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HCBS Program Officer

Date Posted:  Oct 20, 2021
Requisition ID:  263145

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About the Family & Social Services Administration: 

The Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning (OMPP) is a division within the Family and Social Services Administration, which receives around 13 percent of the state's budget to ensure vital health care coverage to approximately 1 in 5 Hoosiers. OMPP strives to build programs and processes that enable Hoosiers to live in fully engaged communities and reach their greatest emotional, mental and physical well-being. Our mission is to support individual and community well-being with effective and efficient programs, remarkable collaborations, measurable impact on individuals and communities, and an energized staff that is fully engaged with this mission. 


The working tilte for this role is Home & Community Based Services (HCBS). 


Salary:   The annual minimum starting salary for this position is $ 41,574.00.   

About the Job:

The Program Director administers a program within a State Agency and serves as a specialist in this area.  This role functions as a Subject Matter Expert for these programs for the state and as an in-house consultant for the FSSA waiver divisions.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this roles are as follows:

  • Responsible for understanding Indiana's Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) landscape to help maximize the utilization of HCBS benefits. Incumbent oversees administration and technical compliance on behalf of the division.  Interfaces with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in conjunction with the FSSA waiver divisions.
  • In collaboration with the Program Development Manager, leads the development of new HCBS programs and benefits. Monitors federal and state legislation for program impacts; provides technical direction to divisions to maintain compliance.
  • Ensures that programs and benefits are in alignment with agency priorities and objectives.
  • Responsible for leading the renewal and amendment of current HCBS authorities, ensuring that all changes and renewals are in compliance with state and federal law.
  • Ensures required reports and program quality assurances for HCBS programs and benefits meet program standards and issues corrective action plans as appropriate.
  • Analyzes and monitors performance and quality outcomes data from the waivers. recommends policy or programmatic modifications as appropriate.
  • Responsible for researching, understanding and providing recommendations for program change based on evidence based best practices.
  • Responsible for drafting policy in collaboration with subject matter experts and FSSA sister divisions.
  • Ensures all CMS reporting requirements are met and on time. 
  • Serves as a subject matter expert on HCBS authorities. 
  • Routinely reviews Indiana Administrative Code to ensure compliance with HCBS authorities and all applicable state and federal laws.
  • Reviews system change requests and workgroup meetings to enhance knowledge of Medicaid reimbursement methodologies.
  • Collaborates with vendors and contractors as appropriate.
  • Performs other duties as assigned in support of agency mission.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in public health, healthcare administration, social work, psychology, or similar field with three years of experience required, a master’s degree preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of rules, regulations and procedures related to Medicaid waiver programs, contracts, compliance and enforcement, and reporting requirement.
  • Extensive knowledge of state and federal laws, policies and procedures concerning the Medicaid Programs.
  • Broad knowledge of divisional and agency objectives, programs, operations and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of reporting systems and ability to accurately interpret complex statistical data and reports. 
  • Ability to anticipate and evaluate problems that would create barriers to achieving goals and initiate corrective action measures.
  • Ability to establish priorities, set deadlines and carry out periodic reviews; high degree of self-motivation and independent working.
  • Ability to develop and conduct presentations to diverse groups of people including Chief Executives.  
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite, including SharePoint; advanced experience with Excel preferred.
  • Must communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; must be able to interact with diverse populations, communicate effectively and appropriately with each and to maintain a high level of professionalism. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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