Position Description

Science Lead, Clinical Registry Science Definition & Measurement
Location DC
Department NCDR Science Dev & Implementation
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Function and Scope:

This position is a unique opportunity to work with national experts in cardiovascular care to develop clinical observational patient data registries and performance measures/metrics on processes and outcomes of care. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implement methodologies that provide the scientific foundation for the development of clinical patient registries for the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) with a focus on the ambulatory patient setting. Provide subject matter expertise in the development of:
  • Clinical data sets including data elements and definitions as well as data quality submission criteria and thresholds;
  • Performance measures and quality indicators for reporting to ambulatory practices who contribute data to NCDR, including algorithms definitions;
  • Measurement instruments for data collection and analysis.
  • Coordinate implementation through science development handoffs to ACC Information Technology Business Services team, including support registry-EHR integration initiatives by being open to learn and provide feedback on new methodologies, tools, and processes in data transmission (HL7, FHIR) and element coded standards (SNOMED CT, LOINC, RxNorm) especially as it applies to EMRs in the outpatient setting.
  • Serve as staff liaison and/or content expert to physician workgroups and/or committees, including presenting and effectively communicating development work at committee meetings, seminars, and national conferences.
  • Build/maintain constructive relationships by supporting clinical customer relations and program manager staff in addressing issues related to data set definitions or measures/metrics.
  • Provide measurement expertise/support as needed to internal staff leading measure endorsement projects measures with external organizations (e.g., National Quality Forum).  Assist in responding to inquiries during the endorsement application process and suggest solutions to relevant implementation challenges to address organizational needs.
  • Cross-collaborate with colleagues in Advocacy, Appropriate Use Criteria guidelines, and NCDR Analytics to facilitate measure development. Demonstrate professionalism in cross-team interactions, earn the trust and respect of others by freely sharing ideas and information, and maintain commitments in support of the mission of the College.
  • Support submission of: (1) assigned NCDR inpatient or outpatients registries to CMS’ Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) program (2) assigned NQF measures for endorsement and (3) assigned QPP/MIPS measures.
  • Support implementation of NCDR registry measures/metrics in external stakeholder (e.g., private payer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, health systems, etc.) programs.
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously and independently and takes responsibility for the quality and timeliness of results.
  • Lead or support tasks related to government or private contracts, dependent upon funding.
  • Adjust to changing organizational needs, shifting priorities and be willing to take on other responsibilities and duties, as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters in health-related discipline with 2-5 years experience in the performance measurement or quality improvement field or Bachelor’s degree with 5-10 years experience in the performance measurement or quality improvement field.
  • Minimum 2-6 years related work experience with training in evidence-based medicine, technology assessment, or health services research, with some technical understanding of performance measure specification development and implementation.
  • Familiarity with Electronic Health Records (especially in the outpatient/ambulatory care setting) and with standard health-related terminologies e.g. SNOMED, ICD, CPT, LOINC, RxNorm, etc.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills with the ability to organize multiple tasks and set priorities under strict deadlines.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to initiate projects and to work independently.
  • Ability to organize and lead matrix project teams comprised of staff and volunteers.
  • Proficient with Windows-based office software products, especially MS Word, Excel, Visio, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to travel to support College and committee meetings as needed (1-3 times per year)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Clinical experience or knowledge of cardiovascular medicine.
  • Experience in outcome research or quality improvement processes.
  • Public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Familiarity with National Quality Forum measurement endorsement process, and overall quality measurement landscape.

The American College of Cardiology (ACC), a 52,000-member nonprofit medical society, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of cardiovascular patients through continuous quality improvement, patient-centered care, payment innovation and professionalism. The ACC provides professional education and operates national registries for the measurement and improvement of quality care.  ACC offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits, including a generous retirement plan, commuting subsidies, flexible work schedules, and more. For more information, please visit www.acc.org/jobs.  ACC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. EOE/AA including Vets and Disabled.