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Assistant Deputy Under Secretary For Health For Quality, Safety

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Don Rainwater
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Washington, Dc
 patient   safety   officer   and   quality 
Category:Medical / Health
Listing Type:Job
Employment:Full Time
Company:Veterans Health Administration

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Seeking Visionary Leader in Patient Safety, Quality, and Value
Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety, and Value
Office of the Under Secretary for Health

We are seeking a leader with national presence to serve as the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety, and Value in the Office of the Under Secretary for Health (USH) providing national leadership in the formulation and establishment of effective health care policies, programs, and initiatives that fulfill the VHA mission to provide high quality, safe, reliable care for veterans. This individual strategically plans, directs, coordinates, and evaluates VHA’s national Quality, Safety, and Value programs in a manner that reflects healthcare industry trends toward the creation of a high reliability organization (HRO) and in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and standards. With the goal of realizing increasing levels of efficiency, the production of superior health outcomes, and the achievement of reduced per capita costs, this office is comprised of four major integrated and fully aligned functional areas: 1) Integrity, Accountability and Compliance; 2) Enterprise Risk Mindfulness in Quality and Safety; 3) High Reliability Systems and Consultation; and 4) Healthcare Value and Customer Focus. This office exercises broad visionary oversight of the administration of these functions with more specific oversight and management provided by directors and integrated teams within and across each functional area.

The Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety, and Value (ADUSHQSV):
1. Advises the Office of the USH on strategies that will position VHA as a leader in the provision of high quality, safe, reliable care in the backdrop of reform and the context of the healthcare community.
2. Partners with the larger healthcare community to galvanize, synthesize, and propose both national and international policy and associated quality, safety, and value producing strategies.
3. Collaborates with Operations and Policy and Services as well as Workforce Services divisions to assure seamless approaches and organizational synchrony in formulating and updating the strategic and tactical plan for VHA’s Quality, Safety, and Value approaches for both VHA Headquarters and field.
4. Oversees the management and strategic alignment of a VHA Quality, Safety, and Value governance board that 1) provides needed oversight, 2) integrates information to systematically generate mindfulness of enterprise risk, 3) leverages best practices to accelerate needed organizational change, and 4) measures progress toward breakthrough goals to support an ongoing comprehensive view of organizational health in all domains of value.
5. Performs the critical duties inherent in the oversight of the organization’s corporate compliance plan and integrity agreement which includes a duty to attempt in good faith to assure that 1) a corporate information and reporting system, which the QSV governing board concludes is adequate, exists; and 2) this system is sufficient to assure that appropriate information regarding organizational compliance with applicable laws will come to the board’s attention in a timely manner and in the ordinary course of business.
6. Transitions VHA quality, safety, and value operations to a culture of mindfulness in understanding the relationship and synergy of a variety of organizational risk types and their effect on producing harm and inefficiency.
7. Strategically sets priorities to engage the workforce in a variety of improvement activities and initiatives that promote high reliability and produce long-term sustainable value.
8. In full partnership with ADUSH for Informatics and Analytics, integrates and strategically presents existing compliance, quality, risk, reliability, and safety information in an actionable value-driven manner to better inform operations, tactical decision-making, improvement prioritization, and forward-looking policy development.
9. Transparently communicates the VHA vision, goals and expectations for high quality, safe, high reliable care and population health outcomes to multiple external and internal stakeholders.
10. Provides broad oversight and accountability for the preparation of the required budgetary and appropriation requests to support successful implementation of the Quality, Safety, and Value approaches and priorities for the veteran population.
11. Represents VA and VHA on Advisory Boards and Expert Panels, nationally and internationally to develop, promulgate, interpret, and reconcile policies related to Quality, Safety, and Value that reflect industry standards and existing regulations and legislation and address national imperatives.
12. Oversees the development of training and education strategies that will engender the core competencies needed to affect a futuristic quality agenda within and among an engaged workforce.

The Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety, and Value must:
1. Act with a high degree of servant leadership, motivation, self-direction, and initiative and the use of sound judgment in decision-making in executing the duties of this visionary, cross-cutting organizational role while encouraging teamwork, shared accountability and functional alignment and integration through partnership
2. Possess the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with internal and external stakeholders to include but not limited to, Congressional members, press, and other professional, administrative, and technical staff at all organizational levels in both private and public sectors.
3. Possess expert knowledge of industry standard patient safety, enterprise risk management, quality management, and improvement concepts, principles, practices, bodies of law, regulations, and precedent decisions along with a wide range of consultative experiences that enable the incumbent to develop and recommend critical policy, programs, approaches, and strategies for both quality operations and research.
4. Demonstrate application of this sophisticated knowledge and skill in a manner that synergistically produces value and return on investment for health care organizations.
5. Be a physician or equivalent in a health care occupation or a health-related science, and hold a valid clinical license. The individual will have at least ten years of professional practice in positions with progressively more complex leadership and policy making assignments including planning, directing and administering clinical organizations and programs in private and public sector.
6. Be broadly acquainted with Federal health care policy, the healthcare marketplace, clinical treatment modalities, administrative and clinical support and information systems and their relationship to external review organizations as well as hospital and service level operations.

For more information, please Email your cover letter and detailed resume/CV to Don Rainwater, National Healthcare Recruitment Consultant.


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