• Vice President of Utilization Review & Management

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    2 weeks ago(4/13/2018 5:44 AM)
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    Job Summary:


    At American Addiction Centers, we take pride in our role as a national leader in addiction treatment. Together, we share a vision to revolutionize the care provided to the 20+ million adult Americans who need treatment for substance related disorders. To elevate the standard of care provided to our patients, we seek talented leaders, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals to join us in our efforts to provide exceptional clinical care. Our mission is to provide quality, compassionate, and innovative care to adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Through comprehensive and customized treatment plans, our research-based, empathetic care we instill hope that long-term recovery is attainable. Our purpose and passion are to empower patients, their families, and our communities by helping individuals achieve recovery and optimal wellness of the mind, body, and spirit. We are seeking passionate leaders to become part of this movement.


    The Vice President is responsible to ensure effective and cost-efficient management of Utilization Review & Management (“UR/UM”). The VP of UR/UM, in conjunction with facility leadership and their UR teams, will oversee operations to ensure our patients: 1) receive appropriate access to our facilities, 2) are provided the right level of care at the right time, and 3) maximize access, care, and revenue potential for the business in a highly ethical work environment.  We firmly believe that good UR is great service and care. He/she facilitates crucial coordination with Call Center, facility admissions, billing, denial management, collections and related support activities across the AAC enterprise. This individual is responsible for the development and maintenance of policies, procedures, processes, systems, metrics, people and programs required to improve the quality and performance of our end-to-end UR/UM, and in coordination with the AAC Revenue Cycle processes.


    Reports to: President/COO


    Job Duties:

    • Provide strategic direction and leadership to the UR teams in the field
    • Develop, implement, and maintains cost-effective UR/UM policies, procedures, systems, processes, metrics and programs to improve intake quality
    • Provide scheduled and just-in-time training to the field staff; assist in orienting new staff in the field
    • Provide expertise for complex cases; handle escalations for just-in-time needs in the field
    • Identify and spread best practices; develop playbooks to socialize across the enterprise
    • Develop, motivate and coach employees to their potential; In collaboration with facility CEOs, conduct performance evaluations and disciplinary action as necessary
    • Develop and achieve AAC targets for UR performance
    • Conduct tracers on UR throughout the admissions through revenue cycle process to identify areas for improvement, gaps in knowledge, or training needs
    • Conduct regular site visits as needed with COO to ensure facilities’ UR departments meet performance standards and have implemented best practices
    • Collaborate with IT, Finance, Billing and Managed Care leadership to perform necessary review, testing, training and oversight of our UR systems to ensure data integrity resulting from and used within the UR, billing and collections processes
    • Partner with IT and Billing to identify automation improvements to streamline workflows, reduce errors, and eliminate unnecessary manual “workarounds”
    • Support AAC’s growth through participation in business reviews; provide due diligence as it pertains to UR
    • Develop transition plans and oversee the effective and timely integration of UR into newly developed or acquired programs, services or facilities
    • Implement a communication program for all involved in UR activities
    • Coordinate with managed care contracting and payor relations on UR related elements, challenges and opportunities to improve working relationships and patient care
    • Consult and collaborate with Legal when we identify payors not acting with integrity and according to their provider plan or the law
    • Maintain customer satisfaction through timely courteous accurate responses to patient, payor and responsible party for any UR inquiries
    • Implement appropriate staff education programs and develop training programs to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, payor and requirements applicable to our business
    • Ensure departmental compliance with HIPPA regulations


    Job Requirements:

    • Master’s degree in healthcare or related field required
    • RN strongly preferred and highly desirable
    • Minimum ten years of healthcare UR and/or case management experience; preferably at least five years in a leadership role in UR
    • In-depth knowledge of Interqual (although not used in this role); similar system may be substituted
    • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to interface with staff and demonstrate leadership with various levels of UR knowledge and skillsets
    • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience, able to work cross-functionally, build consensus, and develop staff
    • Results-oriented leader; able to develop and manage with KPI and metrics
    • Understanding of revenue cycle, ASAM Patient Placement Criteria, and managed care medical necessity criteria
    • Sense of urgency related to process improvement, especially PDSA focused
    • Knowledge of healthcare EMR, billing systems, and reporting requirements
    • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
    • Must have a proven ability to become proficient in the use of Sigmund and Salesforce
    • Travel approximately 30-40%
    • If in personal recovery, a minimum of 2 years clean and sober

    AAC is committed to principles of equal opportunities for all employees.  The Company will provide reasonable accommodations that are necessary to comply with State and Federal disability discrimination laws.



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