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Healthcare Policy Specialist

Topeka, KS

Organization: Community Care Network of Kansas
Title: Healthcare Policy Specialist
Job Classification: Exempt, Full-Time
Reporting Relationship: Chief Executive Officer
Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Who We Are
Community Care Network of Kansas (Community Care) strives to make sure all Kansans have access to high-quality, community-based, whole-person healthcare close to home.

We are a statewide association made up of a network of community care clinics. Our members serve as the community resource at the local level, dedicated to ensuring the best medical, dental and behavioral care is available to all.

Together, we are leaders in healthcare training, technical assistance, and public policy at the local, state and federal levels. We collaborate with other healthcare providers, foundations and individuals to educate and advocate for equitable access to high-quality care for all. We believe healthy Kansans build strong and vibrant communities, which strengthens the overall quality of life in our great state.

Primary Accountabilities: The Healthcare Policy Specialist will develop partnerships; identify effective policy and systems’ best practices; and assist the CEO and Director of Governmental Affairs to coordinate Community Care’s healthcare policy and systems transformation efforts.

Major Responsibilities

  • Fosters collaboration and collective action between Community Care, state associations and agencies, member clinics, and other stakeholders to advance policy, payment, and systems change.
  • Serves as Community Care senior staff for the Implementing Integrated Care through Partnerships and Payment Reform in Kansas project.
    • Coordinates with the Project Team to advance policy, practice, or systems change to facilitate the integration of behavioral health and primary care within Community Mental Health Centers and within Federally Qualified Health Centers serving Kansas.
  • Partners with Medicaid, state licensing agencies, managed care organizations and commercial insurers to change regulations, policies, and payment that will increase access to care.
  • Assists community health centers and other state-funded community clinics in increasing understanding, solving problems, and addressing challenges with Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurers.
  • Conducts Medicaid, Medicare and other healthcare policy analyses to demonstrate the impact on member clinics.
  • Works with the CEO and the Legislative Committee to advance Community Care’s healthcare policy agenda.
  • Coordinates Community Care activities/work groups surrounding finance and reimbursement and implications for value-based reimbursement, alternative payment methods or other payment change.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, healthcare finance, healthcare policy, public administration, or similar field of study; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Three to five (3-5) years’ of work experience in related field.
  • Unrestricted Driver’s License required.
  • Experience in Medicaid, Medicare, managed care, commercial insurance, or other healthcare finance or policy.
  • Working knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid payment policies, state licensing regulations, and the Kansas commercial health insurance environment.
  • Ability to promote a professional and positive appearance and work environment.
  • Ability to make sound, independent decisions in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to communicate complex and technical information in a clear and concise manner, both verbally and written.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving skills; willingness to seek input regularly for process improvement.
  • Passion and commitment to improving health and social justice.
  • Ability to work effectively with multiple individuals and manage several projects at once with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy with the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information and situations.

Physical Demands:

  • Regularly maintain stationary position with regular need to relocate to attend meetings internally and externally.
  • Ability to read computer screens and operate computer peripherals for an extended period of time, or the ability to discern electronic information through reasonably available accommodations.
  • Regularly communicate with staff, members and stakeholders in writing, video conferencing and in-person meetings.
  • Ability to lift or have the ability to utilize reasonably available resources to maneuver, up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • Regularly required to speak and hear, sit, stand, bend, stoop, kneel and walk.
  • Ability to travel as needed within the State of Kansas and nationally.

Work Environment:

  • Professional and deadline-oriented environment in an office setting with regulated temperatures and moderate noise level.

Additional Duties:
Additional duties and responsibilities may be added to this position description at any time. The position description does not state or imply that these are the only activities to be performed by the employee(s) holding this position. Employees are required to follow Community Care policies and procedures and maintain a professional personal appearance and workspace. Employees are required to follow any other position-related instructions and to perform any other job-related responsibilities as requested by the employee’s supervisor.

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