The Vice President, Financial Policy & Government Reimbursement provides executive level expertise in strategizing, estimating, planning and organizing the fiscal activities related to government policy and payments to the health system. Works with the cost reimbursement division to ensure the integrity of government filings, AR valuation estimates, Medicare and Medicaid cost reports and various strategies and financial reports relating to government payors. This individual will be knowledgeable of industry leading best practices and apply those to the benefit of Grady Health System. Additionally, responsible for assisting in producing timely and accurate financial statements, ensuring internal controls over Government Reimbursement Division, producing reports and information on a monthly basis. This professional will also assist with various financial and accounting activities related to reimbursements and various government estimations, recoveries and valuations, implementation and utilization of pricing strategies, reviewing ICTF and various hospital surveys and third party reimbursement estimations. Act as a public voice on healthcare financial policy and healthcare reimbursement.
Under the direction of the Senior Vice President of Finance is responsible for supporting the effective operations of the following departments: Government Relations, Cost and Reimbursement Accounting and Financial Operations. Assesses staff and resource needs and addresses as appropriate. Mentors, coaches, trains, and develops staff. Ensures appropriate distribution of workload and alignment of resources.
Develops and maintains policies and procedures to support strong internal controls.
Attends all required meetings. Serves on project teams and attends meetings as assigned to represent the Government and Fiscal Divisions. Participates at the state level in UPL and other state plan amendment discussions related to healthcare.
Maintains professional affiliations and ensures continuing self-development in all related fields of expertise including but not limited to health care, finance, accounting, economics, information systems and federal and local laws and regulations.
Participates in the establishment of performance goals, allocates resources, and establishes and revises policies as needed for areas of responsibility. Monitors performance against goals and ensures an effective operation of all areas of responsibility.
Recommends opportunities to contain costs, increase efficiency and enhance revenues in areas of responsibility throughout the organization and assists in the direction and coordination of the design, development, modification and implementation of financial systems.
Ensures that the methods relative to the valuation of accounts receivable are built upon good data and sound assumptions and internal controls are in place relative to the development of estimates and ensures that all required surveys, 990s and other filings are completed timely and accurately.
Contributes to the timely and accurate filing of Medicare and Medicaid cost reports and identifies the need for outside review or assistance with appeals, etc. Participates in the review of cost report liabilities, ensuring they are appropriately reserved for and communicates issues, which can affect reimbursement positively or negatively to senior management. Ensures that information received from the medical schools relative to residents is accurate. Identifies potential opportunities to maximize reimbursements within the guidance of the governing rules and laws.
Participates in the monthly closing process with accounting staff and finance division leadership in order to review financial statements for accuracy and gain an understanding of significant historical and budget variances related to government funding.
Plans and directs analysis of government reimbursement impact of proposed final Medicare and Medicaid regulation changes. Keeps leadership abreast of changes and the potential impact of such changes. Supports governmental affairs in understanding Medicare and Medicaid regulations and the impact changes may have on reimbursement.
Participates in the internal and external audit in conjunction with the cost reimbursement leadership. Conducts and reviews analyses of significant variances and trends in the financial performance of the organization and coordinates with government relations team. Acts as a leading public voice on healthcare financial policy and healthcare reimbursement.
What success looks like:
Aspirational and passionate about Grady and the role working in sync with the SVP Finance to fine tune a “gold standard” level of policy and reimbursement performance.
Successfully integrate into a finance team culture that is forward thinking, transparent and collegial.
Realizing additional reimbursement monies from governmental and other funding sources. Inquisitive, seeks out new funding models.
No material reimbursement-related audit adjustments. Works very well with outside accounting and other professional service firms.
Growing team knowledge, building bench strength, molding his/her own replacement. Modeling an ambitious leader with staying power.
Building a strong understanding of the relationship between revenue cycle and reimbursement in the overall context of financial operations and performance.
Being continuously inquisitive about the underlying forces driving reimbursement and varied government funding sources. Ability to communicate findings to varied stakeholder groups in a clear, understandable and instructive manner to encourage supportive actions.
The successful candidate will be an accomplished reimbursement professional possessing a subject matter expert level of competence. A minimum of 10 years of progressive financial management experience is a must. A bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance is required and an MBA with a concentration in healthcare or CPA is preferred. The successful candidate will have a strong team mentality and possess strong interpersonal skills, given the variety of professional interactions the job requires at all levels. Leadership and supervisory skills are essential as are creativity and intellect. Our client is seeking an atypical reimbursement professional which is reflected in the compensation package and future promotion opportunities. The ideal candidate will be a strong team player who relates well to internal and external key customers. He/she will possess and model a servant leadership philosophy and management style. The successful candidate must be high energy and results oriented. He/she will be inheriting a good team and will be expected to mentor and counsel to make that team better still, and to build bench strength. Must demonstrate extensive experience in the craft of reimbursement and be a great technician. Well versed in both the preparation of cost reports and supervising their preparation. Effective in collaborating with other financial leaders across a complex and diverse health system. Demonstrates expert understanding of government and other funding sources and has demonstrated an ability to work with departments of health at the local and state level. Effective in ability to lead teams at a high level in a large hospital or multi-hospital system. Strong analytical, contracting, and negotiation skills.
Other characteristics sought in the ideal candidate include:
Inquisitive, “idea” person, can think outside the box and brings unique perspectives from prior career experience, quickly picks up the nuances of the demographic served and funding sources. Understands GME and IME within the context of reimbursement.
Out in front of change – forward thinking.
Very knowledge of government reimbursement and healthcare payment policies, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, contractual allowances, preparing and filing Medicare/Medicaid cost reports, UPL analysis, Medicare and Medicare regulations, cost accounting as well as budget preparation experience and experience with auditors.
Ambitious, optimistic leader with perceived staying power, solution-oriented, transparent communicator, will be joining a financial executive team who views the glass as half full.
Professional but social, light spirited, manages by walking around.
Eager to take on new responsibilities and lead impactful projects and teams.
Relevant software skills including Excel and PowerPoint as well as familiarity with general ledger. The successful candidate should be impressed with Grady’s investment in technology.
Accountability-driven, not prone to making excuses, challenges others to excel, comfortable managing with data-driven analytics.
Professional and personal integrity; engenders respect organization-wide.
Performance-oriented, possessing a sense of urgency, execution-oriented while maintaining a sense of humility.
Follows through, meets deadlines, stays close to the detail when necessary.
Most importantly, the chosen candidate should be a mission-driven professional who actively supports Grady’s mission and understands he/she is doing worthwhile work for an enterprise that is a beacon of hope while saving and changing lives.
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