Washington State L&I Physician 3, Associate Medical Director for Health Care Delivery Innovation in Tumwater, Washington


*Please Note: this position is open until filled, the hiring manager reserves the right to close this posting at any time. *

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I;) is offering a unique leadership opportunity for a physician to work in a highly visible, inter-professional, and intellectually stimulating environment that focuses on preventing disability and improving the care of injured workers. This Associate Medical Director (AMD) position requires being forward thinking and innovative in public health policy development, program leadership, and in applying clinical expertise to ensure high quality medical care is provided for our workers. L&I; is one of only four state funded and self-insured workers' compensation systems (no private payers), which gives us the privilege and authority to direct health care programs and purchasing in ways that reflect evidence-based occupational health best practices while building effective and rewarding relationships with our partners. We invite you to learn more about our mission and accomplishments by visiting our web pages for providers.

Labor and Industries is the third largest public payor of health care in Washington State. The Office of the Medical Director (OMD) is responsible for ensuring the treatment provided to workers for occupational injuries and diseases is of high quality, meaning it is appropriate, timely, safe, effective, and cost-effective.

OMD accomplishes this through four core functions:

a) providing direct clinical consultation related to claims; b) providing professional education to health care providers and other stakeholders; c) formulating and implementing L&I;'s health care policies and guidelines; and d) conducting health care research to identify best health care practices.

This position is designed to provide a meaningful and rewarding career opportunity for a physician who:

  • Use his/her clinical expertise and innovative thinking to help prevent disability and make a positive difference in the care injured workers receive;
  • Understands and supports the use of evidence-based medicine in preventing harm to injured workers;
  • Believes that educating providers and helping them adopt clinical best practices improves patient outcomes;
  • Finds it worthwhile to consider multiple perspectives and sources of information when trying to resolve complex issues;
  • Likes to lead others and contribute creative ideas for problem solving and innovative program development
  • Appreciates the value of relationship building and collaboration when trying to improve a system of care;
  • Is interested in synthesizing information from research, data, and collegial discussions in the development of policies and guidelines that make sense and can be adopted in clinical practices.

Some of what you will do

  1. Ensure alignment and coordination of L&I;'s strategic planning and health care innovation efforts to improve occupational health care and prevent disability for individual workers and on a population basis;
  2. Leadership provider education, training, and outreach efforts in collaboration with other AMDs and OMD staff to increase provider knowledge and understanding of Washington's workers' compensation system and health care innovation efforts,
  3. Direct clinical consultation for Insurance Services staff regarding complex claims, coverage decisions, and financial incentives for innovative models of occupational health care;
  4. Leadership, clinical consultation, and participation with L&I;'s advisory committees, and external stakeholders in the development and implementation of health policies, programs and initiatives;
  5. Engagement with public-private and interagency groups to address statewide issues to help increase health care quality (safety and effectiveness) and reduce unnecessary cost. Your success will be measured by your interest and ability to:

  6. Work collaboratively with individuals and groups who have diverse interests, needs, and abilities (e.g. nurses, physicians, attorneys, business and labor leaders, claim examiners, data analysts, researchers, members of the public);

  7. Understand the methods and benefits of strategic planning that support L&I;'s mission and goals and use innovative methods of implementing the plans;
  8. Develop innovative ways to coordinate collaborative models of health care delivery and purchasing and assess their effectiveness;
  9. Apply clinical expertise to assist L&I; staff (e.g. nurses, pharmacists, claim examiners) in the medical management of complex claims;
  10. Organize and lead development of educational programs for health care providers in applying best practices for clinical care and administrative simplicity.
  11. Understand and work comfortably in a multidimensional environment, e.g. medical, legal, political, economic, adjudicative, and innovative. Required Qualifications
  • Valid Washington State Medical License and Driver's License (must be able to gain WA medical license prior to employment)
  • 3 years' experience in medical, occupational health, or quality improvement leadership in an institution or organization.
  • Demonstrated abilities in effective problem solving, decision making, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals and groups (e.g. staff, the public, associations, and other agencies) who have diverse backgrounds and interests.
  • Actively and effectively manage projects to successful completion.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a public service orientation; keep others informed and actively prevent or resolve conflict.
  • Demonstrated leadership in creating an environment of collaboration and cooperation that generates potential and real opportunities for success.
  • Treat everyone with respect and courtesy; actively seek feedback; listen to and take time to understand others' needs and concerns. Take appropriate risks and challenges, including when to compromise and when to take a stand; and actively seek new ideas and opportunities to support the agency's mission and goals to improve health outcomes and prevent disability for injured workers.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in implementing innovation and/or reform in a health related organization.
  • Board certification in occupational medicine, internal medicine, family practice, orthopedic surgery, physiatry or related field, with at least 3 years' experience in the field, and/or
  • Masters' degree in public health or related public health field (epidemiology, health administration, health services research).

*In addition to your application, please include a resume/vita and cover letter/letter. If you have any questions or difficulty apply, contact Phyllis Gallegos at (360)902-4903 or by email at Galr235@lni.wa.gov. *

Supplemental Information

This job announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Application review starts immediately and the hiring authority reserves the right to offer the job at any time. It's to your advantage to apply quickly

Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle

Prior to any new hire into L&I;, a background check, including criminal record history, will be conducted

To apply, follow the "Apply" link above

Jobs advertised as Open Continuous will be closed without notice. Apply quickly.

We're looking for evidence that you have what we're looking for. Your application materials will be used for deciding who'll be selected for interview.

For more information about the Department of Labor & Industries visit: http://www.lni.wa.gov/


Contact us at: Jobs@Lni.wa.gov

L&I; strives to attract and retain a high-performing and diverse workforce in which our differences are respected and valued to better meet the needs of the diverse customers we serve. L&I; fosters an inclusive environment that

promotes safety, collaboration, flexibility and fairne3ss so that all employees can participate and contribute to their full potential

Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 902-5700. Applicants that are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1.

The State of Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Salary: $122,820.00 - $161,136.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-09672

Department: Dept. of Labor & Industries

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

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Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov