Washington State Actuary 2-AIM Econometrician in Olympia, Washington


Actuary 2-AIM Econometrician** Full-time, Project (Expected end date of 1/31/2019) Olympia, WA

The Health Care Authority (HCA) is Washington's largest health care purchaser, responsible for providing comprehensive health coverage to more than 2 million residents through the Public Employees Benefits and Medicaid programs. The agency provides health purchasing leadership, benefiting both public and private sectors with a focus on moving the health delivery system away from volume toward higher value and better outcomes.

The Olympia office is located in downtown Olympia, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bus lines, and less than one mile from the freeway.

Position Objective: The Health Care Authority's mission is to provide high quality health care through innovative health policy and purchasing strategies. The Healthier Washington initiative directly contributes to the ability of HCA to achieve its mission through targeted investments in innovative strategies to transform health care purchasing in a way that improves healthcare delivery.

This position will report to the Analytics, Interoperability and Measurement (AIM) Director for the Health Care Authority and will work collaboratively across the agency as part of the Healthier Washington Team.

The Healthier Washington initiative charts a bold course for transformative change in health care in Washington state. Guided by the state's five-year Health Care Innovation Plan and a $65 million federal grant, Healthier Washington builds the capacity to achieve better health, better care and lower costs for at least 80 percent of Washingtonians by 2019.

Through partnership with agencies ranging from HCA and Department of Health to Department of Social and Human Services, as well as collaborative engagement of the private sector, the Healthier Washington team of policy, technical and operational professionals will design and implement one of the state's largest and most visible health reform efforts to date. This initiative will leverage opportunities for additional funding sources over time to become a major driver of innovation in healthcare purchasing in Washington and the nation.

The goal of the HW AIM program is to create analytic, interoperability and measurement capability within HCA that can inform, measure, and help communicate the success of HW initiatives. AIM tools and products must support grant evaluation - and provide valuable inputs to the HW investment areas which need advanced analytics to perform and achieve healthcare transformation. AIM is positioned within HCA to provide research, analysis, and consultation to promote innovation in health care purchasing for the almost 2 million lives covered by Medicaid and PEB. The Medicaid and PEB health care contracts represent almost $10 billion in spending per year. AIM and HCA analytics personnel work to provide policy makers and program managers with relevant data, analyzes, and information to support innovations in how the agency contracts for health care services. One of AlM's roles is to enable decision makers, both within and outside the agency to make proactive decisions to improve care and outcomes. Thus, it is imperative that AIM have a good understanding of trends in its claims data that are linked to cost and health outcomes. In order to support decision makers, AIM will develop tools to evaluate the possible impacts of different policy options on cost and health outcomes. The AIM econometrician will apply actuarial and statistical principles to inform the agency's ability to understand and anticipate the impact of policy and strategy.

This position serves as a key member of multiple small research teams to provide actuarial and statistical insight to meet the demand for high quality research that can serve as a basis for policy development, social and health service enhancement, programming, and funding allocations. The position researches, develops and designs new and alternative actuarial and statistical methods for use by staff. This position will serve as an expert on national trends in health insurance loss and will inform agency leaders on key national drivers of loss. This position will also collaborate with internal and external stakeholder groups to better understand trends in loss in the healthcare marketplace.

This position will perform the following work: Duty: Actuarial and statistical analysis Task(s) involved in accomplishing the duties:

  • Perform actuarial analysis of Medicaid and PEB claims to understand loss trends
  • Perform complex analysis of key differences between Medicaid and PEB claim behavior and that of other insurance carriers in state
  • Analyze the impact of payment reform initiatives on loss trends
  • Inform multi-agency efforts to better understand the loss impact of encounter data from MCOs
  • Analyze the long-term impact of behavioral and physical health integration on loss trends
  • Identify key drivers of future loss to inform policy and initiative development
  • Perform loss scenario analysis of different policy and strategy options
  • Help identify new trends, anomalies, and outliers
  • Complete actuarial research and analysis to evaluate model performance to assist the budgeting and planning process.
  • Develop, create, analyze and distribute management reports as required.
  • Apply statistical concepts and techniques to analyze data.
  • Use advanced statistical techniques in the development of predictive models.
  • Aid in the develop of decision support tools for local partners to understand the possible impact of policies and initiatives
  • Assist the team in developing and testing the modeling databases used in the development of all predictive models.
  • Assist the team in all aspects of model implementation and integration which includes testing of variables, scoring logic and reason code logic.
  • Assist in developing workflows and procedures for efficiency and productivity.
  • Assess and maintain data and process integrity.
  • Monitor and analyze effectiveness of various strategic initiatives.
  • Develop the analytic framework to develop appropriate comparison groups for program evaluation and research purposes, and creates comparison groups from data sources.
  • Expert consultation and collaborating with key stakeholders


Required Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree with at least 15 hours of course work in a quantitative field.


Associate (ACAS) of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) with successful completion of seven CAS exams and four years of experience working as an actuary or four years of experience working in statistical and data analysis.


For health care positions, must be an Associate (ASA) of the Society of Actuaries (SOA) with successful completion of five SOA courses and four years of actuarial experience or four years or four years of experience working in statistical and data analysis.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications: Graduate work in quantitative field.

Knowledge of Medicaid or public employee benefit claims systems. Knowledge of other federal or private health insurance claims data.

Experience working on collaborative, multidisciplinary research projects.

How to Apply: Failure to follow the application instructions below may lead to disqualification. To apply for this position you will need to complete your profile within http://careers.wa.gov and attach to your profile before completion:

  • A cover letter
  • Current resume
  • Three professional references Only candidates who reflect the minimum qualifications on their State application will be considered.

If you have questions about the process, or need assistance, please contact the recruiter listed below before the posting closes. The candidate pool certified for this recruitment may be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to the next six months.

Contact us: For inquiries about this position, please contact Ryan Dahlstromat 360-725-0945 or email to ryan.dahlstrom@hca.wa.gov.

**Persons under final consideration for initial appointment with HCA are subject to a background check.

Washington State is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Human Resources Office at 360.725.0945 or emailryan.dahlstrom@hca.wa.gov.

Job Type: Project (limited duration)

Job Number: 2016-10306

Department: Health Care Authority

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $86,916.00 - $114,072.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA