Data Scientist

State of Utah

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Job Description


Love data, analysis, and programming? Come work for the Office of Financial Services in Integrated Health as a Senior Data Analyst.

The analyst performs various tasks (e.g., research, analyze, develop statistical models) for the Medicaid program, a source of medical assistance for Utah’s vulnerable populations. For information about Utah’s Medicaid program please click here.

This position requires programming experience with SQL, advanced experience with MS Access and professional work experience with large relational databases.

A skills test will be administered to assess skills needed for this position prior to interviews being scheduled.

Preference may be given to those with a completed Master’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Mathematics, Finance, Accounting or a related field as determined by the hiring official.

Why work for the Utah Department of Health and Human Services? In addition to the rich benefits the State of Utah offers, the department offers:

On-site fitness center, for a minimal membership fee
UTA Eco Pass, at a discounted monthly rate
Teleworking opportunities
On-site day care center at the Cannon Health Building with First Steps Day Care – contact for rates and availability, 801-538-6996
If offered this position, your employment will be contingent upon passing a background check and review. There will be no cost to you for this check. This check will include fingerprinting, which will be available at various UDHH locations for your convenience. Fingerprinting will be completed prior to your first day of employment. You may review the policy by clicking here. (Download PDF reader)

Example of Duties

Performs statistical and/or actuarial analysis by applying appropriate protocols in analyzing data and reaching accurate conclusions.
Categorizes stratifies and assigns priorities to risk factors for covered clients.
Data mine multiple massive data sources and perform various analysis on the data subset.
Array the data in terms of demographics, eligibility components, age, sex, severity of illness, etc., and use of data in conjunction with analysis of various services.
Provide statistical and accounting data to obtain federal approval for State of Utah waiver requests.
Conduct financial studies to assure reimbursement rates and methodologies conform to agency policy.
Determine provider reimbursement rates.
Establish capitation rates.
Forecast changes for implementation of new initiatives.
Maintain areas of the State Plan and Administrative Rules dealing with reimbursement, including interfacing with federal officials to ensure compliance with federal regulations.
Ability to make detailed analysis, summarize findings and communicate effectively to management and other staff.
Provide day-to-day monitoring and tracking of assigned reimbursement programs ensuring accurate payment of planned expenditures.

Typical Qualifications

create advanced SQL queries to extract, categorize, monitor, manipulate and organize data for solving agency problems
utilize advanced skills in MS Access to create workflow programs and to import data and perform high level analyses.
utilize advanced skills in using MS Excel to obtain and/or import data and perform various data analyses
independently evaluate patterns in data to explain variances in utilization and practice patterns
perform advanced mathematical calculations to solve problems
procurement and/or administration of contracts, grants, or similar agreements
weigh the relative costs and benefits of a potential action
make a decision or solve a problem by using logic to identify key facts, explore alternatives, and propose quality solutions
use logic to analyze or identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts associated with information or data to draw conclusions
assess the operational impact of legislation or audit recommendations on services
understand principles, theories, and practices of the Medicaid/Medicare system
plan, organize and prioritize time and workload in order to accomplish tasks and meet deadlines statistical sampling, modeling and analysis techniques
compile, code, categorize, calculate, tabulate, audit, verify, or process information or data
read, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and/or procedures
compose and produce reports, documents and related materials
communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing
develop and maintain applicable professional contacts, resources and /or network
rate setting for services

Supplemental Information

Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.

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