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Associate Regional Medical Director Job



Job Number: 78995579974

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Date Posted: 8-10-2017

Wexford of Indiana LLC is a member of the Wexford family of companies: a group of one of the nation's leading innovative correctional health care companies.  Wexford provides clients with experienced management; technologically advanced services; and programs that control costs while ensuring quality of care. For more than two decades, the Wexford companies have consistently delivered proven staffing expertise and a full range of medical, behavioral health, pharmacy, utilization management, provider contracting, claims processing, and quality management services.

At Wexford of Indiana LLC, our philosophy is that health care should not be considered a luxury for anyone. We simply care for those in need and the corrections environment is our venue.

Wexford Health has an exceptional opportunity for an Associate Regional Medical Director to join our team of healthcare professionals in Indiana.

We’re proud to offer a competitive benefits package including:

  • Generous paid-time off program that combines vacation and sick leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Comprehensive health insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Dental and Vision insurance
  • 401(k) retirement saving plans
  • Company-paid short-term disability
  • Healthcare and dependent care spending account

POSITION SUMMARY

The Associate Regional Medical Director is responsible for providing leadership in Indiana related to administrative matters, clinical program development, quality management, utilization management, staff education, and leadership development in a manner consistent with the corporate objectives and philosophy of Wexford.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Administrative

  1. Works closely with and maintains good relationships with Regional Medical Director, other Corporate Medical Directors, VP of Operations, Regional Director of Nursing, Regional Managers and security.
  2. Travels to sites across the state for reviews of clinical practices and training of new clinicians.
  3. Actively engaged in helping to identify and facilitate the solving of all operational and clinical issues for all sites in the state.
  4. Participates in planning and budget activities for the state, including:
  • Developing, administering, and monitoring operating and capital budgets in conjunction with the Vice President of Operations.
  • Participating in the development of proposed priorities for services and programs.
  • Soliciting medical staff input on new chronic care programs, medical equipment requests, and selection of general medical supplies.
  • Identifying and implementing cost reduction strategies.
  1. Works with site Medical Directors and Clinicians to improve operations and services.
  2. Participates in the recruitment of medical and clinical staff, including:
  • Actively engaging in identifying qualified applicants for openings in the medical/clinical staff (e.g., Site Medical Directors, Physicians, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Dentists, etc.) interviewing all Site Medical Directors for the state and other clinicians as needed.
  • Ensuring that Site Medical Directors understand the timely process of interviewing qualified medical/clinical staff applicants for the site.
  1. Participates in each Site Medical Director’s annual merit review.
  2. Participates in the hiring, orientation, and training of employees to ensure staff competency.
  3. Works with the Regional Medical Director in supervising clinician staff to ensure work assignments are carried out in accordance with Wexford and Indiana requirements.
  4. Assumes a leadership role in the development of subordinate staff:
  • Ensures staff attendance at new employee orientation and staff completion of mandatory education requirements.
  • Participates in the initial competency assessments on new clinicians within ninety (90) days of hire
  • Provides staff recognition
  • Maintains consistent communication with staff
  • Coaches staff to adjust to change
  • Participates with and administers disciplinary actions in a consistent manner, as necessary; ensures staff held accountable to the outcomes.
  1. Implements and administers Wexford and state policies and procedures consistently. Ensures site compliance with all policies/procedures and updates them as necessary to meet local, legal, and accreditation regulatory agency requirements.
  2. Actively participates in Wexford management meetings/committees.
  3. Keeps organizational audiences informed of issues in a timely manner, including the submission of requested reports.
  4. Serves on appropriate task forces, committees, and state, county, and community agencies/ boards representing the organization.
  5. Makes presentations to the professional community in order to enhance the visibility and image of the organization.
  6. Effectively communicates with the Regional Medical Director, Vice President of Operations, site Medical Directors, Statewide Director on Nursing and Statewide Manager(s).
  7. Accepts other duties as assigned by the Regional Medical Director and/or the VP of Operations.

