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Chief Medical Officer

Arlington, VA, USA | Leading Healthcare - Hospitals Company

  • Industry:
    Healthcare - Hospitals
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    Biotech/R&D/Science
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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As a member of the executive leadership team, the Chief Medical Officer is responsible for providing clinical perspective, knowledge, experience, and leadership to ensure collaboration and alignment between the entity and the medical staff.The CMO facilitates communication with the Medical Staff, and oversees the overall quality of care and clinical utilization provided by the Medical Staff.This executive encourages and facilitates participation of the Medical Staff in quality initiatives, clinical resource utilization, physician performance monitoring, and use of clinical information technology, medical education and clinical outcomes. The CMO assists with the recruitment and retention of physicians, and assists the medical staff in its application of credentialing, privileging, and reapplication activities. In conjunction with the respective system officers, the CMO acts as the facility’s liaison for facilitating and coordinating the use of clinical information technology.The Chief Medical Officer will provide leadership of physician engagement and integration activities.

As appropriate to the individual institution, the CMO may have added operational roles.These could include radiology, pharmacy, emergency room, and operating room.These operational roles will interface with the institution’s operational plan and personnel.

Key internal relationships include executive and physician Regional Leadership (to include the leadership of the organized medical staff as well as the “informal” leaders of the medical staff) and corporate leadership in strategy and business development and information technology. 

The Chief Medical Officer is resonsible for compliance with all clinical medical policies, directives, rules, regulations and clinical performance standards of the state, the federal government, hospital bylaws and accrediting bodies.

Clinical Integration

A primary duty of the CMO is the ongoing development and maintenance of a trust-based relationship between the Medical Staff and Executive Management team.Because of this physician executive’s unique combination of clinical credentials and management experience, he or she will serve as a resource to both practitioners and administration.

The Chief Medical Officer is responsible for clear and consistent communication among the parties.The CMO will seek input and involvement from the Medical Staff and provide the Medical Staff with information concerning the rationale and impact of decisions made by the senior management team, while also translating the concerns and issues of the medical staff relative to management’s decision making. 

The CMO is expected to encourage effective and open communications and cooperative interactions with Medical Staff members, administrative leaders and community leaders to support the system’s growth and service initiatives. Additionally, the Chief Medical Officer will engage and support nursing leadership excellence, collaborate on nursing patient care outcomes, enable state of the art evaluation methodologies, effective data collection and reporting systems, and focus on continuous performance improvement.The CMO enhances the collegial relationship of nurses and physicians, aligning with the vision of the IOM’s 2011 Future of Nursing report.The CMO works with case management to address length of stay, patient flow, timely discharge, effectiveness, and clinical outcomes management; provides oversight to physician advisors working with case management; aids in the development of standardized order sets, protocols, and clinical pathways to support the design of effective patient care delivery models, and works with case management and performance improvement to monitor use of approved care pathways and to facilitate adoption by the medical staff.

The Chief Medical Officer provides directphysician executive oversight of medical staff services,by overseeing the credentialing of physicians/allied health practitioners and by serving as a resource to the medical staff.The CMO works with Medical Staffleadership and administrative staff to enhance the organization's effectiveness within the entity and system.The CMO works with the medical staff leadership to provide on-going evaluation of medical staff and allied health practitioner performance. In conjunction with respective entity leaders, the Chief Medical Officer oversees the medical staff hospital-based services (Medical/Surgical Hospitalists, Intensivists, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Pathology and Anesthesia) and local medical directorships while overseeing clinical quality, and clinical resource utilization in conjunction with local clinical executives, corporate quality officer, physician advisors and case management.

The CMO provides direct involvement in support of the development of service lines, clinical programs and protocols as a means to assure high value healthcare and further clinical integration.In developing this clinical integration, the CMO works to enhance care across the continuum among all THR affiliated facilities and across zones and service lines.

The Chief Medical Officer works with the CHIO to coordinate the informatics function of the medical staff including computerized physician order management and the electronic medical record and demonstrates proficiency in the use of clinical information systems and demonstrate experience in developing/promoting evidence-based care through the use of technology. 

