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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 outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Michigan Value Collaborative (MVC), housed at the University of Michigan, is seeking a detail-oriented self-starter to join the team in the role of Data Programmer. Strong analytic, organizational, and verbal and written communication skills are critical to this role. This position works in partnership with the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (Michigan OPEN).

The MVC is a statewide hospital consortium, aiming to improve the lives of patients in Michigan through systematic advancements in quality and cost-efficiency in Michigan hospitals. Michigan OPEN was founded to develop a preventative approach to the opioid epidemic in the state of Michigan through a focus on acute care prescribing. MVC and Michigan OPEN share data, knowledge, and other resources, and have a common goal to improve care delivery and patients’ lives.

The Data Programmer gathers and analyzes data from various databases and other sources; cleans and constructs datasets; develops and/or maintains databases; performs statistical programming; and provides technical assistance to the team. The Data Programmer will utilize both medical and pharmacy claims datasets, among other sources, from both private and federal payers in order to assess payment variation, opioid prescribing practices, and identify areas of opportunity for hospitals and providers. 

In this position, you will work with a highly collaborative group of clinicians, policy experts, statisticians, economists, health services’ researchers and analysts. This position is an excellent opportunity to gain expertise in data management and a broad range of healthcare reimbursement and payment reform programs. In addition, you will have the opportunity to advance your skills using claims data, including characterizing episodes of care. You will also help study the opioid epidemic and collaborate on quality improvement interventions designed to improve opioid stewardship in Michigan. 

Candidates for this position must be driven, with an intellectual curiosity and desire to continue learning, as well as the ability to work on multiple projects at one time. This position allows for significant growth, with the opportunity to develop statistical methodologic skills and to explore innovative healthcare solutions.


  • Extract, transform, and merge raw data from various data sources into usable forms, and construct datasets according to the specification provided
  • Design, create and implement programs and templates to collect, display and analyze data for assigned projects and/or clients
  • Perform statistical programming utilizing a variety of statistical software packages to summarize data and create reports and/or visual presentations
  • Design and prepare standard and ad hoc reports
  • Design and prepare summaries for statistical analysis and planning purposes
  • Document procedures for future reference and may make recommendations for data analysis process improvements

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the strategic direction of MVC and Michigan OPEN
  • Assist in the implementation of the BCBSM MVC Pay-for-Performance metric
  • Clean, check, and import opioid-related claims data
  • Present analytic methods and new approaches to accomplishing goals internally and externally

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree and work experience in data management
  • 4-5 years of experience in a related field required
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as cooperatively
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at the same time
  • Demonstrated proficiency working with large datasets using statistical software programs (SAS preferred, but STATA, SPSS, and R are also acceptable)

Desired Qualifications*

  • Previous experience working with administrative claims data
  • Working familiarity with basic statistical models and significance testing
  • Master’s Degree in relevant field and 3 years of experience in a professional healthcare-related setting

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Additional Information

The position is a two-year term limited appointment with the potential for extension(s), based on grant funding and performance. At the end of the stated term, the appointment may terminate and would not be eligible for Reduction in Force (RIF) benefits.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine 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. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.