Behavioral Health Medical Director North Carolina

Provides the clinical leadership for behavioral health in the assigned market. Helps provide direction and management of behavioral health staff located in assigned markets which may include Behavioral Health Concurrent Review, case management, and provider relations staff. Responsibilities also include improvement of clinical outcomes and quality improvement, while improving the consumption health care resources in accordance with WellCare corporate objectives. Oversees all clinical aspects of behavioral health, and helps establish policy and procedures for behavioral health, including its integration with medical care and pharmacy. Serves as a key representative and spokesperson with respect to the external behavioral health community in the market. Helps lead a continuing improvement of the network delivery system in the market, including working collaboratively with providers to encourage development of new and more community based types of care and better integrating behavioral health with physical health and social services.

Essential Functions:
  • Provides overall clinical leadership in behavioral health for the assigned market. This person will be responsible for overseeing all clinical aspects of behavioral health, including care and utilization management, network and provider relations, quality improvement, health IT, and overall administration including legal and finance.
  • Responsible for overseeing and ensuring integration of behavioral heatlh into all functional areas of the health plan, and working collaboratively with corporate behavioral health and medical staff to implement integrated policies and procedures. Provides reliable assistance to the assigned market medical director and clinical staff to assure effective integration of behavioral services into health plan medical management activities.
  • Works closely with the assigned market’s senior leadership to assure clinical compliance with all company, customer and regulatory requirements for behavioral services.
  • Helps establish policy and procedures for behavioral health, including its integration with medical care and pharmacy. This person will be the thought leader for behavioral health, and will provide teaching, training, coaching, and supervision of internal staff.
  • Leads behavioral health medical management initiatives for assigned market to include utilization management, concurrent review, pharmacy management, and case management through a matrix partnership with the market president regional medical director, director of behavioral health operations, case management field director and field case management staff.
  • Shared responsibility for Quality Improvement & accreditation initiatives in the assigned market.
  • Reviews provider and member complaints, assists in resolution, and makes recommendations for changes.
  • Responsible for provider education regarding best clinical practices, pharmacy utilization, quality improvement and responsible health care expenditure to improve clinical outcomes.
  • Provides leadership for various corporate and local initiatives as assigned.
  • Assists in the interperation of medical policy for associates to facilitate the healthcare and behavioral health needs of our members.
  • Works closely with P&L owners to develop strategies to change member and provider behavior to improve quality of care and clinical outcomes.
  • Helps lead a continuing improvement and evolution of the delivery system in the assigned market, including working collaboratively with providers to encourage development of new and more community based types of care and better integrating BH with physical health and social services.
  • Works closely with and influences key business partners within a matrix organization faced with competing priorities.
  • Makes recommendations (based on daily activities of evaluating members' care) about medical policy, clinical criteria and administrative process.
  • Partcicpates on medical policy, credentialing and related health plan committees as required or assigned. Chairs behavioral health Clinical Advisory Committee in assigned market.
  • Works with the local behavioral health and medical community to assist in the development and maintenance of a strong, quality network of providers.
  • Visits targeted providers for recruitment, as well as performing proactive provider visits on a regular basis.
  • Manages and develops direct reports who include directors and/or managers
  • Provides subject matter expertise to support operations, product development, and growth initiatives
  • Works collaboratively with matrix partners, business development, and market leadership to deliver clinical programs that support the business objectives of the market.
  • Works collaboratively with the team based in the assigned market as well as the corporate staff in Tampa FL.
  • Develops value propositions for clinical programs through quantitative analytics, ROI, and evidence-based data
  • Participates in the identification and analysis of medical information from multiple sources in order to develop interventions to improve the quality of care and outcomes.
  • Creates a motivated customer-service driven environment
  • Provide leadership, oversight, direction and guidance of behavioral health operations in Health Services clinical management. Ensures that activities are carried out in a timely manner.
  • Develop and manage activities to ensure compliance with Federal, State, and NCQA accreditation standards.
  • Oversees and participates in Performance Improvement Activities.
  • Represent WellCare Health Services at various meetings and conferences on an ongoing basis.
  • Recognizes and observes all company and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Focuses on achieving market, departmental and organizational objectives.
  • Maintains professional appearance and executive presence by complying with dress code in an appropriate manner
  • Complies with company policies and procedures
  • Performs additional duties and responsibilities as assigned by management
Additional Responsibilities:
  • In Hawaii, may be required to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with mental illnesses through a combination of personal counseling and/or medication. Performs initial psychiatric assessments, develops individualized treatment plans, and implements treatment for members.
Candidate Education:
  • Required A Doctor in Medicine (MD) or D.O. from an accredited school of medicine recognized by national medical regulatory bodies in the United States
Candidate Experience:
  • Required 5 years of experience in in clinical practice
  • Preferred 3 years of experience in managed behavioral healthcare industry, Medicare and Medicaid experience preferred.
  • Required Other Demonstrated expertise in Behavioral Health Services, such as prior authorization, intake, concurrent review, case management, discharge planning including development and management
  • Preferred Other Experience or familiarity with NCQA accreditation
Candidate Skills:
  • Advanced Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from families, members, and providers
  • Advanced Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Intermediate Ability to work in a fast paced environment with changing priorities
  • Advanced Demonstrated interpersonal/verbal communication skills
  • Intermediate Ability to multi-task
  • Intermediate Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Intermediate Other Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Intermediate Other Must be able to apply medical knowledge and principles to business challenges in order to achieve significant member, business, and quality outcomes
  • Intermediate Other Ability to make substantial contributions to a work environment that constantly strives to exceed its goals.
  • Intermediate Other Must be detail-oriented and have a “hands-on” approach.
  • Advanced Other Have a clear understanding of the managed care field and managed care operating components, with emphasis on clinical management of behavioral health services, particularly within an integrated managed care model.
  • Advanced Other Have a clear understanding of healthcare policy-setting mechanisms affecting public sector behavioral services, and of regulatory systems and processes that affect managed behavioral health systems.
  • Advanced Other Current expert medical and specialty psychiatric knowledge required to fully meet all job requirements.
Licenses and Certifications:
A license in one of the following is required:
  • Required Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • Required Other board certified and unrestricted and current state license
  • Required Licensed Psychiatrist
Technical Skills:
  • Required Intermediate Microsoft Word
  • Required Intermediate Microsoft Excel
  • Required Intermediate Microsoft Outlook
  • Required Intermediate Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Required Intermediate Healthcare Management Systems (Generic)

This position is contingent upon the bid award in the state of North Carolina to WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

About us
Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) focuses exclusively on providing government-sponsored managed care services through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans to families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs. WellCare is a Fortune 500 company, and in 2018, was recognized as a Fortune "World's Most Admired Company", ranking in the top five among the health insurance and managed care industry-a testament to the hard work and dedication of the company's nearly 9,000 associates who each day live WellCare's values and deliver on its mission to help its members live better, healthier lives. The company serves approximately 4.4 million members nationwide as of Dec. 31, 2017. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at EOE: All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, childbirth or related medical condition or other legally protected basis protected by applicable federal or state law except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies. Comprehensive Health Management, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V/SO.