The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (“AANA”) is an organization that is in active transformation, so this kind of opportunity doesn’t come around often. We’re looking to add a talented Director of Research and Health Policy to our dynamic team of professionals who are deeply dedicated to advancing the nurse anesthesia profession. While work experience and educational preparation are certainly important, a can-do attitude and strong work ethic are the most desired characteristics for this position. All AANA colleagues are expected to foster a workplace culture that promotes divergent thinking, openness, respect, trust, and the desire to be epic!
The Director of Research and Health Policy plays a critical role in driving the mission, vision and values for the research, advocacy and policy initiatives in support of the AANA’s overall strategic plan. You will lead your team’s research projects that ultimately advance policy initiatives for nurse anesthetists. Research and policy initiatives support the development and implementation of practice, federal and state regulatory policies that include reimbursement, scope of practice and access to anesthesia services. You will collaborate with the Chief Advocacy Officer in shaping the agenda for anesthesia issues in healthcare delivery, quality and policy.
The Director of Research and Health Policy reports to the Chief Advocacy Officer.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Identifies opportunities in research and evidence to advance the AANA’s policy agenda
Develops strategies, provides leadership and maintains knowledge base related to Medicare policies and private plan payment policy that includes drafting and assisting in filing comments regarding reimbursement for CRNA services
Strategically contributes to and provides critical appraisal of research by examining methodological and statistical analysis appropriateness, and extracts relevant information to use in evaluation of specific issues pertaining to healthcare delivery, quality, health policy and/or research related to reimbursement
Develops proposals for outside contractors/researchers and manages implementation of activities
Creates scientific documents/research and provides to external policy staff, federal agencies, consumer groups, consultants, healthcare societies, MedPAC and AANA members to promote the AANA’s healthcare policies
Contributes as part of the study team to the development of project proposals, manuscripts, IRB submission, standard operating procedures, research methodology, in addition to all other products developed by the Research and Policy division
Communicates research finds to internal and external groups
Engages with and educates AANA members through relevant research and quality articles, news bulletins about research, quality and reimbursement issues of anesthesia and surgery
Maintains, edits and provides content to the Research and Policy division web page
Responds to routine member inquiries related to research/quality issues
Analyzes regulatory-based policies and researches issues of importance to the nurse anesthesia profession and drives the evaluation of specific issues
Addresses research, quality, reimbursement and other health policy issues
Participates in the development and execution of studies to support the AANA’s advocacy efforts
Maintains a knowledge base with organizations involved in quality and reporting initiatives (ie. CMS, QPP, AHRQ, NQF, AQI) and proposed payment/reimbursement and delivery models (ie. CMMI, fee-for-service, bundled, global payment, ACO’s PCMH)
Assures responsible development and management of department budget
Manages, leads and develops a staff of internal content experts
Serves as an internal research and quality staff liaison; provides guidance, coaching, and facilitation of research and quality staff in identifying key research, quality and policy priorities for the Research and Policy division; drives goal setting and monitors work progress, expectations for products such as research papers, abstracts, policy briefs, white papers, surveys and other documents regarding research, quality and healthcare policy in anesthesia and surgery
Develops and/or participates in webinars, teleconferences and national meetings
Becomes cross-trained to handle the most common routine issues and inquiries in the CAO’s absence
Assists in staffing AANA committees, task forces or other internal/external entities and/or meetings
Travels for company business
Advanced degree in health services research, public health, public policy, economics, social sciences, data science or other relevant disciplines
Registered nurse (RN) desired
3+ years of work experience in research and healthcare policy dialogue required
Experience with leading health policy research projects, supervising research staff, and leading policy dialogue to support advocacy of external stakeholders
Research experience with clinical, public health, information or informatics science, nursing or related field
Experience with health service research, analysis, reporting and management
Experience with developing scholarly work for publication and abstracts
Knowledge of the broader health policy landscape is the U.S., specifically related to Medicaid and Medicare
Demonstrated ability to relate well to various levels of users of division services and to effectively develop professional relationships within and outside of the AANA
Excellent oral and written communications, analytical, data, detail orientation and problem-solving skills
Strong research assessment skills, capable of analyzing complex situations, identifying pertinent facts, trends and issues, and recommending appropriate solutions
Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel, and statistical programs such as SAS, Stata, R or SPSS
Telecommuting is allowed.
About American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Founded in 1931, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional association representing more than 54,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student nurse anesthetists nationwide. CRNAs are anesthesia professionals who safely administer more than 49 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States.