The Director of Claims & Clinical Risk Management directs and supervises two major functions within the Office of Risk and Insurance Management (ORIM): (1) clinical risk management and (2) management of the following types of claims: professional liability, general liability, workers' compensation, auto liability, and property damage. Supervises staff that includes clinical risk managers, data analyst, and program manager to carry out the functions. Works with staff throughout the organization, from senior leaders to front-line staff, to promote risk management, patient and worker safety, and quality improvement. Plays a key role in managing self-insurance funds through reserving, monitoring expenditures, assessing risk exposure, and making recommendations for resolution.
The Office of Risk and Insurance Management exists to support the Medical Center's missions of research, education, and the delivery of excellent patient care through a combination of risk financing, risk prevention, and risk control activities. Our goal is to provide excellent, ethical and timely risk management resources and services to our internal and external customers. We reach these goals by:
Treating others professionally and with respect;
Taking responsibility for finding a solution to any problem or complaint for all those seeking our services; and
Continuously evaluating and improving our performance.
Position Shift: 1st shift; Days (Hybrid)
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VUMC Recent Accomplishments
Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
* US News & World Report: #1 Adult Hospital in Tennessee and metropolitan Nashville, named to the Best Hospitals Honor Roll of the top 20 adult hospitals, 10 nationally ranked adult specialty programs, with 3 specialties rated in the top 10 nationally, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt named as one of the Best Children's Hospital in the nation, with 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties nationally ranked.
* Healthcare's Most Wired: Among the nation's 100 "most-wired" hospitals and health systems for its efforts in innovative medical technology.
* Becker's Hospital Review: named as one of the "100 Great Hospitals in America", in the roster of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs and to its list of the 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs.
* The Leapfrog Group: One of only 10 children's hospitals in the to be named at Leapfrog Top Hospital.
* American Association for the Advancement of Science: The School of Medicine has 112 elected fellows
* Magnet Recognition Program: Received our third consecutive Magnet designations.
* National Academy of Medicine: 22 members, elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding achievement
* Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index: 6th year in a row that Vanderbilt University Medical Center was a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.
Key Functions and Expected Performance:
Clinical Risk Management
Provides advanced level management and analysis of risk management data:
Oversees accurate and thorough data entry for VUMC's event reporting system (VERITAS) and claims database for reporting purposes;
Identifies and analyzes trends in VERITAS and claim data to recommend prioritization of institutional patient safety initiatives;
Shares claim and VERITAS data with senior and mid-level leadership;
Oversees VERITAS infrastructure and reporting.
Creates and delivers or supervises educational programs for faculty and staff related to patient safety and risk management.
Provides risk management expertise for policy development.
Advises departments, interdisciplinary teams, and work groups on risk management principles and strategies.
Serves as the risk management representative on multiple committees to provide advice and direction to improve patient safety and reduce risk, including but not limited to those involving Quality, Pharmacy, Nursing, Documentation, and Safety.
Manages and oversees reporting of patient safety and risk management issues to governmental agencies such as CMS, FDA, and the TN Department of Health to comply with state and federal laws, rules, and regulations.
Serves as risk management liaison with the recall coordinator related to product recalls, including recommendations for management and internal and external communications. Oversees any required external reporting.
Oversees and supervises requests for explants and surgical pathology specimens.
Assists with presentations and communications with excess insurance carriers as appropriate.
Professional and General Liability Claims
Supervises or directly performs primary intake and evaluation of patient events.
Screens and evaluates reports to risk management by clinical faculty and staff through phone calls and VERITAS.
Serves as an on-call resource advising clinical faculty, staff, and administrators regarding management of acute patient events.
Evaluates events and claims including investigation, interviews, analysis of medical records, policies and procedures, equipment, and expert opinions.
Recommends management and resolution of events, including an analysis of the standard of care, causation, damages, and establishment of a monetary reserve and regular reports to the self-insurance Trust Committee.
Advises clinical faculty and staff regarding disclosure of adverse patient events.
Coordinates communication and planning with internal and external counsel for high-risk events.
Assigns defense counsel as appropriate, and manages litigation including recommendations for resolution or trial.
Ensures proper and timely reporting to the insurance carriers, as appropriate.
Negotiates settlements with patients, families, and plaintiff attorneys, including participation in mediations, as appropriate.
Supervises other clinical risk managers in above activities.
Supervises staff in all aspects of workers' compensation claim management:
Review, investigation, and determination of compensability;
Establishment of reserves and payment of benefits;
Assignment and oversight of defense counsel;
Proper documentation and compliance with state reporting requirements;
Reporting to the excess insurance carrier as appropriate;
OSHA and record-keeping.
Identifying and monitoring trends in injuries.
Communicating with managers and senior leaders about trends and individual claim issues.
Participating and supporting committee work to reduce employee injuries, such as Safety, Ergonomics, OSHA, and Workplace Violence.
Property and Automobile Claims
Supervises proper intake and documentation of claims, including reporting to the insurance carrier as appropriate;
Supervises determination of compensability of property claims;
Supervises management of large property claims, including working with the insurance carrier and their claim adjuster;
Ensures proper and timely reporting of auto liability claims to the insurance carrier.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period. Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disease.As t...he largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.