Based in Atlanta, GA the American College of Rheumatology is a professional association for physicians, health professionals, and scientists that work in the medical subspecialty of rheumatology. The ACR has over 9,500 members from around the world. We offer a variety of services, including: educational programming, legislative and regulatory advocacy, practice management support and grant funding through its Rheumatology Research Foundation. The ACR’s Annual Scientific Meeting, held each fall, is the premier scientific meeting in the world devoted to rheumatic diseases. To find out more about us please visit www.rheumatology.org
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RHEUMATOLOGY
TITLE: Director, Regulatory Affairs
DATE: March 15, 2017
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.
DIRECT SUPERVISOR: Senior Director, Government Affairs
POSITION SUMMARY DESCRIPTION:
The Director, Regulatory Affairs will be responsible for driving the ACR’s regulatory efforts, and will develop and execute effective strategies related to regulations and agency issues that affect the rheumatology community. They will oversee and provide expertise, counsel, and guidance related to the ACR’s interactions with regulatory agencies and the organization’s responses to rules, proposed rules, guidance and other proposals and regulations. The individual will serve as one of the lobbyists for the ACR and will represent the organization at meetings of agencies, commissions, specialty societies and coalitions. They will effectively engage with key stakeholders and coalition partners to advance the ACR’s regulatory agenda.
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
Develop and execute strategy related to regulations and issues affecting access to rheumatologic care, including Medicare Physician Fee Schedule updates; implementation of the Quality Payment Program (QPP); and appropriate reimbursement for rheumatologists and rheumatology services.
Develop and execute regulatory strategy related to access to appropriate and effective treatments, such as appropriate reimbursement, naming, labeling, and interchangeability guidance for biosimilar products; resolving drug cost attribution under the Value Based Modifier; along with appropriate reimbursement for complex infusion administration and other Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) issues.
Develop and execute strategy to help rheumatologists perform under the Medicare Quality Payment Program, including leveraging qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs) such as the ACR’s RISE registry; implementation of ACR-developed quality measures for rheumatology; and addressing additional physician requirements.
Serve as one of the lobbyists for the ACR and maintain relationships with agency staff at CMS, FDA, NIH, GAO, MedPAC, and other agencies and commissions. Represent the ACR at meetings of agencies, commissions, specialty societies and coalitions. Engage with coalitions and develop partnerships with physician societies and patient advocacy groups in relation to shared regulatory objectives. Effectively work with key stakeholders and allied organizations to advance the ACR’s policy agenda.
Work collaboratively with ACR staff and volunteer leaders to respond to agency rules and proposals. Develop ACR comments and correspondence related to agency rules and proposals.
Develop policy position statements and correspondence on regulatory issues. Prepare effective advocacy materials including background papers and issue briefs for various policy initiatives. Effectively communicate regulatory developments and advocacy activities to the membership, leadership, and grassroots networks.
Regular communication with the Atlanta office including conference calls and emails.
Any other duties as the Sr. Director, Government Affairs; Vice President, Practice, Advocacy, and Quality; or the ACR Executive Vice President may assign.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and 5-10 years of related professional experience; health policy experience strongly preferred
Master’s degree in public policy, public health, health services administration or similar area, or equivalent work-related experience highly desired
Significant experience with regulatory processes, agency lobbying, and analysis and response to regulations and proposed regulations, especially in the health policy arena; understanding of physician payment and healthcare quality
Outstanding writing and verbal communication skills, with the ability to make persuasive presentations and to distill highly complex documents in communications
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with volunteers and staff effectively
Ability to effectively interact with a wide variety of individuals and develop an extensive professional network, to include physicians and other health care professionals, regulatory agency staff, and other medical association government affairs professionals
Self-starter with the ability to organize and manage several projects simultaneously and with minimal supervision; ability to exercise judgment in prioritizing responsibilities
Highly detail-oriented with demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
Not-for-profit experience highly desired; healthcare association experience preferred
The ACR provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. The ACR complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities or conducts business.
This is not a contract. The description and duties as they relate to this position are subject to change as reasonable business necessity dictates. In the event of such changes, a new job description may be created.
The American College of Rheumatology's mission is advancing rheumatology. The organization is for physicians, health professionals, and scientists that meet the mission through programs of education, research, advocacy and practice support.
The ACR provides professional education for its members through several venues. The Annual Scientific Meeting, held each fall, is the premier scientific m...eeting devoted to the rheumatic diseases. This meeting draws thousands of rheumatologists and arthritis health professionals from around the world. A winter rheumatology symposium, spring clinical meetings, and other topical conferences round out the ACR's educational offerings.