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Salary: $4,619.00 - $5,784.00
Posted: 10/31/2013

Job Description:
Job Description
The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Office of the Medical Director, is seeking candidates to fill one Research Analyst position in the office of the Chief Medical Information Officer.

If interested, please submit electronically a State Application (Std 678) and your resume to Candace Marty. Please indicate the basis of your eligibility (i.e. SROA, surplus, reemployment, and reinstatement, transfer, or list eligibility) in the explanation box of the State Application. Applications for this position will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be scheduled for an interview.

Duty Statement -Research Analyst I/II

Job Summary: Under supervision of senior scientific research personnel, incumbents plan, organize, and carry out scientific research studies of limited or moderate scientific scope and complexity; may serve as a team member on public health and healthcare projects and investigations or act as a technical scientific consultant on a specific phase of a more complex scientific study; make independent, difficult decisions in a specific scientific field using established guidelines and technical scientific procedures and adapt research methods to problems with limited scientific scope, and perform other related work. The incumbent's work is reviewed to see that it conforms to established policies and procedures.

The Research Analyst I/II, is responsible for assisting in the ongoing development and operation of the Medi-Cal Management Information/Decision Support System (MIS/DSS) and research activities and special projects using the 2.5 billion record MIS/DSS. The RS I/II must understand the MIS/DSS design and data processing rules, and be able to use a variety of programs and applications to extract data from the data warehouse. The incumbent must also be able to construct data marts/ study groups, etc. for multi-phased and longitudinal studies and analyses. Applicants will need experience working with healthcare claims data, general knowledge of healthcare research, extensive SAS knowledge and skill, and knowledge of HIPAA and experience working with the release of Personal Health Information (PHI). The applicant must be able to use other computer technologies (e.g. Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and other software packages) to facilitate data extraction and analysis. Experience using Structured Query Language (SQL) data extraction from large and complex relational databases is preferred.

This position requires the incumbent maintain consistent and regular attendance; communicate effectively (orally and in writing) in dealing with the public and/or other employees; develop and maintain knowledge and skill related to specific tasks, methodologies, materials, tools and equipment; complete assignments in a timely and efficient manner; and, adhere to departmental policies and procedures regarding attendance, leave, and conduct.

Supervision Received: General direction from the Chief Medical Information Officer.

Supervision Exercised: none

Description of Duties: The incumbent in this position will perform a wide variety of analytical and consultative duties that shall include, but not limited to:

Percent of Time Essential Functions

20% - Coordinate the implementation of information system data and design modifications. Consult with DHCS entities proposing new data and data systems which impact the MIS/DSS. Pull data from the MIS/DSS and other data bases to prepare statistical reports, which accurately describe services provided to Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Evaluate managed care plan and fee-for-service performance based on reports generated.

20% - Monitor, test and maintain the integrity of data (encounter data and Fee-For-Service) in the MIS/DSS. Apprise and consult with management in the ongoing maintenance and enhancement of the MIS/DSS, and the health plans’ data reporting processes. Coordinate and maintain mapping and program coding changes of values used in the MIS/DSS.

20% - Conduct research on DHCS program related issues identified by management and prepare ad hoc reports.

15% - Respond to data requests from outside researchers and departments outside of DHCS that are coordinated through the Data Research Committee (DRC). Review DRC data request materials and coordinate with requestors to fulfill approved data requests. Create encrypted data files for outside researchers based on approved DRC data requests.

10% - Provide technical assistance and feedback to Medi-Cal Managed Care Division, managed care plans, and their Management Information System staff. Coordinate with the Fiscal Intermediary and other departmental staff to insure the timely and accurate submission of monthly encounter data. Coordinate data processing procedures with the Fiscal Intermediary and other departments.

10% - Coordinate the development and analysis of reports evaluating services and quality of care based on outcomes, processes, and other performance measures.

5% - Perform other staff assignments as required and appropriate for this level.


Extensive experience extracting data from the MIS/DSS system.

Working knowledge of statistical software (i.e.: SAS) packages, relational databases (i.e. Access, SQL), and various tools typically used in Business Intelligence.

Research and analytical skills sufficient to perform the duties described in this duty statement.

Writing skills sufficient to compose clear and concise reports summarizing research findings.

Ability to set priorities and multi-task in a dynamic environment with competing priorities.

Human relation skills sufficient to establish effective ongoing relationships with internal management and staff, and outside stakeholders.


1. Please describe your experience working with healthcare claims data, healthcare research, SAS knowledge and skill, and knowledge of HIPAA and experience working with the release of Personal Health Information.

Instructions for Supplemental Application:
The examination process will consist of a Supplemental Application. Applicants are required to respond to the supplemental item. The supplemental item is designed to identify job achievement in specific areas that demonstrate ability to successfully perform at the Research Scientist I/II. Responses to the supplemental item will be assessed based on pre-determined, job-related rating criteria. In appraising the relative qualifications of candidates, consideration will be given to the extent and type of pertinent experience and education over and above that which is required under the minimum qualifications.

When responding to the supplemental item, applicants must follow these guidelines:

• Provide enough detail. Your response should be approximately 1 page, single-spaced, but with 2 spaces between paragraphs. Within the 1-page limit, you may highlight specific projects (relating to the above fields) you have led.

• Your response must be typewritten or generated by word processing on 8 ½ x 11 paper, using a 12-point font.

• Ensure your response is complete, specific, clear, and concise.
The results of this examination will be used only to fill this position.

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Research Analyst I & II 803 - 010 - 5731 -
Location County
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
12/30/2013 None Specified
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Director's Office
1501 Capitol Ave., MS0000
Sacramento, CA 95814
Candace Marty
916 440-7631

Special Requirements:
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