Senior Quality Affairs Associate

About the American College of Surgeons 

The American College of Surgeons is a professional and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients.  The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.

Summary:

The Senior Quality Affairs Associate will have broad foundational knowledge in quality, payment, and Health Information Technology (HIT) with focused expertise in the interoperability of health data. The position will require high-level analysis of regulation and other policy related to: leveraging quality-related interoperability of HIT to increase value and decrease burden, surgical quality initiatives, measurement of value (quality/cost), and patient safety. Communication-related responsibilities will include drafting written and verbal responses to proposed regulations in the abovementioned areas, and presenting to ACS committees and other groups on these topics. As the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy (DAHP) Department’s quality-related HIT lead staff, act as liaison between the DAHP and the Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care (DROPC) to communicate relevant regulatory requirements as they relate to ACS quality initiatives. This position contributes to the development of ACS offerings to help members successfully participate in federal quality incentive programs, such as the Quality Payment Program. Competitive candidates will demonstrate strong writing, research, and analytical skills.

This exempt level position will report to the Quality Affairs Manager in the Division of Advocacy & Health Policy.

Primary Responsibilities:

• Key to this position is the ability to analyze and write in-depth responses to regulatory and other policy proposals. Examples include comments to proposed rules, letters to government officials, and review of proposed quality measures. This requires strong research, analytical, and writing skills. Also critical is identifying opportunities for alignment between ACS quality initiatives and national quality incentive programs.

• Serve as HIT staff lead on matters related to the quality and delivery of surgical care. This requires a high level of self-motivation to closely learn and track all development in this constantly changing field. Including, but not limited to monitoring developments, attending meetings, and responding to public and private proposals relevant to interoperability of HIT. Candidates should have an understanding of the various standards for the exchange of HIT and be familiar with relevant HIT terminology such as SNOMED CT, LOINC, RxNorm, FHIR, HL7 standards, etc.

• Serve as liaison to national quality organizations such as the NQF, PCPI, NQRN.

• Serve as liaison and a Washington-based resource to staff and to the committees of the Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care (DROPC). Critical to this position will be the understanding of clinical work flow coupled with knowledge of quality measure specifications and federal programs requirements so that he/she can provide guidance to DROPC. Work with DROPC staff and ACS Communications to create educational materials for surgeons on federal quality programs, such as the Quality Payment Program.

• Monitor measure development activities and initiatives. Coordinate ACS input and response to measures that relate to surgical care.

• Other duties as assigned.

Required Education and/or Experience:

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required.

• Minimum of 4 years’ experience in a similar role.

• MPH or MHA with a focus on health informatics preferred.

• Hands-on experience working with HIT, such as EHRs or clinical data registries in a healthcare
setting preferred.

• Coursework in epidemiology, biostatistics or health policy preferred.

• Excellent writing skills are essential.

• Strong communication skills necessary to effectively interact with all levels of organization.

• Attention to detail and organizational skills.

• Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Internet skills. Advanced computer skills helpful.

• Display high level of energy and thrive in a fast-paced environment.

• Self-motivated and able to work independently and as a member of a team.

• Ability to plan and prioritize workload and meet deadlines.

• Ability to establish strong working relationships with all division teams and management.

Fiscal Management: This position is required to provide staff support to the supervisor in the development of the unit’s annual budget, program or project budget.

Physical/Work Environment: Fast paced with significant people interaction. No lifting over 20 pounds, minimal reaching bending and stooping. Performs work in a normal office environment with long hours in front of the computer.

Other Necessary Requirements: Evening or weekend duties may be required. Moderate travel (10 or more trips per year) for activities such as out of town meetings is required.
The American College of Surgeons is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to recruitment@facs.org or call (312) 202-5000 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.
The American College of Surgeons will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 

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