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Acumen, LLC

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Policy Associate

JOE ID Number: 2018-02_111461324
Date Posted: 10/16/2018
Date Inactive: 01/31/2019
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Policy Associate
Section: Full-Time Nonacademic
Location: Burlingame, California, UNITED STATES
JEL Classification: C -- Mathematical and Quantitative Methods
Health Economics
Public Policy
Full Text of JOE Listing:

Acumen, LLC / The SPHERE Institute conduct public policy research and statistical analysis on health programs at the national, state, and local levels. We leverage our unparalleled data access to improve information available to policymakers, while our meritocratic environment offers rapid advancement and leadership opportunities. You will work alongside smart, vibrant people with a passion for the exciting future of healthcare research and analysis.

Acumen, LLC/The SPHERE Institute seek Ph.D. candidates for our Policy Associate position. The ideal candidate will lead as well as support our research staff in data analysis and writing tasks for current and future contracts with government agencies. We are looking for individuals interested in monitoring and improving public health policy by conducting quantitative analyses, interacting with clients, writing reports, and directing statistical programmers. The successful candidate will have opportunities to manage projects, support proposal writing, and manage priorities and staff in a high growth, fast-paced environment. Strong econometric modeling skills and experience with large administrative datasets is preferred.

Acumen LLC/The SPHERE Institute has expertise in topics such as: value-based purchasing, real-time policy monitoring and evaluation, drug safety, drug pricing, expenditure forecasting, comparative effectiveness research, and outcomes measurement for various health and welfare programs. We contract with government agencies including:

--Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
--Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
--Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
--Department of Justice (DOJ)
--Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
--Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
--Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)
--Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC)
--California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS)

A small sampling of our current work includes:

--Evaluating pay-for-performance in Medicare
--Performing post-market surveillance of drugs and biologics
--Evaluating changes to and designing new Medicare payment policies
--Identifying fraud, waste, and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid
--Modeling and evaluating the effects of the Affordable Care Act on federal and state health insurance markets
--Simulating Medicare cost savings in response to prospective coverage policies in the Part D drug prescription program
--Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of healthcare demonstrations and pilot projects

Acumen LLC/The SPHERE Institute offer a wide array of benefits. Salary is negotiable based on education and experience.
To apply, please visit Please upload your CV, Job Market Paper, and Cover Letter with your application. Applications without a CV and Job Market Paper will not be considered.

Please have Letters of Recommendations emailed to .

Acumen’s main office is located in Burlingame, CA, about 15 miles south of San Francisco. We also have a growing office in Washington, D.C. Additional information is available at:
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.

Application Requirements:
  • External Application Link
Application deadline: 01/31/2019