Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Director, Reimbursement and Health Policy

Director, Reimbursement and Health Policy

Varian Medical Systems seeks a Director, Reimbursement and Health Policy for its Washington D.C. Government Affairs office. Varian is the world's leading supplier of radiotherapy products for treating cancer. Our products include linear accelerators, simulators, proton therapy systems, and a broad range of accessories and interconnected software tools for planning, verifying, and delivering the most advanced radiation, radiosurgical, and brachytherapy treatments. Varian offers informatics software designed specifically for managing comprehensive cancer clinics. Our electronic medical record facilitates efficient management of treatment for patients undergoing medical or radiation/proton therapies. Automated cancer staging, pharmacy preparation and dispensing, rule-based decision support, image management, and full clinical trial back-office support promote overall patient safety and improve clinical outcomes. In addition, Varian produces tens of thousands of X-ray tubes as well as the world’s fastest flat-panel digital detectors for filmless X-ray imaging. X-ray equipment manufacturers use Varian components to supply the world with reliable systems capable of instantly producing sharp, detailed images.

The Director, Reimbursement and Health Policy will manage the reimbursement and health policy activities as well as formulate and execute on the reimbursement strategy of the company. The Director will be responsible for developing strategy as it relates to radiation oncology and proton therapy reimbursement and work closely with executive management team as well as the Oncology and Proton therapy business units in implementing that strategy. The Director will be the point person for all issues related to Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance reimbursement. In addition, the Director will lead the company’s effort to implement and to respond to the Department of Health and Human Services’ effort to implement healthcare reform legislation. This person will seek to improve the sustain and improve the economic viability of radiotherapy and radiosurgery worldwide by developing evidence of its comparative clinical and economic benefits, producing materials that clinicians can use with payers to promote the use of advanced technology, meeting with payers and policymakers to educate and persuade them on the benefits of radiotherapy and radiosurgery procedures, and work with others in the company to insure that the reimbursement issues associated with technologies to be introduced are addressed.

The Director will coordinate the company’s activities with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, MedPAC and private insurance companies. The position will also be responsible for partnering with all stakeholders in the healthcare community, including medical societies, patient advocacy organizations, customers and regulators.

Candidates must be self-starters who can maintain a fast-pace and multi-task. The ideal candidate should have knowledge of Medicare billing and coding issues as well as healthcare policy issues as they relate to the medical device industry.

This position requires a bachelor's or advanced degree in Political Science, Public Policy, Health Care, or related field, and a minimum of ten years of relevant experience in health policy and reimbursement. The position requires an in depth of understanding of federal and private reimbursement programs and healthcare policy. Health policy experience may include local, state, or federal Congressional or regulatory experience. Excellent written and oral communications skills required. Leadership experience in working with national coalitions is desirable. The Director, Reimbursement and Health Policy will report to the Vice President, Government Affairs.

Applicants should contact Andy Whitman at Andrew.Whitman@varian.com

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