Sr. Behavioral Medical Director (Psychiatrist)

UnitedHealth   •  

Anchorage, AK

Industry: Healthcare

  •  

Less than 5 years

Posted 37 days ago

Position Description

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At Optum, our mission is to make the health system work better for all. We are currently looking for a Senior Behavioral Medical Director to serve as the clinical team leader for behavioral managed care membership in the state of Alaska. Thesuccessful candidate will be accountable for the strategic approach to executing our annual business objectives in alignmentwith the larger organization. They will work collaboratively with other functional partners such as Care Advocacy, Quality Improvement, State and Legal Compliance, providing medical subject matter expertise. The SMD is also actively involved in the implementation, supervision, oversight and evaluation of the Utilization Management program, develops and implements Utilization Management policies and procedures, monitors the consistency with which Utilization Management criteria are applied; through supervision, case review, training and consultations with Peer Reviewers, making coverage decisions and participates in committee meetings. Additionally, the Senior Medical Director serves as the liaison with network providers andthe medical delivery system.
Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the lead physician for the Behavioral Health plan working closely with medical management team leaders
  • Develops programs to promote integration of physical and behavioral health services which support continuity and coordination among all network providers
  • Overall responsibility for implementation of the Utilization Management program
  • Monitors behavioral healthcare utilization authorization and claims data for all healthcare services
  • Assures that policies adhere to contractual obligations
  • Develop targeted education and training for and provide clinical guidance to the Care Advocates
  • Direct Supervision and mentorship to clinical team
  • Performs Clinical Case reviews in conjunction with Clinical and Quality departments
  • Consultation with practitioners in the Optum clinical network
  • Participation in clinical workgroups as required
  • Participation in committees as required
  • Collaborates in network provider initiatives and engagement
  • Responsible for oversight of clinical decision-making
  • Facilitate coordination of core business functions across business units; oversee the clinical administrative operations ofthe program to ensure appropriate services are provided under the Alaska contract.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy
  • Current license to practice as a physician without restrictions in the state of Alaska
  • Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • 2 years management experience overseeing multidisciplinary teams
  • Understanding of the Alaska Behavioral Health system of care, the services available, and the criteria for receiving services
  • Training required in Alaska Native Culture, historical trauma and the significance of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Survey scores for Alaskans
  • Demonstrated understanding of the clinical application of the principles of engagement, empowerment, rehabilitation and recovery
  • Knowledge of post-acute care planning such as home care, discharge planning, case management, and disease management
  • Minimal local travel required depending on location
  • Computer and typing proficiency, data analysis and strong organizational skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years’ clinical experience post residency preferred
  • 2 years managed care experience
  • Experience in managing BH Services including mental health and substance use disorders
  • Experience in public sector delivery systems and experience in state specific public sector service
  • Experience working with community based programs and resources designed to aid the State Medicaid population


Careers with Optum. Here's the idea. We built an entire organization around one giant objective; make thehealth system work better for everyone. So when it comes to how we use the world's large accumulation ofhealth-related information, or guide health and lifestyle choices or manage pharmacy benefits for millions, our first goal is to leap beyond the status quo and uncover new ways to serve. Optum, part of theUnitedHealth Group family of businesses, brings together some of the greatest minds and most advancedideas on where health care has to go in order to reach its fullest potential. For you, that means working onhigh performance teams against sophisticated challenges that matter. Optum, incredible ideas in one incredible company and a singular opportunity to do your life's best work.SM


Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

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