Healthcare Research Scientist in New Haven, CT at Beacon Health Options

Date Posted: 3/26/2020

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For more than 30 years, Beacon has changed the way people live with behavioral health conditions. Today, we are the undisputed leader in behavioral health management, serving 40 million people across all 50 states. At Beacon, we are committed to delivering a ‘world-class’ candidate experience from the moment you click ‘Apply’! Our goal is to help you reach your fullest potential, while utilizing your talents and expertise to help us deliver on our promise.

Do you have a passion for helping others? If so, we are looking for you!

Beacon is currently seeking a Health Research Scientist to join our team at our Rocky Hill, CT office. Under the direction of the Assistant Vice President, of Advanced Analytics and Data Visualization, the Health Research Scientist provides leadership in the design, implementation and evaluation of quality and performance improvement projects and other quality-related initiatives from inception through conclusion. Duties associated with these projects include data analysis, development of predictive models, collaborative project design, associated data collection activities including extracting and manipulating data, use of statistical methods to analyze data and generate useful reports depicting trends in performance measures, conducting basic statistical analysis, report writing, and presenting results at committee meetings. Additional duties include coordinating and/or attending quality management, clinical, State and partnership meetings, and ensuring clear and timely communication of changes, timelines and decisions related to improvement projects.

What does a typical day look like?

  • Organizes, analyzes and trends performance-related clinical and quality data for the Beacon Health Options work across multiple contracts. Works with project director to outline specific data needs for each project.
  • Takes the lead in developing and implementing contract-required performance improvement projects and initiatives, particularly the development of predictive models. This includes literature searches, development and implementation of PIP/study methodology and documentation, data extraction, statistical analysis, developing, coordinating and/or implementing interventions with providers to achieve and maintain improvement. Maintains written PIP documentation according to state requirements, including submission according to prescribed timelines.
  • Maintains data for assigned projects and performance measures, conducts analyses of performance data, develops reports that identify, summarize and interpret both positive and negative data/performance trends, and makes recommendations for improvement or change as needed.
  • Responsible for updates to and maintenance of State-required performance measure methodology, participating in State performance measure work groups, and coordinating with Beacon Data Analytics and Reporting Departments in the production of the measures.
  • Provides oversight to conduct clinical outcomes research, serving as a lead investigator and/or primary author for a variety of projects from inception and needs assessment through presentation of results.
  • Contributes to the design, implementation, and evaluation of new standardized tools, software applications, and operational processes that support the collection and analysis of clinical outcomes data.
  • Consults with staff and state partners as a subject matter expert regarding study design and the use of clinical outcomes information.
  • Promotes outcomes research through internal presentations, training activities, participation in key committees, and monitoring activities.
  • Contributes to the external promotion of clinical outcomes research activities through publications and preparation of other materials/reports that are presented to clients and other stakeholders.
  • Assists with the continued development and implementation of integrated care programs with a specific emphasis on clinical outcomes monitoring and program evaluation.
  • Works with the Knowledge Management and Reporting Department to develop dataset specifications.
  • Collaborates with Quality Analysts and other staff of the Quality Department to ensure data accuracy, develop data visualizations, and report out on outcomes associated with assigned projects.
  • Programs HEDIS metrics and maintains an intimate knowledge of HEDIS specs as they change from year to year. 
  • Conducts Health Equity analyses and has prior experience with health equity metrics and analyses.
  • Use claims based and EHR based administrative datasets for performance improvement.
  • Applies provider attribution methodologies for performance tracking and improvement
  • Develops quality scorecards for applications including value-based payment models
  • Leads research and analytic teams.
  • Performs advanced statistical analytic methods to predict behavioral health risk factors.

What you Contribute?


  • Master’s in Public Health, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, or other related field required
  •  Ph.D. is preferred


  • Minimum of three years' Analytical experience, including background with SAS EG and SAS Enterprise Miner, preferably as a Healthcare Data Analyst or Researcher

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Expert and proficient level knowledge, skill and ability with the following:

  • Advanced Statistical Analytic methods
  • Tableau or other Data visualization software
  • Analytical and problem-solving ability
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Group presentation and public speaking skills
  • Collaboration and team-oriented work philosophy
  • Leadership of research and analytic teams

Intermediate level knowledge, skill and ability with the following:

  • SAS or SPSS
  • HEDIS metric development and specifications
  • Use of claims based and EHR data for performance improvement
  • Application of provider attribution methodologies for performance management
  • Development of quality scorecards
  • Methods of predicting behavioral health risk
  • Microsoft Office products
  • Microsoft Project

What Makes Us Different?

  • Here, it’s not just a job – it’s an opportunity to change lives.
  • Our employees are learners, innovators and original thinkers.
  • Our mission and values guide the way we treat our members, providers and each other.

What We Have to Offer:

  • Healthcare benefits available starting day 1!
  • Health & wellbeing incentives, such as gym membership reimbursement
  • 401K with company match to help reach your future financial goals
  • Generous PTO, because we know life happens outside of work
  • Tuition reimbursement so you can keep reaching your fullest potential

If Beacon sounds like the place for you, what are you waiting for? Apply with us today to get started!

Beacon Health Options is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer as well as a Drug Free and Tobacco Free Work Environment. EOE/AA/M/F/Veterans/Disabled

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