Job Description

The Senior Associate Director, Policy-Inpatient Payment assumes a leadership subject matter expert role in priority policy issues that enable the AHA to have a positive impact on the political and policy environment facing its members; to foster support and understanding of the members; and, to assist the members in interpreting and thriving in that environment. Balances an array of high visibility responsibilities under continuous time and performance pressures. Represents the AHA and AHA’s policies in public forums.


Manage health policy issues, including inpatient payment, psychiatric and substance abuse payment, and rural hospital issues for AHA and positioning the organization in terms of future advocacy work on these issues.

Develop and maintain relationships with senior government officials, state and national health care association executives, and the hospital community. Influence policymakers, such as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) program integrity contractors, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and others through meetings and presenting own ideas.

Analyze legislation and regulations, supervise data analyses, and write regulatory advisories and comment letters. Develop and staff member webinars.

Produce clear, concise issue and option analyses in oral and written formats in a variety of timeframes ranging from immediately through several weeks.

Work collaboratively with other AHA colleagues, including the legal team, to effectively manage issues and support AHA activities.



Required Education: Master's Degree

Desired fields of study: Public Policy, Government, Health Care, Law or related discipline.

Required Experience: 7-10 years
1. Minimum 7 years of experience within public policy analysis with strong preference in the health care environment
2. Minimum 7 years of experience influencing senior policy makers is required.

Knowledge Requirements
1. Advanced/expert knowledge of public policy analysis and/or related health care issue areas.
2. Advanced/expert knowledge of Medicare inpatient payment and/or rural hospital issues highly desired.

Technical Requirements
1. The Microsoft Office Suite with expertise in MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
2. The ability to learn quickly additional software as needed.

Abilities Required
1.Ability to communicate technical information and make points effectively and succinctly in ways easily understood by the layperson is required.
2. Ability to solve problems is required.
3. Ability to both lead and work effectively with teams from across departments is required.
4. Ability to continually learn and keep abreast of health policy issues.

Travel Requirement: 10% to 30%

AHA offers an excellent total compensation package, which includes medical/dental coverage (PPO/HMO), vision care, life insurance, short and long-term disability plans, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid vacation/holidays/sick days, wellness programs and more!

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. We will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please call (312) 422-3000, and ask for the Director, Human Resources and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

The AHA participates in the E-Verify Program.

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