The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.
This senior management position collaborates with medical leaders, peers and colleagues at SCCA as well as our partner institutions to assure the provision of high quality, patient and family centered care in an environment that facilitates clinical research. The director serves as a key leader in creating financial stability and economic advantage for SCCA and its partner organizations (Seattle Children's Hospital, UW Medicine and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.) Keyresponsibilities include:
Protect the long-term stability of SCCA through recommendations for the best application of assets to the organization's strategic opportunities
Create strategic alignment with partner organizations through information sharing, open dialogue, and developing agreement within a trust-based environment
Oversees all aspects of Financial Reporting and Accounting including General Ledger, GAAP Compliance, Tax and Regulatory Reporting, Purchasing, Payroll, Third Party Agreements (TPA Accounting) and Financial Systems Group (FSG)
Oversees all aspects of Revenue Cycle and Patient Accounting including Registration, Financial Counseling and Clearance, Charge Capture, Coding, Epic Systems, Clinical Research Billing and Monitoring, Denials.
Collaborate with other financial leaders to identify and optimize the use of personnel and financial assets to achieve strategic, operational and financial objectives of SCCA
This position oversees overall billing functions of services rendered including: Billing, Follow-up, Customer Service and Collections, Cash Application and Case Rate. Coordinate Charge Description Master maintenance with Corporate Finance Group. These functions include both insurance and patient billings. The position also oversees Treasury Function including Cash Management, Investments and Investment Manager Relations, Investment Reporting, Liquidity Planning and other related treasury functions.
This position reports to the Vice-President/Chief Financial Officer and supervises the Associate Director of Accounting (Controller), as well as departmental Managers, Supervisors and various staff.
Evaluate and document transactional, accounting and financial reporting internal controls, accounting and reporting policies and procedures and emerging internal control, accounting and reporting issues. Develop related white papers or policy documents to support internal documentation standards and external audit documentation requirements
Interpret, analyze and communicate financial and accounting positions and results of analytics to executive team and board committees to aid in decision-making processes
Analyze and evaluate investment returns against policy benchmarks, determine appropriate investment GAAP reporting, prepare routine investment reporting for Investment Sub-committee coordinate Investment Sub-committee decisions with Investment Manager and internal treasury functions
Conduct highly complex research and analysis to benchmark SCCA programs, develop and review business models, evaluate proposals, and inform/advise leadership regarding business drivers and financial impact
Perform and oversee complex/detailed financial analyses (such as net present value and economic return analysis) to inform top-level decision-making. Create analytical models to support such analyses
Research technologies, programs, and systems and recommend practices to stimulate innovation and marketplace advantage for SCCA
Analyze, evaluate and document judgmental accounting areas related to Accounts Receivable reserves, cost report settlements and reserves and potential payor contract settlements. Understand cost report methodologies and settlement processes
Develop key relationships and foster close collaboration/alignment with members of partner organizations
Work with partner organizations to achieve operational efficiencies around all third-party agreements. Streamline contracting and billing/settlement processes
Represent SCCA at key Alliance meetings, provide strategic insight and technical expertise, and convey SCCA priorities to partner organizations
Advocate for and articulate the value of SCCA proposed initiatives and programs
Serve as liaison between SCCAs senior leadership and partner institutions, advise SCCA regarding partner institutions objectives, efforts, and progress
Provide strategic direction to Finance Operations staff, foster staff engagement and continuous performance improvement
Educate and inform SCCA leadership regarding business impacts, opportunities and risks
Provides leadership and direction for the Revenue Cycle department
Understands interrelationships among systems and process across functional areas to redesign process, improve efficiency, and insure optimal results
Support organization-wide IT initiatives and provide Executive Sponsors with the appropriate leadership and support to ensure effective systems implementation related to IT development, system interfaces, functional integration and automation and management reporting
Oversees policies and operations for front-end financial clearance and approvals for patients, including care preauthorization, insurance authorization, patient financial responsibility and payment protocols
Fosters a positive and proactive work environment, emphasizing respect for individuals, high standards of quality, customer service, innovation and teamwork
Establishing and measuring performance of billing related activity with establishment, maintenance and monitoring of appropriate dashboards
Compliance with established regulations related to coding, billing and collections
Bachelors degree in Finance, Accounting or Business Administration. MBA or CPA strongly preferred.
10+ years of experience working in a related field required, preferably in an acute care hospital or cancer research center
Proven skills in strategic and quantitative analysis, project management, negotiation, communication and leadership.
Strong writing skills, a solid foundation of financial and analytic skills and well-developed interpersonal communication skills
Ability to analyze and implement new accounting standards or accounting interpretations and prepare written documentation to support managements findings and conclusions that is sufficient to support internal control processes and audit requirements
Proven ability to build teams and collaborate internally and externally. Ability to recruit new and retain existing associates
Excellent written/verbal communication skills, including the ability to explain complex ideas to others throughout the organization, across varying levels of expertise
Proficient ability to prepare and communicate compelling, high impact presentations for senior organizational leaders and other strategic and functional stakeholders and business partners
Ability to research, analyze and interpret complex data and formulate recommendations
Ability to identify and resolve or explain inconsistencies in financial analysis and data
Understanding of treasury function, investment vehicles and asset allocation strategies and investment accounting and reporting
Ability to interpret contract/legal documentation
Understanding of current and developing payment methodologies and current payor trends
Technical knowledge, skills, judgment and organizational ability to plan and direct operations of assigned departments
Ability to relate to medical staff, managers, employees and others to win their confidence and establish support
Systems thinking. Ability to quickly and accurately understand organizational culture, systems, processes, strengths and weaknesses
Negotiation skills. Ability to gain agreement in complex situations. Critical thinking and judgment required
Proficiency in use of standard office computer software programs, equipment and clinical information systems
Ability to work in an environment that may be ambiguous at times
We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 206-667-4700.
The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance was incorporated in 1998 as a separate, jointly governed non-profit that included the cancer programs of three partners. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a cancer treatment center that unites doctors from Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Medical Center, and Seattle Children’s. The purpose of this organization is to provide state-of the-art patient and family centered care; support the conduct of cancer clinical research and education; enhance access to improved cancer interventions; and advance the standard of cancer care regionally and beyond. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Northwest, and according to the National Cancer Data Base, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance patients in general have better survival rates than patients treated at other cancer treatment centers.