Clinical Programs

  1. Travels across the state to actively lead the clinical efforts at the sites.
  2. Actively leads the evaluation and monitoring of chronic illness programs in each facility within the state of Indiana.
  3. Ensures that the operation of on-site infirmaries in the state are in compliance with national standards (NCCHC/ACA) and that the scope of care provided is appropriate for the staffing and resources available.
  4. Ensures that established sick call processes ensure patient access to medically necessary services.
  5. Ensures that established suicide prevention programs are implemented to identify, refer, and treat patients who are at risk for suicide.
  6. Assists in the review of corporate, Indiana, and site-specific medical practices ensuring consistency with Wexford’s overriding objective to promote high-quality medical care.
  7. Assists in addressing backlogs that may exist at sites.

Quality Management

  1. Actively participates in the Statewide Quality Management Committee in the state and ensures that site-specific Quality Management Committees are active and successful in identifying quality improvement efforts on an ongoing basis.
  2. Maintains a working knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws, and standards of conduct, as well as other policies and procedures from national accreditation standards (NCCHC, etc.) in order to ensure adherence in a manner that reflects honest, ethical, and professional behavior.
  3. Actively participates in and performs peer review activities in accordance with Wexford and Indiana policies and procedures.
  4. Oversees and actively performs mortality and sentinel event reviews for the state and for other regions when requested by the Regional Medical Officer in accordance with Wexford policies and procedures.
  5. Ensures that the sites within the state maintain an effective infection control program that includes the prevention, identification, reporting, and control of communicable diseases in accordance with Wexford infection control policies and procedures.
  6. Assists in medical staff disciplinary matters.
  7. Actively participates in service improvement efforts to ensure compliance with NCCHC standards, local auditory bodies or internal audits.
  8. Serves as a clinical liaison and resource to all superintendents and state government officials.
  9. Attends Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) and corporate P&T meetings and other meetings as requested.
  10. Assist in provider development efforts towards the implementation and maintenance of electronic medical records, telemedicine, or administrative technology enhancement.

Utilization Management

  1. Actively participates in Utilization Management (UM) efforts in the state in coordination with the Regional Medical Director.
  2. Participates in the evaluation of all off-site utilization in the state in order to ensure its cost effectiveness and clinical quality.
  3. Coordinates with the Regional Medical Director in maintaining appropriate collegial/professional relationships with statewide specialists, hospitalists, ancillary providers, transport providers, community and tertiary hospitals, and all other support groups that may be called upon to provide health care services for the Indiana DOC.

Staff Education

  1. Personally ensures completion of proper orientation and training of all new Site Medical
  2. Directors.
  3. Ensures that orientation and training of all medical and clinical staff is accomplished in conjunction with the Site Medical Directors.
  4. Identifies educational opportunities from quality improvement initiatives and utilization review for individual providers as well as statewide opportunities and identifies methods to deliver clinical education to the medical and clinical staff.
  5. Promotes appropriate continuing medical educational opportunities relevant to corporate and state quality improvement and UM goals and objectives.

Leadership Development

  1. Identifies potential future Wexford leaders from the clinical and medical staff and discusses with the Corporate Medical Director, VP of Operations, and/or other state Vice Presidents.
  2. Identifies promising medical and clinical leaders from throughout the state and recommends their appointment to existing medical staff committees.
  3. Attends meetings of professional societies as a representative of Wexford.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Maintain the confidentiality of inmate records.
  2. Comply with correctional facility’s policies and procedures.
  3. Set a good example for staff through attendance.
  4. Promote cost control through effective supply inventory, staff education, security and efficient use of supplies and resources.
  5. Provide input into developing needed policies and procedures.
  6. Actively participate in assignments.
  7. Use effective problem-solving techniques.
  8. Apply appropriate decision making behavior.

The duties and responsibilities outlined herein are for payroll purposes only; employees may be assigned other duties as required.


ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

Regional office setting. May include standard medical setting in a correctional facility, which includes daily interfacing with inmates, correctional staff, and health care personnel.  Temperature extremes may be encountered while moving throughout the facility outdoors and indoors in buildings without air conditioning.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

TRAVEL: Travel to sites as needed to oversee the contract and allow for normal operations.

LICENSING: Indiana medical licensure

CERTIFICATION: Board certification unless client exemption allowed; CPR certification.

EDUCATION: Medical degree required

EXPERIENCE: 

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong verbal, email and written communication skills
  • General math and analytical skills, and planning, administrative and organizational skills essential
  • Demonstrated experience meeting multiple deadlines. Must ensure documents are ready for review well in advance of any deadline.
  • Ability to competently manage multiple priorities simultaneously

EOE/M/F/D/V


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