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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON Chief Compliance Officer
The University of Washington (UW), one of the nation's preeminent public universities, invites nominations and applications for the position of Chief Compliance Officer, UW Medicine/Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs (CCO/AVPMA).
A primary role of UW Medicine Compliance is to develop and maintain hospital and clinic compliance programs for the clinical enterprises of UW Medicine including: Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, Airlift Northwest, UW Physicians and the UW School of Medicine. Specifically, UW Medicine Compliance covers hospital and professional fee billing and documentation; privacy; identity theft prevention; EMTALA and other areas of institutional compliance within the clinical enterprise. UW Medicine Compliance also collaborates with other designated university offices including Internal Audit, Risk Management, Business Affairs, and Research to prevent, detect and respond to issues involving additional regulatory areas, including:
Use of state resources
Stark and anti-kickback regulations
Conflict of interest
The Chief Compliance Officer, UW Medicine/Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington (CCO/AVPMA) reports directly to Paul Ramsey, M.D., CEO, UW Medicine, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine (CEO/EVPMA/Dean) and is responsible for the following:
Maintaining and evolving an effective compliance program covering fraud, waste and abuse prevention (e.g., clinical billing, Stark Law and Anti-kickback Statute), faculty effort reporting, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security, Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), ethics, professionalism, conflicts of interest and identity theft prevention;
Assuring coordination and collaboration with affiliated organizations and other UW compliance programs (e.g., research, environmental health and safety, scientific integrity) and assurance offices (e.g., internal audit, risk management, information technology);
Leading UW Medicine's compliance systems and initiatives, working closely with the UW Vice Presidents for Medical Affairs (UW Medicine Chief Health System Officer, Chief Business Officer, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Advancement Officer, and Chief Financial Officer);
Ensuring effective communication and collaboration between compliance program officers, entity executives and operational stakeholders;
Maintaining a direct relationship with the UW Medicine Board Compliance Committee and with the Office of the President of the University;
Serving as a member of UW Medicine's senior leadership team.
The CCO/AVPMA has an important role in the development of strategies and initiatives to advance the UW Medicine mission of improving the health of the public. Important work required to advance the UW Medicine mission includes, in part, the delivery of advanced medical diagnosis and treatment services, clinical support for the education of medical students and graduate and post-graduate trainees, and maintenance of one of the largest and most advanced university-based basic and clinical research programs in the United States. In support of these activities, the CCO/AVPMA must maintain strong working relations with the US Department of Health and Human Services, US Department of Justice, Washington Department of Social & Health Services, the Medicare Administrative Contractor for Washington State, and other similar agencies. The CCO/AVPMA also represents UW Medicine for compliance issues in national professional associations, including but not limited to the Association of Academic Medical Centers (AAMC) and Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC).
Principal Accountabilities and Responsibilities The Chief Compliance Officer directs and monitors the implementation and operation of the UW Medicine compliance program, with specific responsibility to:
Maintain and evolve a mature UW Medicine Compliance Program that satisfies federal and state requirements and is subject to periodic evaluations of program effectiveness.
Advise the CEO/EVPMA/Dean and VPMAs on the status of material compliance issues at UW Medicine.
Serve as Chief Privacy Officer for UW Medicine.
Provide executive leadership in matters related to the staffing, strategy, philosophy and organizational structure of the UW Medicine compliance program; determine overall staffing needs in consultation with compliance officers; recruit, hire, mentor and supervise compliance officers and other direct reports.
Oversee the strategic planning and management of resources to support the Program and establish fiscally responsible budgets.
As the chief staff support to the UW Medicine Board Compliance Committee, work with the Committee chair to develop annual schedules, manage meeting agendas and establish standard formats for reports to the Committee; prepare the annual compliance report to the UW Board of Regents; report at least annually to entity-specific boards.
Serve as chief staff support to the UW Medicine Compliance Governance Group, working closely with the chair to develop meeting agendas and execute responsibilities identified in the group charter.
Convene the UW Medicine Compliance Operational Implementation Steering Committee, the Compliance Officers Group and the Compliance Program Group; appoint chairs of working groups; ensure effective management and administrative support of official compliance committees.
Coordinate the resolution and management of shared concerns and initiatives with entity-level executives and compliance officers, including those from Children's University Medical Group, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and other affiliated entities.
Collaborate with the UW Privacy Official, the UW Medicine Chief Information Security Officer, and the UW Chief Information Security Officer to address privacy and information security issues.
Collaborate with other UW compliance programs (e.g., research, environmental health and safety, scientific integrity) and assurance offices (e.g., internal audit, risk management, information technology).
Serve as the CEO/EVPMA/Dean's chief liaison with offices of the UW administration and the UW Division of the Office of the Attorney General on matters of compliance.
Serve on executive-level committees of UW Medicine, including the Strategic Leadership Council, and participate in UW Medicine strategic planning processes.