Establishes and advances collaborative and collegial relationships with key stakeholders across disciplines at all levels of the organization, ie. Entity, Zone and System Levels.Models and advances a collegial relationship between physicians and nursing at all levels of the organization.

The Chief Medical Officer provides direct physician executive oversight of medical staff services,by overseeing the credentialing of physicians/allied health practitioners and by serving as a resource to the medical staff.The CMO works with Medical Staffleadership and administrative staff to enhance the organization's effectiveness within the entity and system.The CMO works with the medical staff leadership to provide on-going evaluation of medical staff and allied health practitioner performance. In conjunction with respective entity leaders, the Chief Medical Officer oversees the medical staff hospital-based services (Medical/Surgical Hospitalists, Intensivists, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Pathology and Anesthesia) and local medical directorships while overseeing clinical quality, and clinical resource utilization in conjunction with local clinical executives, corporate quality officer, physician advisors and case management.

The CMO provides direct involvement in support of the development of service lines, clinical programs and protocols as a means to assure high value healthcare and further clinical integration.In developing this clinical integration, the CMO works to enhance care across the continuum among all THR affiliated facilities and across zones and service lines.

The Chief Medical Officer works with the CHIO to coordinate the informatics function of the medical staff including computerized physician order management and the electronic medical record and demonstrates proficiency in the use of clinical information systems and demonstrate experience in developing/promoting evidence-based care through the use of technology. 

Establishes and advances collaborative and collegial relationships with key stakeholders across disciplines at all levels of the organization, ie. Entity, Zone and System Levels.Models and advances a collegial relationship between physicians and nursing at all levels of the organization.

Physician Recruitment and Leadership Development

The CMO oversees the design and implementation of effective recruitment, orientation and retention activities that will attract and keep new physicians.In addition, the CMO ensures a smooth and efficient application process for all new applicants to the medical staff and assists the medical staff in its application of credentialing, privileging, and reapplication activities.The CMO will have a significant role in entity physician contracting.

The Chief Medical Officer will lead physician leadership development at their entity to support the growth of physician leadership throughout THR.This includes a spectrum of elements, for use by local service area leadership that effectively supports the growth of physician leadership throughout THR in the areas of clinical integration, case management and strategic planning and execution.

This physician executive engages and supportsphysicians who are responsible for executing plans; leverage the full talent and expertise of physician leaders through constant mentoring and attention; develop next generation of physician leaders through listening, mentoring, and motivating to achieve the organization’s mission and vision building upon the unique partnership between the private/ voluntary and employed physician staff; help to shape and strengthen the clinical enterprise by creating synergies between the various medical staff entities and its physician constituents.

Management/Strategy

The CMO participates in strategic planning at several levels in the organization: as an integral part of the executive management team that develops plans, strategies and budgeting for organizational success, and in developing annual plans within medical affairs and assisting the Medical Staff leadership and clinical chiefs as they consider the hospital’s objectives and its plans for implementation of new clinical initiatives, medical equipment, technology and construction.

The CMO participates in the strategic planning process, the Chief Medical Officer will ensure medical staff goals and objectives are in alignment with facility goals and initiatives, and facilitates steering committees of the medical staff.Oversee systematic ideation programs to solicit clinical constituents and innovation opportunities, adhere to baseline criteria or thresholds for evaluation, review physician proposals and develop funding recommendations. 

In order to provide leadership for clinical information technologies, the CMO advises and provides consultation on the business requirements for clinical information technologies to support physician activities throughout THR entities.

Quality and Safety

As the senior physician executive, the CMO cooperates with the executive team and Medical Staff leadership to develop and maintain a comprehensive system to monitor, evaluate and improve the quality of patient care and resultant outcomes throughout the organization including but not limited to length of stay and clinical resource utilization, medical management, and performance improvement.This includes supporting nursing excellence, collaborating on nursing patient care outcomes, enabling state of the art evaluation methodologies, effective data collection and reporting systems, and focusing on continuous performance improvement. 

The CMO works together with nursing, physicians and other hospital staff members to embrace the highest level of quality and patient safety.The CMO will aid the entity and THR in working towards high reliability.This physician executive will have comfort and experience with multi-disciplinary teams and with collaborative, horizontal approaches to building care and quality. 

