U.S. Market Access - Associate Director, Policy and Reimbursement Strategy

Lake County, IL, US
Dec 05, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
The U.S. Market Access, Associate Director, Policy and Reimbursement Strategy, is an in-house position with the responsibility to provide subject matter expertise and manage strategic initiatives to support the U.S. Market Access team's ability to optimize portfolio access and mitigate risk in response to rapidly evolving U.S. payer landscape and policy changes.

The position requires the ability to work closely with multiple cross-functional teams, analyze access and payment policies proposed by government and commercial payers - including rules and guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) - and assess impact to Abbvie portfolio and specific brands. The Associate Director will develop and lead team implementation of strategic policy initiatives and marketing resources to support Abbie's value proposition, work with Legal and Government Affairs to educate internal and external stakeholders on the impact of proposed changes, and advance internal and external advocacy solutions to align opportunities and mitigate risk.

The Senior Policy Manager will have direct responsibility and oversight to develop, lead and train MHC field teams, such as the MAC and Health System and Payer Executives - on evolving and timely MHC channel, policy and reimbursement requirements and updates, including, but not limited to Medicare Part B and D, Medicaid, individual market/health exchange plan policies, ERISA and insurance law changes, MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP) and value payment initiatives, including, but not limited to, developing Alternative Payment Models (APMs) such as ACOs, the Oncology Care Model, commercial bundled payment and other all-payer Alternative Payment Models. Success in managing internal and KAM team understanding and alignment of evolving payment policies into brand strategies and communicating with senior leaders on projected business and LRP impact of evolving policy changes will be critical.

Key Position Functions: MHC Brand Policy and Reimbursement Channel Support

  • Develop network of external consultants to model impact of evolving policy and payment changes across stakeholders.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional partners to develop and implement business and advocacy strategies to address evolving policy and payment changes. Ensure alignment through internal and external communication plans.

  • Develop and implement therapeutic area aligned policy and reimbursement marketing initiatives and resources to support on-market and pipeline portfolios.

  • Continuously monitor and provide in-depth, brand-specific impact insights and guidance on channel and policy developments. Partner with Market Access Training, cross-functional partners and IBTs to actively communicate and educate on key policy changes and business impacts.

  • Nimbly translate channel and policy events into business considerations and priorities for strategic and tactical decision-making.

  • Maintain relationships with key Market Access stakeholders, including internal and external customers (payers, health systems), medical specialty groups and policy and quality improvement organizations.

  • Advance initiatives to increase compliance with emerging value-based quality, accreditation and process transformation requirements for healthcare providers and payers.

  • Maintain continuous communication and strong collaborative relationships with cross-functional partners (Government Affairs, HEOR, Medical Affairs, MABI) to support IBT business goals and Future Fit vision.


  • Bachelor degree required
  • JD, MBA, MPH, PharmD or similar advanced degree strongly preferred

Professional Skills and Experience

  • Minimum 7-10 years of payer (CMS, health plan, PBM) or related healthcare policy consulting, law or financial/actuarial firm experience
  • Proven track record in strategic planning, budget and project management
  • Excellent writing, presentation and communication skills

Expected Competencies

• Effectively manage performance excellence through self-assessment and growth plans. Work with manager to achieve highest level performance.

  • Infuse AbbVie Ways of Working and Talent Philosophy in day-to-day leadership and management of the business. Encompass a "One AbbVie" mindset and perspective in all strategies.

  • Set tone and priorities for scale and scope of accountability. Influence multiple external and internal constituents (stakeholders and partners).

  • Maintain highest standards of professional and personal integrity and conduct

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled