Research Specialist IV
The Research Specialist IV performs complex (senior-level) research work by designing and conducting research projects for the Provider Finance Department (PFD), Long-term Services and Supports (LTSS) section in support of HHSC’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) for rate-setting activities. The Research Specialist IV position will provide research and analysis associated with the redevelopment of the 24-Hour Residential Child Care (24-Hour RCC) rate methodology and associated payment rates for Legacy foster care and Community Based Care (CBC).
The work involves research activities under moderate direction with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. The Research Specialist IV develops and implements research and analytical procedures to assess the validity of methods and/or procedures for appropriate application. Plans and/or conducts complex research and evaluation on the 24-Hour RCC programs' costs as it relates to reimbursement rates. The Research Specialist IV. Conducts research on residential child care programs, alternative plans of care and program designs and associated costs to support HHSC and DFPS efforts to reevaluate the current reimbursement methodology in Texas. The Research Specialist IV also prepares and/or contributes to a variety of internal reports, studies or other deliverables containing analyses residential foster care data relevant to the understanding of utilization and billing trends. The Research Specialist IV performs other duties necessary to achieve the mission of the Health and Human Services Commission. Statewide travel of about 5% may be required. Performs tasks with moderate supervision and with moderate latitude for the use of imitative and independent judgment. Plays a contributing role in the study of performance and compliance. Reviews and studies process and structure measures related to implementation of bundles to ensure timely and accurate completion for evaluation. Prepares presentations for professional organizations, governmental entities, and the public to be given by executive agency staff, including detailed speaking notes that allow for the communication of complex scientific concepts and findings into understandable narrative for different audiences. Coordination, computation, and data entry of measures, including coordination with program staff for additional analysis and reporting requirements. Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree or higher in related field is required.
Demonstrated Experience in conducting quantitative or qualitative research. Experience in writing and editing documents in a government, academic, or business setting.
Experience with residential child care research or Medicaid research is preferred.
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Research Specialist IV