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Job Summary

The Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative (MEDIC) is a growing statewide quality improvement project funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan/Blue Care Network and housed at the University of Michigan. The project’s goals include expanding the participating hospitals in the network, continuing to develop the data collection and reporting infrastructure, building future quality improvement measures, and changing physician practice through regular collaborative wide meetings and robust outcome measurement. Several quality initiatives are currently underway, primarily related to measuring the appropriateness of diagnostic imaging in both pediatric and adult populations.

The key job responsibilities of the MEDIC Senior Statistician will be to provide direction and management of the data analyses to measure quality improvement for participating hospitals. This work will also require collaborating with the data registry subcontractor to ensure that participating sites are reporting data in an accurate and timely manner as specified by the MEDIC Coordinating Center and registry subcontractor. 

This position will also be shared with other tasks supported by on-going externally funded grant work using primarily Medicare data to evaluate outcomes and costs related to care delivered in the emergency department.

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and briefly outline skills and experiences that directly relate to this position.

Responsibilities*

• Work with the Project Manager and  Program Evaluation Specialist to evaluate and ensure data quality for all participating hospitals
 
• Develop SAS code for completing analyses and maintain code library, including documentation, that includes output validation
 
• Collaborate with Principal Investigators and other team members to lead analytic approaches
 
• Determine study design and data sources for wide variety of activities, including quality improvement, utilization, cost, and other research areas
 
• Produce quality measurement comparisons across multiple metrics at all participating hospitals Identify opportunities for improvement with quality of care and costs across both hospitals and providers.
 
• Successfully and independently accomplish a wide variety of analytical requests, including investigator or project initiated work in support of publication or simple quick-turnaround data requests for funding sources and collaborative member sites
 
• Other duties as assigned 
 

Required Qualifications*

• Bachelor’s degree - preferably in economics, statistics, or another Social Science.
 
• Ability to maintain large data files in Microsoft Excel, SAS, and possibly other databases, to support analysis and reporting.  This includes tasks such as merging files, adding cases and variables, restructuring and recoding variables, assigning labels and values, checking for errors, etc.
 
• Programming documentation, testing and validation experience in a research environment
 
• Fluency with SAS/Statistical programming package for file merging, table lookup, etc.
 
• Knowledge of, and experience with, common analytic techniques, such as analyses of variance, factor analyses, reliability analyses, statistical processes control, linear and hierarchical modeling 
 
• Ability to work independently and handle multiple assignments and deadlines
 
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
 
• Successful experience in collaboration with others in a team environment

Desired Qualifications*

• Strongly prefer candidate with experience with Medicare and/or other administrative claims-based datasets 
 
• General knowledge of commonly applied observational study methodologies (e.g., hierarchical modeling, propensity matching, difference-in-differences, instrumental variable analyses), administration, and analysis techniques a plus.
 
• Master’s degree

Background Screening

University of Michigan Health System conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Health System improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.