This position serves as an internal resource and expert regarding the definition and interpretation of meaningful use and all other regulatory requirements. This individual will assist the CMIO, System Director of Health Informatics, and System Director of Clinical Informatics in the creation of comprehensive implementation strategies supporting CHRISTUS' compliance with quality and regulatory requirements (i.e., ARRA Meaningful Use, Joint Commission, Medicare Core Measures). This position will be critical to managing the imperative that CHRISTUS prioritize, anticipate and address overlapping initiatives and subsequent concerns related to resource allocation, budgeting, and attestation timelines. This includes the coordination, monitoring, and status reporting of all projects or work teams that are essential to the demonstration and achievement of quality and regulatory compliance across the organization.
Maintains an ongoing, deep knowledge of all applicable federal, state, and local laws and quality or regulatory requirements related to meaningful use, Joint Commission, and CMS Core Measures and acts as the subject matter expert communicating quality and regulatory knowledge to key stakeholders.
Coordinates the creation of a comprehensive implementation strategy that prioritizes, anticipates and addresses overlapping initiatives and subsequent concerns related to resource allocation, budgeting, and attestation timelines.
Ensures all electronic Health record software vendors required for reporting/attestation have the appropriate certification within timeframes prescribed by regulators.
Keeps leadership informed of progress and elevates any issues that require action and/or decisions.
Ensures support and input from appropriate stakeholders is obtained to aid swift and informed decision-making.
Engages and collaborates with Health Informatics, Clinical Operations, and Quality departments regarding adoption of changes to process/procedures/workflow, clinical documentation, and/or reporting necessary to support achievement of regulatory compliance within established timelines.
Collaborates with Health Informatics team members to ensure current and future regulatory and compliance elements are built appropriately into the health information system or appropriate applications for end user utilization.
Coordinates data reporting to ensure data integrity and appropriate capture of required data for attestation and performs analysis to support performance improvement and regional and system compliance.
Acts as main point of contact and support for on-going communication/data submission for designated state public health registries (i.e., Syndromic Surveillance, Immunization, and Electronic Lab reporting) and outsourced core measure/registry abstraction services vendor(s).
Maintains documentation (evidence book) for ARRA Meaningful Use Attestation and all other audits.
Responsible for other tasks as assigned
Graduate of a Baccalaureate program in Nursing or a graduate of another healthcare designation (ie. RRT, RHIT, LVN etc).
Broad and deep knowledge of regulatory requirements and standards.
3+ years of real-world healthcare operations, healthcare IT experience, or 2 years of consulting experience
2+ years implementing and/or supporting EMR/EHR systems in inpatient care
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Knowledge and familiarity with MEDITECH project management implementations is highly desired.
Highly professional, well-organized, excellent time management skills.
Proficient computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and Outlook.
Excellent collaboration skills and team based approach.
In-depth, advanced clinical base of knowledge as normally obtained through an Advanced Clinical Degree and five or more years of related clinical and operational experience.
Five or more years of experience with clinical information systems with a working knowledge of network systems and a wide variety of experience with computer applications.
Two or more years of experience in managing performance improvement activities, including analyzing clinical workflow processes.
Valid Professional Licensure in Texas (Registered Nurse or other applicable healthcare designation licensure).
CHRISTUS HEALTH is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost more than 600 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 350 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. CHRISTUS operates in 6 U.S. states, Colombia, Chile and 6 states in Mexico. To support our health care ministry, CHRISTUS Health employs approximately 45,000 Associates and has more than 15,000 physicians on medical staffs who provide care and support for patients. CHRISTUS Health is listed among the top ten largest Catholic health systems in the United States.