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Chief Medical Officer, Essence Healthcare



United States · Remote
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2024

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Chief Medical Officer, Essence Healthcare

Position Summary:

Provides strategic direction and clinical expertise to guide policy, programs, and overall healthcare delivery. Functions in a clinical operations role as a member of the operations team and serves as the clinical lead for Essence Healthcare to ensure the delivery of high quality, cost effective and patient centered care.

Job Description:

Primary Responsibilities

  • Oversees, coaches, mentors, motivates, supports, and develops a cross-functional team of seasoned people leaders with a broad scope.
  • Responsible for overseeing and coordinating all clinical aspects of the health plan, including medical and pharmacy management, utilization review, and initiatives to ensure care and services provided align with evidence-based guidelines and best practices.
  • Ultimately responsible for medical cost management.
  • Plans and facilitates medical director meetings to ensure effective communication and collaboration.
  • Fosters strong relationships with Essence physicians and partners with medical groups on provider performance management.
  • Participates in the alignment of physician incentives, quality measures, and value-based contracts.
  • Maintains strong relationships with ARO Value Based Care Enablement CMOs and clinical teams at partnering organizations.
  • Directs and monitors medical management activities and quality management programs as needed to maintain compliance with CMS, NCQA and other accrediting bodies.
  • Collaborates with the Corporate Chief Medical Officer (CCMO) on clinical strategy, design and approach, facilitating communications, and managing risk on engagements.
  • Acts as an internal consultant on clinical program development and special projects for Lumeris customers.
  • Provides support to the Accountable Delivery Systems Institute as needed on matters relating to accountable care, physician engagement/alignment, payer and clinical transformation, and the use of top technology in support of the new models of care.
  • Contributes to the Clinical thought leadership of the organization through presentations, case studies and scientific articles.


  • MD. or D.O. degree, plus Board Certification
  • Current, unrestricted medical license
  • 15+ years of relevant experience or the knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in the role
  • 7+ years of people, program, or project leadership experience or the knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in the role
  • Demonstrated experience in a successful clinical practice
  • Substantial Medicare Advantage experience
  • Proven health system, health plan or capitated provider experience with exposure to managing total cost of care, quality, and documentation and coding
  • Deep understanding of population health & managed care
  • Strong background in administrative clinical leadership
  • Solid understanding and experience with population health management strategies
  • Knowledge of healthcare financing and the relation to various managed care products (HMO, PPO, Indemnity, and Medicare Advantage)
  • Knowledge of continuous quality improvement theory and practice
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated track record of developing productive working relationships internally and externally at all levels
  • Expert ability to positively impact results

Working Conditions

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee works in normal office working conditions.


  • The job description describes the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. The physical activities, demands and working conditions represent those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job duties and responsibilities.

Lumeris is an EEO/AA employer M/F/V/D.

The hiring range for this position is:


Factors that may be used to determine your actual pay rate include your specific skills, experience, qualifications, location, and comparison to other employees already in this role. This role may also be eligible for incentive compensation. At Lumeris, we are committed to providing a total rewards package that supports your overall well-being. Our benefits include medical, vision, dental, well-being programs, 401(k) with company matching, life insurance, paid time off including paid leave, and so much more. Learn more by visiting our Careers Page.

Member Facing Position:

No- Not Member Facing Position


Remote, USA

Time Type:

Full time

Lumeris and its partners are committed to protecting our high-risk members & prospects when conducting business in-person. All personnel who interact with at-risk members or prospects are required to have completed, at a minimum, the initial series of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. If this role has been identified as member-facing, proof of vaccination will be required as a condition of employment.