residents of Massachusetts. We enroll eligible individuals and pay health care providers for their covered health care services.
The job involves decisions about health care policy (what kind of quality measures should be publicly reported?) payment policy (what rates are appropriate for hospitals, or primary care providers, or nursing homes) and operations (what Information Technology support is necessary for improving decisions we make about coverage policies?).
The job also involves significant interaction with state government agencies, and state legislative committees.
Finally, the job involves collaboration and negotiation with many types of health care providers, to whom the agency pays over 9 billion dollars a year.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: My job is exciting because is changes daily, notably with changes in the economic climate that affect state budget decisions. That is good and bad, of course. My job is also to administer a very complicated program, and so there is always something new to learn about, whether it concerns the details of how we are going to create a new web-based assessment tool for providers, or the overall policy picture of financing long-term care services for elders.
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