Department: Communicable Diseases/Focus on HIV and HepC
Position: Director of Communicable Diseases Prevention and Treatment
Employee Category: Exempt
Reporting Relationship: Chief Medical Officer
Character First Qualities:
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the administrative direction of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), the Director of Communicable Diseases performs professional, medical and administrative work. Provides leadership and education to all Primary Care providers and ancillary staff at Variety Care. Works with the executive management team and the Board of Directors to achieve the strategic goals of the health center.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Embodies the strength of personal character. Places value on being an open and honest communicator who displays high moral and ethical conduct, integrity, adaptability, and sound judgment.
Must be a leader in the department and community. Result-oriented problem solver who is responsible and accountable. Provides clinical leadership and direction to the professional and support staff of Variety Care.
Oversees the development, evaluation, and revision of the policies, procedures, and protocols for the communicable disease service line. Supervises all employed disease providers; including scheduling, evaluation, discipline, and problem solving with medical staff, as well as administrative oversight for contracted providers. Evaluates and treats patients by taking a health history; performing a physical examination; diagnosing the ailment; prescribing medication, if appropriate; and planning a course of treatment, follow up and health maintenance.
Maintains appropriate electronic health record (EHR) on each patient and completes records promptly. Appropriately notes in the EHR the type of visit, diagnosis and other information required for staff to determine patient's charges and complete reimbursement forms. Makes decisions pertaining to the care, follow up and disposition of his/her patients.
Generates the appropriate number of encounters to meet the standards set for a specialty provider by the Variety Care Board of Directors. Works as needed and collaboratively with the Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Women's Health Medical Directors in the continuing education of implementation of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) screening within the Primary Care. Collaborates in the Variety Care Continuing Quality Improvement (CQI) program and Dramatic Performance Improvement process (DPI). Meets with the Board level CQI committee quarterly or as determined by the committee chair.
Works with Administrative staff to improve the operations of the health center, laboratory, primary care planning, and educational processes. Directs changes in clinical operations and management as mandated by managed care and approved by CMO, CEO, and Board of Directors. Adheres to and enforces the use of universal precaution methods.
As appropriate based upon CMO enacted structure acts as Variety Care medical liaison at various medical associations, i.e. (County Medical Society) As appropriate based upon CMO enacted structure acts as Variety Care medical liaison at various national, state and local committee, association and affiliations (PCA, COINS, PACE, NACHC, etc.) Supports Clinical Services Director in supervision and coordination of all medical, advanced practice and nursing students. Provides input on the hiring and terminating of all medical staff (professional, advanced practice providers, and medical ancillary staff) to CMO. Hire, train and supervise personnel to assure efficient workflow of the department(s). Evaluate performance.
If necessary, monitor progressive discipline and recommend termination. Manage departmental workload by assigning/reassigning duties and responsibilities as required to accommodate changing priorities and conditions. Establish and maintain performance feedback and employee communication processes.
Provide administrative supervision for contract providers. Direct and control the functional operation of the department, formulating and enforcing policies and procedures. Establish and periodically review departmental goals and objectives; develop short- and long-term operating plans; when necessary, assist with development of grant related budgets and remain within the financial objectives of the organization in coordination with CMO and CFO.
Prepare projections that anticipate market and/or industry changes that will affect the department. Support and maintain Variety Care personnel, finance, and safety policies and procedures. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the health care and related industries through participation in local and national associations, review of trade publications, development of personal contacts, and continuing education seminars.
Be aware of industry trends to maintain a competitive advantage. Foster an atmosphere within the department that promotes quality service to Variety Care patients and internal customers through active listening, attention to accuracy and personal responsibility for business outcomes. As an effective team leader/member, confer, communicate and interact with all levels of management and staff to effectively coordinate special projects and develop working relationships to further the goals and objectives of Variety Care.
Support Variety Care's pursuit of accreditation as a Patient-Centered Medical Home and our commitment to provide care to all Variety patients that is Safe, Effective, Patient-Centered, Timely, Efficient, and Equitable. Provide leadership and work with all staff to achieve the goals of the "Quadruple Aim" of healthcare reform-to improve the experience of care, improve health outcomes, decrease healthcare costs, and improve healthcare worker job satisfaction. Directors are to be confident that functions under their responsibility are being properly managed, effective, in compliance with all Federal and State Laws and regulatory agency and free from ethical lapses, waste, fraud, abuse, and threats to health and safety to the best of their ability.
This includes the organization's efforts to prevent and/or mitigate loss, the risk to or from personnel, threats to its physical assets, damage to its technology and intellectual property, and risks arising from all elements surrounding the work environment. All members of management are to report systematically and promptly to senior management or directly to the Compliance Officer, any perceived new risks or failure of existing control measures. Ensure effective management of the organization's performance in such areas as community affairs, human rights, employment practices, health and safety, and the environment.
Completion of an accredited medical school or graduate school (M.D., D.O., P.A.-C.); Board-Certified or eligible diplomat status required. Unrestricted medical license from the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure or the Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners.
Unrestricted DEA licensure and unrestricted OBNDD certificate. Five (5) to ten (10) years of working experience in an Infectious Diseases or Internal Medicine practice. Leadership ability to solve operational and medical problems to ensure a high level of health care delivery.
Ability to make independent medical judgments and decisions regarding patient care. Ability to be tactful and diplomatic when dealing with staff, patients, administration and outside professionals.
Bilingual language (English and Spanish) is preferred. Previous clinic management practice experience preferred.
Must be able to lift 25 pounds. Must have excellent concentration ability. Must be able to drive between and to all health centers upon notice or as needed.