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Associate Director, Medical Affairs

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Requisition # 3091

Job Description

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What you will be doing in this role?

The Associate Director, Medical Affairs is responsible for the administrative oversight and day to day operations of the Well-Being of Physicians Committee, the Medical Staff’s Peer Review Process and the Medical Staff’s Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE). This work must be in accordance with the Medical Staff Constitution, Medical Staff General Rules and Regulations, accreditation, regulatory, and licensing requirements.  In addition to the ongoing and day to day management of the above processes, this position is also responsible for trending key performance indicators (KPIs) pertinent to the Well-Being, Peer Review and OPPE, sharing with senior leadership, implementing best practice in these areas, and continually evolving these processes to ensure optimal effectiveness and efficiency.  This position reports directly to the Executive Director of the Office of the CMO and works closely with the Associate Chief Medical Officer/Vice-President of Medical Affairs, other senior executives in the Office of the CMO, Medical Staff leadership and leadership across the organization.    

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership, guidance, and direction for day-to-day program operations, administrative activities, and staff relevant to Well-Being of Physicians Committee, Medical Staff Peer Review, and Medical Staff OPPE. 
  • Interfaces with internal and external key stakeholders including other departments, leaders across the organization, and representatives from external agencies/organizations in the management of the program to provide guidance, resolve issues, grow the program, and/or implement processes and/or solutions.  Identifies and defines any logistics, action items, changes, or information needed to effectively manage the program. 
  • Identifies opportunities for process improvements and introduction of best practices within the department function.  Participates in organizational process and/or efficiency initiatives as applicable and related to areas of expertise.
  • Drives change by providing centralized development, implementation, and oversight of programs and initiatives designed to improve and support relevant programs. 
  • Assesses communication and training needs, develops and implements any applicable communication, education, training, on-boarding and/or mentorship pertaining to the program. Provides regular communication to departments and leaders across the organization. Notifies stakeholders of any changes to the program. May work with cross-functional teams across multiple departments to develop communication and training materials.
  • Maintains data system integrity and ensures quality assurance measures are followed based on departmental standard operating procedures. May provide ad hoc reporting to support recommendations observed through trend analysis for future planning and enhancements.
  • Monitors program to ensure appropriate governance and program compliance with local, state, and federal laws; accreditation, professional and regulatory agency standards, and licensure requirements.  Maintains staff and program compliance with organizational policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrates initiative, resourcefulness, and problem-solving skills in applying a detailed knowledge of the responsibilities, functions, and underlying management structure of the department and of the larger health system in organizing and prioritizing work, establishing procedures and systems, and ensuring the orderly and timely flow of operations.
  • Resolves and reconciles peer review problems and discrepancies. Serves as the primary resource to hospital and Medical Staff leadership regarding the Peer Review process. Provides consultation to medical staff, senior and service line leadership on complex cases and incorporates concepts of safety and standards of care into daily work.
  • Facilitates peer review within respective departments and assists with the review of additional cases, when required for ongoing professional practice evaluation (OPPE) and focused professional practice evaluation (FPPE).  Guides physician reviewers / medical staff leadership to pertinent information in the electronic medical record.  Assures that Case Review Worksheets are completed in a timely fashion.
  • Creates and validates data for the monthly medical executive committee (MEC) and OPPE report to satisfy Medical Executive Committee and Joint Commission requirements. Oversees the OPPE schedule to assure chair sign off occurs approximately every six to eight months.
  • Leads and facilitates elevated reviews to a Level II or III Proctoring including oversight of all written and verbal communication with department chairs, legal, senior leadership, and physician under review.
  • Oversees the Physician Well-Being program process; ensures seamless application of activities such as handling of all communication, standing and subcommittee meeting coordination, reports, and minute maintenance. Provides guidance to committee chair in collaboration with Medical Affairs leadership and Medical Staff legal counsel.
  • Ensures the protection and maintenance of confidential records of all meetings and maintenance of individual physician files; may support in preparing committee agenda in collaboration with respective committee chair. Serves as liaison and point of contact for correspondence with physicians referred to the committee.
  • Ensures trending of key performance indicators pertinent to Well-Being, Peer Review, and OPPE

Qualifications

Job Qualifications:

Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, Healthcare Administration, Management, Business Administration or related field required.  

Experience:

  • At least five (5) years of experience working within a Healthcare quality management/performance improvement, program management, or related experience. 
  • At least five (5) years of Managing Academic Clinical Department(s), Service Line(s), and/or related Department(s) in a Healthcare Setting

Req ID : 3091
Working Title : Associate Director, Medical Affairs
Department : Peer Rev Quality Svc Pt Safety
Business Entity : Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Job Category : Compliance / Quality
Job Specialty : Patient Safety
Overtime Status : EXEMPT
Primary Shift : Day
Shift Duration : 8 hour
Base Pay : $109,512 - $191,651

Our compensation philosophy

We offer competitive total compensation that includes pay, benefits, and other recognition programs for our employees. The base pay range shown above takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including knowledge/skills; relevant experience and training; education/certifications/licensure; and other business and organizational factors. This base pay range does not include our comprehensive benefits package and any incentive payments that may be applicable to this role. Pay Transparency Non Discrimination Provision (PDF) (opens in new window)

Diversity and Inclusion at Cedars-Sinai

We are caretakers and innovators committed to the pursuit of equitable healthcare. But health equity is not possible without representation. Our commitment to diversity goes beyond demographics or checking boxes. Our people must reflect the diverse identities, experiences and geographies of the communities and patients we serve – because that’s what our patients, colleagues and communities deserve. Quality Care and Research—For All, By All (opens in new window).

Cedars-Sinai is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

Cedars-Sinai does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of the race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics or any genetic information), marital status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age (40 or older), military and/or veteran status or any other basis protected by federal or state law. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by email at Applicant_Accommodation@cshs.org and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

Cedars-Sinai will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories, in accordance with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

At Cedars-Sinai, we are dedicated to the safety, health and wellbeing of our patients and employees. This includes protecting our patients from communicable diseases, such as influenza (flu) and COVID-19. For this reason, we require that all new employees receive a flu vaccine based on the seasonal availability of flu vaccine (typically during September through April each year) as a condition of employment, and annually thereafter as a condition of continued employment, subject to medical exemption or religious accommodation. For the same reason, you may also be required to receive other vaccines such as COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Cedars-Sinai reserves the right to make modifications to its required list of vaccines as required by law and/or policy. Cedars-Sinai’s AA Policy Statement (PDF) (opens in new window)

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