Medical Director • CMHAM - Community Mental Health Association of Michigan
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Medical Director

Agency Name: LifeWays CMH

Agency Contact: Cathie Simmons

  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • County: Jackson
  • Salary Range: To be determined per Year
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Pension! Fantastic benefit package, effective 1st of the month following hire. Competitive pay. PTO after 45 days. 12 paid Holidays, and so much more!

General Summary:

Under the administrative direction of the Chief Executive Officer, the Medical Director holds overall responsibility for improving service quality through clinical leadership, direction, coordination, consultation, and monitoring of clinical services. The Medical Director assesses overall organizational needs, develops, plans and evaluates all clinical competencies critical to the functioning of the organization. The Medical Director also provides psychiatric services to consumers consistent with LifeWays and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services policies, the laws of the State of Michigan, and the ethical standards of the American Medical Association that adhere to the standards of LifeWays, Department of Health and Human Services Access Standards, and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This position requires the ability to foster positive engagement with consumers that will assist them in beginning their path to recovery. Per the Michigan Mental Health Code, Medical Director is defined as a psychiatrist appointed under section 231 to advise the executive director of a community mental health services program.

Essential Functions:

Per the Michigan Mental Health Code, the medical director shall do all of the following:
Advise the director on mental health policy and treatment issues.
Serve as a resource on mental health clinical matters to all divisions within the department, other state departments, and the mental health field.
Promote the use of mental health care and treatment best practices that are scientifically validated and recovery oriented.
As a member of the Executive Leadership team, problem solves issues that impact operations, consumer care, and overall services.
Supports the mission, philosophy, and goals of LifeWays through provision of leadership and technical assistance in assessing the clinical, medical, and risk management needs of the organization as well as participation in the planning, implementation and coordination of medical and health care programs delivered or contracted by the organization.
Researches, reviews, and creates relevant policies and procedures to meet the needs of the organization.
Serves as principal advisor on medical, psychiatry and other clinical issues to the Board and the Leadership Team.
Provides clinical direction to all clinical providers within the organization and within the provider network.
Hires, on-boards/trains, supervises, disciplines, carries out the performance evaluation and terminates the psychiatric staff.
Ensures medical and psychiatric staff work within their scope of practice and communicates with billing and credentialing staff to ensure psychiatric staff are appropriately credentialed, registered and able to bill for services via the appropriate funder.
Provides direct medical and psychiatric services to consumers through comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatment of consumers. Also serves consumers in the most efficient and effective manner possible through psychiatric evaluation, medication reviews, and prescription of and monitoring of medications.
Oversees coordinated quality improvement activities including: peer reviews, credentialing reviews, review of psychiatric indicators, as well as evaluating available data.
Leads and serves as an active member of the medical staff and participates in clinical and administrative committees. Makes recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer/designee regarding program development and clinical concerns.
Examines and certifies consumers requiring involuntary psychiatric hospitalization pursuant the provisions of the Michigan Mental Health Code.
Is available 24/7 to address major clinical or administrateive issues including but not limited to critical labs, emergency/crisis services, or continuity of operations.
Responsible for accurate and clinically competent documentation all information regarding consumer treatment in electronic medical record within timeliness standards.
Serves as principal clinical liaison with the organization and area hospitals, hospital physicians, medical colleges, local and state medical societies and associations, the medical community at large and other parties involved in the provision of psychiatric care.
Holds oversight responsibility for the development and implementation of second opinion and reconsideration policies and practices.
Makes use of opportunities for continuing education to maintain and increase professional competence, including an up-to-date knowledge of current clinical practices, treatment modalities, staff development, and other areas of emerging clinical technologies.
Recruitment of psychiatric and other medical staff, jointly with the Human Resources Department and or Contracts.
Participate in a meaningful way in helping plan and implement processes which work to improve the quality of care.
Provides consultation to Recipient Rights office, Behavior Risk Management Committee, CERT committee, and Improving Practices Leadership committees.
Participates in implementation of Psychiatric Evidence-Based Practices.
Carries out LifeWays policies and procedures.
Participates and contributes to the goals and objectives of the interdisciplinary team of which he/she is a member.
Works collaboratively with other community healthcare and human service providers
Maintains an acceptable level of productivity, attendance, and work performance.
Attends and participates in physician staff meetings.
Attends and actively participates in Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHP) Medical Director meetings.
Attends meetings, trainings, and conferences, as requested.
Represents LifeWays in a positive, professional manner while attending community events, as required.
NOTE: The lists of essential and additional functions are not exhaustive. They may be supplemented as necessary from time to time.

Required Education/Certification/Licensure

M.D or D.O. degree and successful completion of an accredited Psychiatry Residency program.
Licensed to practice medicine in the State of Michigan.
Valid Michigan Controlled Substance License and Drug Enforcement Agency Registration.
Must pass background verification and credentialing procedure consisting of: Michigan State Police clearance check, verification of a professional licenses, Medicaid/Medicare verification, verification of the National Practitioners Databank/Healthcare Integrity & Protection Databank Search, verification of Board Certification, educational background check and verification of an acceptable work history.
Must be insurable through the professional liability and malpractice insurance provided by LifeWays.
Preferred Education/Certification/Licensure:

Psychiatry Board Certification
Board Eligible Certification

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