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Behavioral Medical Director, Outpatient Specialty Programs (Telecommute)

UHG - Jacksonville, Florida

Posted: 09/13/2018

For those who want to invent the future of health care, here's your opportunity. We're going beyond counseling services and verified referrals to behavioral health programs integrated across the entire continuum of care. Join us and help people live healthier lives while doing your life's best work.(sm)


The Behavioral Medical Director, Outpatient Specialty Programs position is responsible for providing oversight to and direction of the Utilization Management Program and performing peer reviews as necessary. Peer review activities include outpatient management, IOP, CCR and retrospective review, as well as public sector services such as psychosocial rehabilitation, case management and habilitative treatment activities for members with severe and persistent mental illness. This individual will interact directly with Psychiatrists, Prescribers, and other clinical professionals who consult on various processes and programs. It will include roles which manage development and implementation of medical expense initiatives.  The Medical Director will also advise leadership on improvement opportunities regarding medical expense programs and clinical activities that impact medical expense. Clinical vision drives the team to improve the quality of care our consumers receive.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring delivery of cost effective quality care that incorporates recovery, resiliency and person-centered services
  • Responsible for Level of Care guidelines and utilization management protocols
  • Responsible for oversight and management with the Clinical Director and Clinical Program Director all utilization review, management and care coordination activities
  • Provide clinical oversight to the clinical staff, oversee the provision of both inpatient and outpatient services; and keep current regarding prevalent treatment protocols and philosophies including those that address consumer cultural preferences
  • Responsible for maintaining the clinical integrity of the program, including concurrent reviews of outpatient services; providing oversight to utilization management and quality staff; providing consultation to providers and other community based clinicians, including general practitioners
  • Provide timely psychiatric services for the behavioral health operation including communication with the Health Plan Medical Director, clinical and quality staff, medical necessity review and recommendations, service denial reviews, grievance issues, medication reviews, and clinical best practices guideline development

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy
  • Board Certified in Psychiatry
  • Demonstrated understanding of the clinical application of the principles of engagement, empowerment, rehabilitation and recovery
  • Experience working with community based programs and resources designed to aid the Medicaid population
  • Knowledge of post - acute care planning such as home care, discharge planning, case management, and disease management
  • PC proficiency, data analysis and strong organizational skills necessary

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience as a practicing psychiatrist post residency
  • Board Certified in child & adolescent psychiatry or addiction
  • Experience in public sector delivery systems and experience in public sector services     

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*All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy.


Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

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