The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) is an innovative, independent non-profit health care research organization dedicated to improving the application of evidence throughout the health care system. ICER produces influential public reports evaluating the clinical effectiveness and value of new treatments, tests, and delivery system interventions. These reports have strongly influenced insurance coverage policies and clinical guidelines while gaining prominence within the national debate over the cost of health care. ICER thrives on the entrepreneurial spirit of its employees to empower patients, clinicians, and policymakers in their quest for better care at lower costs. In everything we do, our organization seeks to foster an honest public dialogue about the evidence on effectiveness and value, and to translate this evidence into action to improve patient care.
ICER is looking to expand its team, which includes a diverse set of clinicians, researchers, and policy experts. We are seeking a Health Economist or Senior Health Economist to help lead the health technology assessment and economic evaluation activities that serve as the backbone for all of our work. This position will report to the Senior Vice President for Health Economics and will join a collaborative health economics team. Details on the specific responsibilities and minimum qualifications are provided below. Final title and salary will be agreed upon by both parties based on candidate experience level.
The Health Economist will be responsible for supporting the application and refinement of ICER’s methods for the conduct and presentation of evaluations of the cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, and budgetary impact of drugs, devices, health-system interventions, and other technologies. The successful candidate will also work with ICER’s Health Economics and Senior Management Teams to refine relevant components of ICER’s public processes, such as the use of data submitted “in-confidence” by stakeholders as well as the organization’s policies regarding transparency in its modeling efforts.
Given the leadership role envisioned for the Health Economist/Senior Health Economist position, it requires a person of unquestionable integrity with exceptional communication and presentation skills and an ability to engage with and influence a broad range of stakeholders. This individual will also represent ICER at a variety of external academic and policy venues and will be expected to generate white papers and academic publications to support ICER’s methods. Finally, this individual will be expected to participate in the authorship of technical briefs to support the organization’s annual Policy Summit.
Responsibilities will depend on seniority of candidate but may include the following:
- Active contributor to internal project teams and external health economic collaborators on specific ICER reports and health economic models
- Contribute to the conception, design, and development of health economic models
- Organize and deploy resources to fully vet assumptions, parameters, functions, and operations to ensure the robustness of models
- Provide methodological and strategic leadership in developing ICER’s work program.
- Contribute to the reputation of ICER by fostering the highest level of cooperation, integrity, objectivity, responsiveness, and overall transparency in the economic evaluation of health care interventions.
- Provide leadership and supervision on multiple complex projects in coordination with the Senior Management Team and the Health Economics Team, including preparing reports, synthesizing analytical results, and highlighting implications of findings for patients, clinicians, payers, industry, policymakers, and other stakeholders.
- Consult with Senior Management Team and Health Economics Team to develop and communicate guidance regarding the development, refinement, and/or enhancement of methods and policies relevant to economic evaluation, including cost-effectiveness, cost-utility, cost-benefit, and budgetary impact analyses.
- Generate white papers, technical briefs, academic publications, and external presentations to advance ICER’s health economics methods.
- Consult with external collaborators and internal project teams on the conception, design, specification, and format for presentation of economic models. Assist with vetting and stress-testing of both externally and internally developed models as well as comparisons with other published modeling efforts that are relevant to the topic at hand.
- Assist with generation of evidence-based clinical recommendations and policies related to the use of new and existing medical technologies (e.g., procedures, equipment, devices, diagnostics, and selected pharmacologic agents), as well as clinical interventions for medical conditions affecting large populations.
- Educate and provide consultation on health economic methods to research staff, panel and advisory board members of ICER’s public deliberative programs, and other interested stakeholders.
Ideal Candidate Profile
The Health Economist position requires an experienced and accomplished individual of exceptional caliber. The ideal candidate has master’s or doctorate-level training in health economics, decision sciences, or operations research along with a compelling personal record of work in the fields of health technology assessment, comparative effectiveness research, and/or health services research.
Minimum Educational Requirements
A master’s or doctoral degree in a relevant discipline such as decision sciences, health economics, operations research, biostatistics, epidemiology or a related quantitative social science field is required.
academic health-economic modeling, or similar work requiring development, specification, and testing of modeling methods. Candidates must be outstanding writers—able to write clearly and cogently without requiring editorial assistance—and facile editors of the drafts of others. The scope of writing will include a wide range of material, including different versions of technical evidence reports and health policy briefs. Candidates must be able to demonstrate substantial experience in the critical evaluation of evidence, including the ability to critique the research methods and statistical findings of published economic studies, to put the development of the current model in the appropriate context. Finally, qualified candidates will be accomplished presenters with experience in conveying complex econometric methods to a variety of audiences.
- A strong track record of mentorship of research staff.
- Analytical, consulting, and project management experience, including demonstrated ability to determine the key areas of controversy in a clinical area, to conceptualize the appropriate project scope, and to develop appropriate action plans from multidisciplinary perspectives.
- The highest levels of personal initiative, attention to detail, and independent work.
- Efficiency, collaboration, candor, openness, results orientation, and a commitment to a consultative approach to decision-making.
ICER offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
It is not intended that the above-listed duties reflect every job duty, responsibility, or task that the employee may be called upon to perform. The employee is expected to perform all job-related duties and tasks assigned by his/her supervising manager or other authorized manager.