This position supports the clinical vision for the health plan(s) and implements programs to support this vision. May serve multiple health plans managed by the Clinical Center of Excellence.

typical roles and responsibilities for Child Psychiatrist – Medical Director

  • Provides clinical leadership to the interdisciplinary Medical Management team, which includes clinical/medical oversight of clinical team members and consultation and training with care managers in order to address cost and quality of care.
  • Provides day to day physician oversight to an assigned interdisciplinary UM team, including regular involvement in the case management of at-risk cases and medical necessity decisions.
  • Follows high risk cases throughout treatment continuum from inpatient, rehabilitation, partial hospitalization, outpatient and other levels of care. Ensures that persons with severe, complex, and/or treatment resistant illnesses receive medically necessary coordinated care throughout the episode of treatment. Continues physician oversight of at-risk patients deemed appropriate for complex case management and timely completion of all utilization management activities. Involvement in the development of case management plans.
  • Develops and implements a Utilization Management program and action plan, which includes strategies that ensure a high quality of patient care, ensuring that patients receive the most appropriate care at the most cost-effective setting. Evaluates the effectiveness of UM practices and criteria. Actively monitors for over- and under-utilization. Assumes a leadership position relative to knowledge, implementation, training and supervision of the use of the medical necessity criteria.
  • Along with the Corporate Clinical team, implements clinical practice standards and policies developed by corporate and participates in management of activities. Develops, implements and interprets medical policy, technology assessments, and medical necessity guidelines.
  • Develops effective working relationships with practitioners, provider facilities, treatment programs, and may establish relationships and/or consult with client organizations. Confers directly with psychiatrists and other practitioners regarding the care of patients with severe, complex, and/or treatment resistant illnesses through peer review and educational interventions. Identifies and immediately follows up any quality-of-care concerns with practitioners and provider facilities and treatment programs involved in the member’s care. Ensures that contract requirements, accreditation standards (e.g. NCQA), state policies and federal policies are implemented specific to each client. Works with teams on continuous quality improvement to ensure ongoing compliance in utilization and case management.
  • Participates in and maintains the integrity of the appeals process, both internally and externally. Responsible for the investigation of adverse incidents and quality of care concerns. Participates in preparation for NCQA and URAC certifications. Develops and provides leadership for NCQA-compliant clinical quality improvement activity (QIA) in collaboration with the clinical lead senior medical director, and quality improvement staff. May participate in various committees or project teams as directed by the senior medical director or vice-president.

Requirements for Child Psychiatrist – Medical Director – Physician

MD (Required)

License and Certifications – Required
DO – Physician, State Licensure and Board Certified (ABMS or Specialty Board) – Physician, MD – Physician, State Licensure and Board Certified (ABMS or Specialty Board) – Physician


  • Graduate of an American or Canadian medical school accredited by the Accreditation Council for Medical Education (ACME) or equivalent training in a foreign medical school with successful completion of the ECFMG and FLEX examinations.
  • Full training in a residency program in the United States or Canada that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
  • Post-residency experience of at least 5 years involving substantial direct patient care during this period at multiple levels of care.
  • Clinical experience pertinent to the patient population(s) being managed.
  • Must be board-certified in a medical specialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or by a specialty affiliate of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Unrestricted current and valid license or certification to practice medicine in a state or territory of the United States.
  • Targeted specialties are Primary Care, Geriatrics, Palliative Care or Physical Medicine.
  • Managed care experience, as a provider and a manager of care. Utilization Review experience. Accreditation experience (NCQA, AAHCC/URAC).