Collaborate with other UW Medicine leaders, including: UW VPMAs; School of Medicine Vice Deans, Chairs and Directors; UW Medicine Executive Directors, and presidents of the clinical practice plans.
Ensure development and maintenance of an effective records management program for official compliance documents, including compliance policies.
Serve as signatory authority for UW Medicine compliance policies as delegated by the CEO/AVPMA/Dean.
Represent UW Medicine Compliance in national, state and regional associations.
Goals & Objectives Measures of Success The CCO/AVPMA is expected to accomplish several key objectives within the first 12 to 18 months:
Partner with senior management and become fully integrated into the leadership team. Be a solution-oriented team player who has credibility and integrity, provides counsel and contributes broadly as a subject-matter leader.
Articulate a vision and develop a strategic plan that will guide the future direction of compliance and privacy and align with the overall strategic initiatives of UW Medicine.
Establish collaborative working relationships across UW Medicine, taking an integrated approach working across all eight entities, inclusive of four acute care hospitals, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, Airlift Northwest and affiliated organizations.
Continue to instill a culture of partnership among colleagues within and outside the department.
Promote and champion a service-oriented culture within the department so all employees feel comfortable seeking guidance from the areas of compliance, privacy and security.
Evaluate system-wide education programs, policies and procedures to ensure organization-wide compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, especially those relating to clinical billing and documentation; privacy; identify theft prevention; EMTALA and other areas of institutional compliance.
Maintain awareness of laws and regulations, keeping abreast of current changes that may affect healthcare providers through personal initiative, seminars, training programs and peer contact.
Prepare reports to the CEO/EVPMA/Dean and the UW Medicine Board Compliance Committee on a regular basis. Maintain the system of management reporting that provides UW Medicine with timely and relevant information on all aspects of compliance issues, including new developments in the area of government compliance enforcement. Reports on matters of business ethics, legal compliance and the operations of the program.
Serve as a collaborative partner and advisor to administration, education and clinical leaders involved in healthcare delivery. The CCO/AVPMA will use and promote compliance as a means to optimize the mission of the institution and empower people to take full ownership of their decisions and readily share information.
Continue to build upon and further develop a strong working relationship with Internal Audit, Risk Management, Business Affairs, and Research.
The CCO/AVPMA must possess a combination of skills and abilities to successfully manage a complex set of responsibilities in a high profile, academic health sciences organization, including:
A bachelor's degree in business, public administration, policy administration, health administration or closely related field is required. Plus 9 years relevant work experience.
An advanced degree is preferred.
CHC, CHC-F, CHRC and/or CCEP preferred.
Experience and Skills
Extensive corporate compliance experience in healthcare, preferably in an academic health sciences setting with a demonstrated understanding of all elements of corporate compliance in relationship to practice plan management and healthcare delivery, including strategy, business planning, operations and finance.
Expertise in all aspects of assigned functions, including development and management of corporate compliance plans, reporting systems and controls.
Knowledge of federal and state health services regulations, including Medicare and Medicaid, third party payers, HIPAA and state privacy rules, EMTALA and regulations and other external agencies and businesses.
Knowledge of the issues and challenges facing the clinical, education, and research components of an academic medical system with a full understanding of, and ability to adopt corporate compliance efforts to effectively respond to changes in healthcare and research practices, legal/regulatory changes and technological trends.
Foster and promote compliance in a collaborative and supportive manner that enhances the mission and productivity of an academic medical center.
Accomplish results and effectively integrate functions across units with business plans amid competing priorities in a complex multi-mission organization.
Effectively communicate and educate in a way that builds and maintains a climate of trust and inspires commitment from others to achieve organization goals. Ability to work effectively with a wide range of faculty, management and staff, as well as representatives of regulatory agencies and businesses.
Demonstrate ongoing commitment to values of diversity and an institutional culture of inclusiveness, including in the areas of recruitment, selection and development of staff.
Have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to communicate complex compliance concepts in a clear, concise, and practical manner to many audiences including senior leadership, board members and external audiences.
Demonstrate and set high standards of behavior, performance, quality, credibility and integrity. Exhibit judgment and business acumen necessary to effectively advocate for corporate compliance agenda.
Consistently interact with all members of the organization in ways that enhance understanding, respect, cooperation and problem-solving.
Recognize the need for change; adapt to, and cause others to adapt to values, strategies, goals and plans in response to changing business conditions.
Generate and encourage creative ideas, innovative thinking and imaginative solutions to issues or problems. Ability to consider and solve problems from various points of view and make difficult decisions.
Understand the approaches and methods of process improvement, including planning, setting priorities, systematic performance assessment, and implementation based on such assessment, and maintaining achieved improvement.
Effectively manage and interact with diverse groups, both within and outside of the University.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
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Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.