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SAS Consultant
Minnetonka, Minnesota
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Applied on May 26, 2020
Job Id #41245 Posted March 27, 2020


  • This position is part of a team responsible for management and execution of our provider incentive programs known as Additional Compensation Programs (ACP) including system setup and maintenance; incentive reporting, calculation and distribution; and incentive research and reconciliation.
  • As part of this team, the Business Analyst Consultant will be involved in the processes around the analysis, design, development, implementation, testing, support and maintenance of the systems.
  • This includes system development, detail testing, data cleansing and data analysis for new or revised business/system processes.
  • The Business Analyst Consultant will be responsible for the delivery of accurate, network specific claims detail including all support, both internal and external related to the data.
  • This position is also responsible for turning business problems into understandable, actionable analyses; identifying underlying causes and potential mitigation strategies for medical cost trends, based on broad knowledge of healthcare issues including benefit designs, contracting methodologies, and reimbursement policies; and perform statistical analyses to identify root causes of medical cost trends such as unit cost issues and provider issues.

Major Responsibilities

  • Provide accurate and complete claims detail to networks participating in select M & R incentive agreements
  • Understand, research, and assist in problem resolution as needed.
  • Develop/maintain training programs and strategies for staff.
  • Design and develop programs in SAS required to administer compensation agreements.
  • Create/maintain programs supporting the compensation calculation and payment process.
  • Ensure systems and applicable environments are stable in order to prepare for potential growth in compensation arrangements.
  • Ability to research both internal and external questions and provide input and suggestions for system sustainability, programming, new processes, etc.
  • Communicate with other teams both internally and externally involved with the process and provide ongoing support for request tracker
  • Independently develop programs and queries to run analytics for the compensation program.
  • Administer/Set up new networks in Mainframes.
  • Identify and solve potential program/data problems ensuring appropriate follow through and resolution.
  • Ensure sufficient documentation is available (and provided) to support audits including current/historical documentation of programming and system changes and additions to support the ACP program.
  • Perform analyses of issues, participate in development of potential solutions, and make recommendations to ensure accurate and timely resolution.
  • Recommend and drive process improvements.
  • Generally work is self-directed and not prescribed.
  • Serves as a technical resource to others.
  • Experience with financial operations is beneficial.
  • Other projects as assigned.


  • Undergraduate degree in Information Technology (or related field) or equivalent experience.
  • Exceptional analytical and critical thinking skills. Ability to quickly analyze, interpret and implement incentive plans.
  • Working knowledge in Base SAS/ SAS Macro, SAS/SQL, Enterprise Guide and UNIX
  • SAS Programmer Certification preferred
  • Part D / Rx claims knowledge preferred
  • Relational Database system knowledge : DB2, Oracle and Teradata
  • Ability to learn and understand the interdependencies of computer systems quickly.
  • Strong verbal/written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively with multiple levels within and outside the company.
  • Possesses written communication skills enabling independent handling of correspondence and proofreading of complex legal agreements, letters, reports and other documents.
  • Ability to help others work independently, prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated customer service skills in a professional business environment. Tact, diplomacy and sensitivity to respect confidential information.
  • Work schedule flexibility, including availability for overtime as needed.
  • Participation in the development/maintenance of computer systems.
  • Previous experience with incentive or commission processes and systems is preferred.
  • Previous experience with Medicare and/or the healthcare insurance industry preferred.
  • Anticipates customer needs and proactively identifies solutions.
  • Solves complex problems independently.

Competencies and Best Practice for High Performers (List competencies and at least two behavioral anchors for each):

  • Job Related Knowledge
    • Strong knowledge of all Medicare & Retirement policies and regulatory requirements for physician incentive programs.
    • Strong knowledge of compensation plans and processes.
    • Working knowledge of Medicare products.
    • Strong knowledge of other finance processes.
  • Management
    • Strong abilities in training, development and monitoring of staff, new hire and ongoing.
    • Strong personnel and team development and management.
    • Develop strategies to achieve team goals.
  • Ability to make and communicate difficult or unpopular decisions
  • Internal Operations & Capabilities
    • Ability to navigate Medicare & Retirement internal departments to produce positive results.
    • Extensive knowledge of incentive program roles/responsibilities and processes.
  • Personal Attributes
    • Detail-oriented.
    • Consistent accurate performer.
    • Ability to multi-task.
    • Quickly grasps new and/or complex ideas and products.
    • Strong communication skills (written and verbal).
    • Drives change.
    • Consistently demonstrates flexibility.
    • Strong planning and organization skills.
    • Strong problem solving ability.
    • Strong analytical skills.
    • Drives toward deadlines.
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
    • Team player.
    • Ability to adapt to change.
    • Ability to deal with difficult people.
    • Exceptional computer skills.
    • Can be relied upon to act ethically, to safeguard confidential information and to adhere to company code of conduct and all legal regulatory requirements.

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