Bio - Statistical Research Scientist

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Tennessee   •  

Chattanooga, TN

Industry: Business Services


5 - 7 years

Posted 360 days ago

Effective 11/1/16: Employees who are required to drive his or her personal vehicle or a rental vehicle on a routine basis* will be automatically enrolled into the BCBST Driver Safety Program. The employee will also be required to adhere to the guidelines set forth through the program. This includes, maintaining a valid driver’s license, auto insurance compliance with minimum liability requirements; as defined in the “Use of Non BCBST-Owned Vehicle” Policy; and maintaining an acceptable motor vehicle record (MVR).
*The definition for "routine basis" is defined as daily, weekly or at regularly schedule times.

The mission of the Medical Informatics Division (MI) is to support all BCBST business units by conducting analytics/research, and developing tools and processes that improve the outcomes, quality, access to, cost andutilization and management of health care to BCBST members. MI achieves this mission through health services andother types of analytics/research designed to (1) improve clinical practice, (2) improve BCBST’s ability to provide access to and deliver high quality, high-value health care, and (3) provide policy makers with the ability to assess the impact of system changes on outcomes, quality, access, cost, and use of health care resources. The candidatechosen for this position will serve to support the mission of the MI division.

Job Description:

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will work closely with junior and senior analysts/researchers and business unit staff to support the MI mission through assisting in the following major activities:

  • Provider Profiling
  • Network Evaluation
  • Transparency and Pay for Performance Programs
  • Clinical Program Evaluation
  • Research Studies
  • Population Assessment
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Outcomes Assessment
  • Report and Tool Development
  • Utilization and Cost Studies
  • Provide junior and senior analysts/researchers with assistance in developing the above-mentioned activities and programs.
  • Be responsible for providing junior and senior analysts/researchers with valid data to support production of reports related to the above-mentioned activities.
  • Produce visual explanations and conduct analytics/research studies related to the above-mentioned activities.
  • Execute descriptive and statistical analysis
  • Create tables and reports
  • Work closely with Researchers and Analysts to identify data issues and solutions to the issues.
  • Complete project analysis documentation according to department standards

Job Qualifications


  • Undergraduatebachelor’s degree in any discipline with 6 years working experience is required (student jobs do not qualify); OR Master's Degree with 4 years experience, OR Ph.D. with 2 years experience is also acceptable.
  • Quantitative/research discipline preferred but not required (e.g., Biostatistics, Biology, Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science, Quantitative Social Sciences, Information Systems)
  • Experience with SAS (Base, SQL, Enterprise Miner, Guide) or similar experience with programming and/or statistical analysis required.
  • Experience in managed care/health care claims/ pharmaceutical claims data is preferred.


  • Competent to convert research protocol to programming specification logically and meaningfully
  • Ability to participate in project design and interpretation with Research Staff
  • Good writing skills
  • Must be detail-oriented
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical co-workers
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced team-oriented environment
  • Teamwork and leadership qualities are a plus
  • Candidate may be required to serve as a team lead with responsibility for project assignment and staff supervision, development and performance evaluation.

Job Specific Requirements: 

Grade 12 BBEX
Incentive Plan T70210 EX/CAP - Grd 12 & Und

Position Specific Qualifications:
For this position, within the “Duties and Responsibilities” listed above, greater emphasis will be given to:
Utilization and Cost Studies
Clinical Program Evaluation
Population Assessment
Statistical Analysis
Outcomes Assessment

The following qualifications are also desirable, but not required:
Experience in design and evaluation of clinical programs
Clinical education/experience in physical and/or behavioral health
Familiarity with Medicaid, Medicare, or other government healthcare benefit programs
Familiarity with authorization processes, case management, or other aspects of managed care
Training/experience in geographic information systems
Training/experience with data visualization programs


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