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RESEARCH PROJECT ANALYST

Date:  Jan 15, 2022
Req ID:  8929
Location: 

Little Rock, AR, US, 72201

Category:  OFC OF MEDICAID INSPECTOR GEN
Anticipated Starting Salary:  36154.98 - 52423.90

Agency-Specific Information:

This position reports to the OMIG Data Analytics Section, which is responsible for identifying Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse through data analysis and administering data-driven recoveries for Arkansas Medicaid overpayments.  This data position will primarily support data-driven recoveries but may assist with other data analysis projects as needed.

Job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Routinely reviewing the Fraud and Abuse Detection System (FADS) fraud algorithms and processing data from algorithms into actionable results for data-driven recoveries.
  • Reviewing fraud algorithm Business Requirement Documents (BRD) for new algorithms in development.  These reviews require providing written feedback on any data and policy concerns that need to be addressed before development can begin on new algorithms.  Once development is complete, this position would then test algorithm results and identify and report any ongoing data concerns.
  • Identify any issues with data quality within Medicaid data systems and communicate those issues to appropriate stakeholders to ensure the highest data quality possible. 
  • Creating ad-hoc data studies as topics of interest may arise.
  • Drafting data-driven recovery letters.
  • Providing administrative support for data-driven recovery letters including mailing, responding timely to any reconsideration requests, and tracking cases from initiation to recovery of funds.

Position Information

Class Code: B076C

Grade: GS06

FLSA Status: EXEMPT

Salary Range: $36,155.00 - $52,425.00

Summary

The Research Project Analyst is responsible for researching and providing statistical reports for ongoing and special projects. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.

Functions

Researches, verifies, and collects information and data, analyzes and recommends revisions to systems to facilitate information storage, retrieval and usage to analyze and compile statistical reports. Designs and distributes survey questionnaires and reports used in data collection phase of project. Defines data requirements, performs validation and testing of models to ensure accuracy. Codes collected data in data base or directs coding activities, coordinates management survey projects, and compiles information for status and statistical reports. Compiles and analyzes data, to determine trends, and as a quality control measure, and formulates mathematical or simulation models, restrictions, alternatives, and conflicting objectives. Writes various monthly, quarterly, and annual reports, explaining findings of research for assigned projects, and prepares and presents summaries and analyses of survey data, including graphs, tables, and fact sheets that describe techniques and results. Utilizes desk top publishing software to prepare various statistical and narrative reports for print and/or distribution or directs others in utilizing software. Accesses information held in data bases to respond to special requests for statistical and analytical reports from agency/institution personnel and outside sources. Answers questions from data collection sources concerning proper reporting procedures and consults with clients to indentify survey needs and any specific requirements, such as special samples. Oversees the work of an administrative support staff by: interviewing, recommending for hire, training, and reviewing work. Provides training to data submitters to properly categorize information requested on reporting devices. Performs other duties as assigned.

Dimensions

None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of methods and techniques of compilation of research and statistical data. Knowledge of administrative principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, and coordination of people and resources. Knowledge of the principles and practices of statistical research. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of others. Ability to plan and execute research projects, developing specific goals and plans. Ability to interpret and apply program objectives and translate research findings into comprehensive reports and proposals. Ability to prepare and present oral and written technical information and reports.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in mathematics, business administration, public administration, or a related field; plus two years of experience in research, statistics, planning, or a related area. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Licenses

None

Preferred Qualifications:

The Research Project Analyst will primarily assist with data analysis projects, including but not limited to aggregating and compiling data from fraud algorithms into actionable results.  This position may be responsible for researching and writing ad-hoc data studies as topics may arise. 

This position deals primarily with paid Arkansas Medicaid claims, so experience with medical terminology and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding is a plus.  This is a data analysis position, so experience in extracting data, data warehousing, outlier analysis, and data visualization are ideal.

 

The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.


Nearest Major Market: Little Rock