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North Carolina Community and State Chief Medical Officer

Company: UnitedHealth Group
Location: Greensboro
Posted on: July 9, 2024

Job Description:

At UnitedHealthcare, we're simplifying the health care experience, creating healthier communities and removing barriers to quality care. The work you do here impacts the lives of millions of people for the better. Come build the health care system of tomorrow, making it more responsive, affordable and equitable. Ready to make a difference? Join us to start Caring. Connecting. Growing together.

The C&S Plan Chief Medical Officer has accountability for ensuring that local health plan, United Clinical Services and UHC initiatives focusing on clinical excellence, quality ratings improvement, appropriate inpatient and outpatient utilization, health care affordability, health system transformation including provider network issues, mandated provisions and compliance, growth and focused improvement are implemented and successfully managed to achieve goals. This position reports to the local C&S plan President and has dotted line relationships to the C&S Chief Medical Officer and UCS market-assigned Regional Chief Medical Officer. The C&S Plan CMO's primary responsibilities are directed towards C&S plan activities as defined by the C&S plan CEO, also collaborates with United Clinical Services (UCS) staff including the regional Chief Medical Officer, and other market and regional matrix partners to implement programs to support and meet market C&S, UCS/ UHC and line of business goals.

If you reside in NC, you will have the flexibility to work remotely* as you take on some tough challenges.

Primary Responsibilities:
Quality and Affordability - The Plan CMO has primary responsibility and accountability for Total Medical PMPM performance and targets for the local C&S plan. This will require a close working relationship with UCS clinical operations teams as well as with the C&S and UCS national affordability team. Activities will include conducting hospital Joint Operations Committee meetings with Network, contributing to-and implementing-regional Medical Cost Operating Team (MCOT) decisions, data sharing with physicians and physician groups on quality and efficiency improvement opportunities, and implementing local Health Care Affordability Initiatives. The Medical director will serve as clinical lead for healthcare affordability initiatives at the local market and establishing a process for sharing data with hospitals and physicians and completing peer to peer communications as required. Additionally, the Plan CMO has primary responsibility to oversee new clinical model operations including ACC Accountable Care Community relationships, Target setting JOC leadership. Support UHN initiatives and Quality Affordability Programs as required to achieve the appropriate inpatient and outpatient utilization and affordability goals of the C&S Health Plan and United Clinical Services/ UHC. The Plan CMO has oversight responsibility of the C&S market peer review process as defined by State regulator as well as participating in or leading the Peer Review committee.
Clinical Excellence - The C&S plan CMO works closely with the Health Services VP and Health Plan Quality Director and supports the HEDIS data collection process, STARs clinical collection process, CAHPS improvement, and drive Health Plan accreditation activities as well as quality rating initiatives for the local C&S plan. Acts as an improvement catalyst for all quality-related efforts including Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Star initiatives. Communicate to providers on new focus and measure/process changes. Supports all Clinical Quality initiatives and peer review processes including Quality of Care and Quality of Service issues.
Relationship Equity and State Compliance - The Plan CMO maintains a solid working knowledge of all government mandates and provisions for the local C&S market, as well as working across the enterprise to implement and maintain compliant clinical programs and procedures. S/he also is committed to being effectively engaged with our external constituents such as consumers/members, physicians, medical and specialty societies, hospitals and hospital associations, federal/state regulators, and market-based collaborative. The CMO will work collaboratively in these activities with ongoing UCS initiatives under the aegis of UCS Regional CMO. The Plan CMO will be the outward face to State regulators based upon Contract, and direction of Plan President and C&S CMO
Innovation - The Plan CMO leads the clinical interface with care providers and UHC network management colleagues in efforts to transform the health system. Primary local responsibility is to drive AMH Performance through identification of appropriate practices; initial contact and target setting, and Implementation, as well as ongoing leadership of monthly JOCs. Knowledge of Value Based contracting variants for C&S will be essential Secondary responsibility will include but not limited to, UHC's Accountable Care Platform, clinical practice transformation, patient-centered medical homes, accountable care organizations, creative care management programs, high-performance networks and network optimization, and consumer engagement
Growth - This medical director delivers the clinical value proposition focused on quality, affordability, and service, in support of growth activities of the C&S Health Plan and the plan CMO reviews and edits communications materials as required and represents the voice of the market-based customer in program design. The Plan CMO actively promotes positive relations and advocacy with State/local regulatory authorities and Medical Societies and records such in PEI tool
Focused Improvement - The Plan CMO is responsible for identifying opportunities through participation in regional and local Medical Cost Operating Teams or Market reviews, National MCOT. S/he actively participates in Joint Operating Committees/Business Reviews. S/he also provides local feedback on, and oversight of the performance Optum Behavioral Solutions and Optum Health as needed. Additional responsibilities include the timely collection and entry of information into Online Engagement Survey tools and scorecards; developing action plans for sub-optimal results; and taking a leadership role in Quality Affordability Programs initiatives
Grievance and Appeals - the Plan CMO maintains an active liaison with UCS G&A and is responsible for representing the Local C&S plan at State Fair Hearings

