Assistant Physician Director - southern Alabama

Wexford Health Sources, one of the nation's leading innovative correctional health care companies, provides clients with experienced management and technologically advanced services, combined with programs that control costs while ensuring quality.  For nearly two decades, Wexford Health has 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 Health 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 a Assistant Physician Director (southern Alabama) to join our team of healthcare professionals in the Regional Office of Alabama.

We’re proud to offer our providers an extremely competitive benefits package including:

  • Company-paid medical malpractice insurance
  • Generous company-paid CME allowance with paid time off to attend
  • No completing insurance forms and waiting for reimbursement
  • No hassles or overhead costs associated with private practice
  • Steady income with no need to look for new patients
  • Annual review with performance increase
  • 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 Assistant Physician Director is responsible for providing leadership in their Region in Alabama related to clinical program development, quality management, utilization management, staff education, administrative matters, and leadership development in a manner consistent with the corporate objectives and philosophy of Wexford Health.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Clinical Programs

  1. Travels across the region 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 region.
  3. Ensures that the operation of on-site infirmaries in the region is in compliance with company policies and national standards (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, Alabama, and site-specific medical practices ensuring consistency with Wexford Health’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 (ACA, 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 Health and Alabama policies and procedures.
  4. Oversees and actively performs mortality and sentinel event reviews for assigned region and for the other region when requested by the Physician Director in accordance with Wexford Health policies and procedures.
  5. Ensures that the sites within the region maintain an effective infection control program that includes the prevention, identification, reporting, and control of communicable diseases in accordance with Wexford Health infection control policies and procedures.
  6. Assists in medical staff disciplinary matters.
  7. Actively participates in service improvement efforts to ensure compliance with accrediting bodies’ 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. Assists in provider development efforts towards the implementation and maintenance

Utilization Management

  1. Actively participates in Utilization Management (UM) efforts in the region in coordination with the Physician Director.
  2. Participates in the evaluation of all off-site utilization in the region in order to ensure its cost effectiveness and clinical quality.
  3. Coordinates with the Physician Director in maintaining appropriate collegial/professional relationships with region-wide 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 Alabama DOC.

Staff Education

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

Administrative

  1. Works closely with and maintains good relationships with Physician Director, Corporate Medical Directors, Vice President of Operations, other Statewide and Regional personnel, and region-wide ADOC administrative staff.
  2. Travels across the region for reviews of clinical practices and training of new clinicians.
  3. Actively engages in helping to identify and facilitate the solving of all operational and clinical issues for all sites in the region.
  4. Participates in planning and budget activities for the region, 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.
  5. Works with region’s Medical Directors and clinicians to improve operations and services.
  6. 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., Medical Directors, Physicians, CRNPs, Dentists, etc.), interviewing all Medical Directors for the region and other clinicians as needed.
    • Ensuring that Medical Directors understand the timely process of interviewing qualified medical/clinical staff applicants for the sites.
  7. Participates in the review and development of each Medical Director’s performance.

  8. 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 corrective/disciplinary actions in a consistent manner as necessary; ensures staff held accountable to the outcomes.

  9. Implements and administers Wexford Health 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.

  10. Actively participates in Wexford Health management meetings/committees.

  11.  Keeps organizational audiences informed of issues in a timely manner, including the submission of requested reports.

  12. Serves on appropriate task forces, committees, and state, county, and community agencies/ boards representing the organization.

  13. Makes presentations to the professional community in order to enhance the visibility and image of the organization.

  14. Accepts other duties as assigned by the Physician Director and/or the Vice President of Operations.

Leadership Development

  1. Identifies potential future Wexford leaders from the clinical and medical staff and discusses with the Physician Director; Corporate Medical Director, and Vice President of Operations.
  2. Identifies promising medical and clinical leaders from throughout the state and recommends their appointment to existing medical staff committees.

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

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

Standard medical setting in a correctional facility, which includes daily interfacing with inmates, correctional staff, and health care personnel.

 

 

 

 

 

Licensing: Must have a current state MD license

Certification: Current CPR certification

Education:

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited medical school.
  • Interest in obtaining Masters in Medical Management, Masters in Business Administration or equivalent preferred.

Preferred experience:

  • Five (5) years of clinical experience preferred
  • Experience or training in administrative aspect of health care

EOE/M/F/D/V