The CMO oversees development of physician performance measures and aids in distribution and explanation of the performance measures to department chairs and medical staff members.The CMO assures that the Medical Staff leaders have complete and accurate data, know how to interpret the data, and appreciate the implications of such findings.The CMO provides assistance as the medical staff makes its decisions and takes action as appropriate.Also, the CMO helps to educate physicians and other care providers and assumes a role in developing and monitoring practice patterns for physicians.The CMO collaborates with risk management to address issues such as, sentinel events and compliance with regulatory agency requirements.

Medical Affairs

The Medical Staff office and its medical affairs functions are the responsibility of the CMO.The CMO serves as a member of the Medical Executive Committee or Medical Board.The CMO coordinates with the Zone Chief Clinical Leader and credentialing committee to develop appropriate credentialing and privileging criteria.Additionally, the CMO assure that efficient and effective systems are in place and guides their operation.The CMO provides administrative support to and facilitates committees of the medical staff, provides advice and guidance to the officers of the Medical Staff.This physician executive also assures that medical staff leaders have necessary information to make decisions, implement medical care policies, and assure that appropriate bylaws and procedures are in place. The CMO works with the appropriate administrative staff and medical staff to facilitate the peer review process. 

The CMO will be a source of information about developments in the “business” of healthcare and other issues affecting the practice of medicine.The Medical Staff will be provided with periodic updates of national trends and local initiatives that will have an effect on their patient care decisions.The CMO will mentor members of the Medical Staff who show an interest in leadership activities by encouraging their participation in leadership education and voluntary roles and nurturing their growth as leaders.

Qualifications

Individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.This role requires the ability to solve problems, think outside-the-box, and be resourceful; must be result-oriented, a quick learner and self-starter.The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to build THR's culture for action.

The preferred candidate must be able to think strategically and execute tactically.To do so, s(he) must be able to establish credibility as a clinician and an executive.As a corollary to the above, the ability to effectively communicate with diverse internal and external constituencies and stakeholders is essential.It is expected this individual will exemplify the values of the organization and bring a competent, passionate, and high-energy focus to the Quality, Patient Safety and Performance Improvement programs and activities.

Education and/or Experience:

· MD/DO - Board certification in a medical or surgical specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties or American Osteopathic Association. Texas Medical License required or eligible. An M.B.A., M.P.H., or other advanced management degree is highly desirable.

· A minimum offive years’ experience in medical management as a CMO, CQO, or VP Medical Affairs. The 5 years’ experience as a CMO, CQO or VP Medical Affairs may be substituted with equivalent years of experience within progressively responsible roles in the areas of clinical performance improvement, patient safety accountability, physician relations and administration.

· Demonstrable and credible experience in clinical practice so that s(he) will be able to relate credibly to a diverse and exceptionally trained medical staff.

· Progressive leadership in healthcare and medical staff activities with clear achievements in these domains.

· Experience and achievements when accountable for Quality, and Patient Safety and Performance Improvement programs in a hospital setting.

· Experience with clinical informatics and/or an electronic health record.

· Experience and achievements executing Quality, Patient Safety and Performance Improvement programs by building consensus through complex organizational constituencies and/or stakeholders – in other words, the ability to lead through influence as well as authority. Ideally, some or all of this experience will have been obtained in a complex, multi-hospital system of at least five to seven hospitals and a diverse medical staff community.

· Clear evidence of the ability to both be an effective member of an executive team and build formal and informal relationships in order to achieve specific goals and objectives.

· An appetite for managing change and a tolerance for ambiguity.In other words, the ability to “stay on task” in a complex, fast moving organization.

· A passion for data, data analysis, and a willingness to establish and meet or exceed objective parameters of performance.

· Evidence of an ability to communicate effectively with diverse constituencies and stakeholder groups or individuals (orally and in writing) and to project integrity and inspire confidence.

· Lead by example and motivate and inspire others to improve care in a safe, contemporary, and compassionate manner.

· Clear evidence of the ability to effectively adapt leadership skills in different environments/cultures.


 


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