Meritus Health has an opportunity for a Physician Advisor/Medical Director Dyad Leader at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, MD. This is a hospital employee, non-clinical position.
Meritus Health provides an essential healthcare resource for communities in Western Maryland, South Central Pennsylvania, and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Operating in a unique financial environment, Meritus faces increasing pressure to demonstrate it provides high quality care to the populations that it serves. Recognizing that success will require tighter collaboration between physicians and the health system, the physician and executive leadership at Meritus have committed to a significant transformation of the organizational and medical staff structure. These changes will result in the development of several clinical service lines responsible for managing patients across the continuum of care, co-led by physician and administrative dyad partners.
Physician leaders will have authority and accountability for improving how clinical care is delivered, working collaboratively with their administrative partners. This will result in improved quality of care, greater patient, physician and staff satisfaction; and improved efficiency through the reduction in unnecessary clinical variation and streamlined clinical operations. The physician and executive leadership at Meritus believe that this work represents a fundamentally different approach compared to past efforts to improve patient care. Through the commitment to engaging physician leaders in strategically important decision-making, supporting the partnership between physician and administrative leaders, creating a supportive and collaborative culture that is professionally fulfilling and fun to work in, and fostering transparent communication, Meritus will be able to build a thriving clinical enterprise that effectively addresses the future needs of the population it serves.
Primary responsibilities include:
- In partnership with the administrative dyad leader, the physician dyad leader is charged with strategic direction, service line operational performance and other initiatives related to the Service Line, which spans the full breadth of the care continuum.
- Working with administrative dyad leader improve quality, satisfaction and utilization metrics.
- Work with medical staff to address clinical variation and develop standard protocols and processes.
- Quality oversight and clinical performance monitoring: establish and monitor a Service Line dashboard and quality goals, ensure adherence to Medical Staff Standards, monitor and manage patient experience scores, evaluate and manage physician, APP, nursing and other ancillary provider quality, and develop and implement clinical quality initiatives including reduction of clinical variation.
- Provides leadership and works with the medical staff, care managers to optimize population health and the appropriate use of hospital services for all patients while also ensuring the quality of care provided.
The benefits of this transformation are significant. These include the following:
- Physician leaders will have authority and accountability for improving how clinical care is delivered, working collaboratively with their administrative partners. This will result in improved quality of care, greater patient, physician and staff satisfaction; and improved efficiency through the reduction in unnecessary clinical variation and streamlined clinical operations.
- By investing in the development of service lines responsible for care across the continuum (in inpatient, outpatient and community settings), Meritus will be better able to manage the health of the communities that it serves.
- Historically, physician leadership has been organized by departments and divisions based upon professional training and disciplines. The creation of a service line structure will facilitate planning and decision-making across clinical disciplines which is better suited for managing the care of most patients who require multidisciplinary support.
- There will be an opportunity to streamline and make more efficient the medical staff leadership structure. Because service lines will be responsible for overseeing many of the important strategic and operational changes required for clinical services, the medical staff activities can be streamlined, focusing on its core medical functions.
- By creating and supporting the development of physician leadership roles responsible for key clinical areas of the organization, Meritus is making an investment in the future success of the organization.
Minimum knowledge, skills and experience:
- Graduate of accredited medical school and residency program in Internal, Family or Emergency Medicine. Hospitalist experience preferred
- Current Board Certification
- Maryland Medical License, or ability to obtain
- Leadership experience
- Minimum of 5 years recent experience in clinical practice
- Effective working relationships with physicians/peers
- Excellent communication skills
- Managerial or leadership experience, dexterity with financial and quality data, interpersonal sensitivity and ability to handle political charged issues, skilled in building relationships across departments, orientation to results and goals
- Knowledgeable in principles of utilization management, medical necessity criteria, hospital quality and safety, and clinical documentation and coding
- Knowledge of Medicare regulations, use of clinical criteria, changes in healthcare regulations
For consideration, contact: Amy-Catherine McEwan, Physician Recruiter: AC.McEwan@MeritusHealth.com 301-665-4508.