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.
The Senior Quality Affairs Associate will analyze policies related to surgical quality of care, measurement of value (quality/cost), patient safety, and the use of Health Information Technology for advancing surgical care. This position will draft written responses to proposed regulations in these areas and act as liaison between the Division of Advocacy and Health Policy (DAHP) and the Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care (DROPC) to communicate regulatory requirements as they relate to ACS quality initiatives. This position will also contribute to the development of ACS offerings to help members successfully participate in federal quality incentive programs, such as the Quality Payment Program.
This exempt level position will report to the Quality Affairs Manager in the Division of Advocacy & Health Policy.
• Analyze and develop written responses to regulatory and private sector proposals, including comments on proposed rules, letters to government officials, and other communications. Identify opportunities for alignment with ACS quality initiatives with national quality incentive programs. This work will help to align quality and value-based regulatory requirements with ACS initiatives.
• Serve as the liaison to national quality organizations such as the National Quality Forum, PCPI, National Quality Registry Network, and the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement.
• Attend federal meetings hosted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Office of the National Coordinator for health Information Technology (ONC), and relevant agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
• Monitor developments, attend meetings, and respond to public and private proposals related to advancing surgical care through the use of Health Information Technology.
• Serve as the liaison and a Washington-based resource to staff and to the committees of the Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care (DROPC).
o Critical to this position will be the development of the understanding of clinical work flow coupled with knowledge of quality measurement and federal programs requirements in order to provide guidance to DROPC.
o This position will work with DROPC staff and the ACS Communications team to create educational materials on how to be successful in federal quality programs, such as the Quality Payment Program.
• Monitor and 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. Master’s degree preferred.
• Minimum of 4 years’ experience in a similar role.
• Coursework in epidemiology, biostatistics or health policy is 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. Frequent travel (10 or more trips per year) for activities such as out of town meetings is required.
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