Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
UW Medicine's mission is to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding primary and specialty care to the people of the region, and preparing tomorrow's physicians, scientists and other health professionals. UW Medicine owns or operates Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Medical Center, a network of UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics that provide primary care, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, Airlift Northwest, and other owned, operated or affiliated entities as appropriate. In addition, UW Medicine shares in the ownership and governance of Children's University Medical Group and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance a partnership among UW Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, and Seattle Children's. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The Compliance Officer, TBD (To Be Determined) is one of several compliance officer positions in UW Medicine Compliance, a unit which oversees the development and coordination of compliance programs across a wide range of risk areas, including fraud, waste and abuse prevention (facility and professional fee clinical documentation/coding/billing, clinical research billing, conflicts of interest, Stark/AntiKickback), privacy and information security, EMTALA, ethics and professionalism, and industry relations. Program functions include development of policies and standards, auditing, monitoring, education/outreach, investigations, risk assessment and mitigation, regulatory monitoring and program modification, and on-going evaluation and reporting of program effectiveness.
The Compliance Officer, TBD will:
Coordinate and support compliance-related activities across UW Medicine in the subject matter areas detailed below. The CO has a particular role involving SoM constituents and entities and must receive inquiries/concerns and make appropriate referrals, coordinate investigations, participate in the assessment and mitigation of compliance risks that affect the SoM, provide regular status reports, and work with SoM departments to ensure implementation of healthcare and University compliance policies.
Coordinate compliance issues, initiatives and projects that may fall under the jurisdiction of University compliance and risk management offices and that impact the affairs, interests and/or constituents of UW Medicine.
This position reports directly to the Chief Compliance Officer for UW Medicine/Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington (CCO/AVPMA) and is accountable for coordinating a broad set of compliance-related activities across UW Medicine, in particular for the SoM, and its faculty, staff, students and trainees, and interfacing with University of Washington (University) compliance offices on matters affecting UW Medicine. This position has a dotted line reporting relationship to the SoM Senior Director of Business and Regulatory Affairs. SoM faculty, staff, students and trainees are subject to a wide range of university and healthcare compliance requirements covering such areas as:
Professionalism, conduct, ethics, use of state resources
Clinical and basic science research, clinical billing and documentation, human and animal subjects research, effort certification, export controls
Safety, including environmental health, radiation, select agents, and lab safety
Privacy and information security, including student information and non-HIPAA privacy)
Stark and Anti-Kickback, conflicts of interest
Graduate medical education, student activities and student records
International activities involving teaching, research and employment
Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide professional leadership for and coordination of compliance issues affecting the SoM; participate in the development of SoM-specific strategies for compliance education, outreach, monitoring and auditing; participate in risk assessments and monitor completion of SoM risk mitigation activities.
Serve as the UW Medicine Compliance point of contact for University compliance content areas (including but not limited to research, graduate medical education, privacy, information security, environmental health and safety, conflicts of interest, regulatory compliance, ethics, professionalism) to address UW Medicine risks and interests. Advise the CCO/AVPMA and SoM officials about program needs and system interfaces, and recommend changes as needed.
Serve as the UW Medicine Compliance lead for compliance in the area of research integrity, conflicts of interest, and other non-billing related regulatory areas at UW Medicine entities other than the School of Medicine.
Ensure that inquiries, complaints and other concerns are properly investigated and resolved, providing consultative leadership and support to all entities as appropriate; verify that adequate steps are taken to correct identified problems and prevent their reoccurrence, including employee sanctions and operational changes.
Maintain awareness of applicable laws, regulations and status of current enforcement initiatives.
Participate in the delivery of education and outreach, conduct audits and risk assessments, or perform internal reviews of compliance effectiveness, working closely with UW Medicine compliance teams.
Serve as a member of the CCO/AVPMA's executive team, working closely with other content experts to achieve efficiencies and effectiveness throughout the compliance department, participate in departmental strategic planning, internal policy/procedure development, budget and resource planning, and business decisions.
Establish cooperative and collaborative relationships with compliance and operational offices on matters of shared concern, and serve as liaison between those offices and UW Medicine entities to ensure effective and timely management of issues, initiatives and projects.
Participate in institution-wide initiatives, process improvement projects, and policy implementation processes as necessary; serve on committees and taskforces as assigned.
Provide direct support and assistance to entity executives who are responsible for the success of compliance programs in their respective areas.
Provide regular reports on program activities and issues to the CCO/AVPMA, entity leaders, and compliance committees.
Convene constituent and entity-based compliance committees and work groups as needed.
May serve as point of contact for external reviews or delegate authority as appropriate; coordinate assessments and ensure timely responses.
Serve as point of contact with legal counsel and the Attorney General's Office regarding related compliance strategies and responses to legal issues.
Represent the CCO/AVPMA as necessary.
Bachelor's degree in related field AND 10 years of progressively responsible experience managing or coordinating compliance, legal or regulatory affairs in a complex academic, research, healthcare or governmental setting.
Knowledge of federal and state compliance regulations governing medical schools, academic medical centers and research universities and experience managing concerns, participating in or leading investigations, and ensuring effective resolution.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with employees, medical staff, board members and external parties; strong presentation skills.
Demonstrated ability to independently prioritize and organize work, basic computer knowledge, ability to lead interdisciplinary teams.
Demonstrated skills in problem-solving, collaboration and team work to ensure the effective resolution of issues and concerns.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for stated requirements.
JD or Master's degree in related field preferred. Professional Healthcare Compliance certification. Knowledge of and ability to navigate the University and UW School of Medicine. Experience within UW Medicine providing professional level management of sensitive and confidential issues. Assistant Compliance Officer or Director level experience in an academic health center or research university environment preferred.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.