Demonstrable Skills and Experiences:


Ability to build a team that values organizational and Plan success over personal success; provide ongoing coaching and feedback to ensure peak performance; identify and invest in high potentials, actively manage underperformance
Focus staff on the company's mission; inspire superior performance; ensure understanding of strategic context; set clear performance goals; focus energy on serving the customer; provide ongoing communication to the team; discontinue non-critical efforts
Drive disciplined fact-based decisions
Execute with discipline and urgency: Drive exceptional performance; deliver value to the customer; closely monitor execution; drive operational excellence; get directly involved when needed; actively manage financial performance; balance speed with analysis; ensure accountability for results
Drive change and innovation though continually seeking and implementing innovative solutions; create a culture that thrives on continuous change; inspire people to stretch beyond their comfort zone; take well-reasoned risk; challenge "the way it has always been done"; change direction as required
Model and demand integrity and compliance
Proven ability to execute and drive improvements against stated goals
Ability to develop relationships with network and community physicians and other providers
Visibility and involvement in medical community
Ability to successfully function in a matrix organization


Leadership Expectations:

Deliver value to members by optimizing the member experience and maximizing member growth and retention
Lead and influence Health Plan employees by fostering teamwork and collaboration, driving employee engagement, and leveraging diversity and inclusion
Develop and mentor others while also building awareness to your own strengths and development needs
Influence and negotiate effectively to arrive at win-win solutions
Communicate and present effectively, listen actively and attentively to others, and convey genuine interest
Lead change and innovation by demonstrating emotional resilience, managing change by proactively communicating the case for change and promoting a culture that thrives on change
Play an active role in implementing innovation solutions by challenging the status quo and encouraging others to do so
Drive sound and disciplined decisions that drive action while effectively using financial knowledge and data to manage the business
Drive high-quality execution and operational excellence by communicating clear directions and expectations
Manage execution by delegating work to maximize productivity, exceed goals and improve performance
Excellent interpersonal communication skills
Creative problem-solving skills
Solid team player and team building skills
Strategic thinking with proven ability to communicate a vision and drive results


You'll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in. Required Qualifications:

Active/unrestricted North Carolina Medical License
Active/unrestricted Board Certification in internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, OB/GYN and/or emergency medicine
5+ years of clinical practice experience
Experience in Value Based Contracting / Risk contracting
Solid knowledge of managed care industry and the Medicaid line of business
Familiarity with current medical issues and practices
Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
Proven ability to develop relationships with network and community physicians and other providers
Proven ability to focus on key metrics
Proven superior presentation skills for both clinical and non-clinical audiences
Demonstrated excellent project management skills
Proven solid data analysis and interpretation skills
Demonstrated negotiation and conflict management skills
Resides in North Carolina and available for routine, in-person contact with market-teams, network providers, stakeholders, and regulators


Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience with behavioral health delivery, SUD treatment, child welfare, pharmacy management and related regulatory areas (ex. Parity)
Experience with UHC and/or Optum clinical operations and medical leadership
Demonstrated knowledge and professional experience with Medicaid managed care


*All employees working remotely will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group's Telecommuter Policy

At UnitedHealth Group, our mission is to help people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone. We believe everyone-of every race, gender, sexuality, age, location and income-deserves the opportunity to live their healthiest life. Today, however, there are still far too many barriers to good health which are disproportionately experienced by people of color, historically marginalized groups and those with lower incomes. We are committed to mitigating our impact on the environment and enabling and delivering equitable care that addresses health disparities and improves health outcomes - an enterprise priority reflected in our mission.


Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug - free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

Keywords: UnitedHealth Group, Greensboro , North Carolina Community and State Chief Medical Officer, Executive , Greensboro, North Carolina

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