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Surgery Care Affiliates Associate Director Payer Engagement in Chicago, Illinois


Today, SCA Health has grown to 11,000 teammates who care for 1 million patients each year and support physician specialists holistically in many aspects of patient care. Together, our teammates create value in specialty care by aligning physicians, health plans and health systems around a common goal: delivering on the quadruple aim of high-quality outcomes and a better experience for patients and providers, all at a lower total cost of care.

As part of Optum, we participate in an integrated care delivery system that enables us to support our partners as they navigate a complex healthcare environment, Only SCA Health has a dynamic group of physician-driven, specialty care businesses that allows us to customize solutions, no matter the need or challenge:

  • We connect patients to physicians in new and differentiated ways as part of Optum and with our new Specialty Management Solutions business.

  • We have pioneered a physician-led, multi-site model of practice solutions that restores physician agency by aligning incentives to support growth and transition to value-based care.

  • We lead the industry in value-based payment solutions through our Global 1 bundled payment convener, that provides easy predictable billing to patients.

  • We help physicians address everything beyond surgical procedures, including anesthesia and ancillary service lines.

    The new SCA Health represents who we are today and where we are going—and the growing career opportunities for YOU.


Role Description:

SCA is currently accepting applications for an Associate Director position on its fast paced and innovative Catalyst team. The Associate Director is responsible for advancing payer relationship to support growth across a multi-state and multi-facility portfolio. This position will help to advance strategic priorities and support a variety of stakeholders responsible for contract negotiations, business development, finance, and operations through the quantitative analysis and strategic application of all payer contracts and the implications they have on financial results and growth.


  • Develop Differentiated Payer Relationships: Teammate will be viewed by payers as a problem solver who they want to call, growing and advancing payer relationships and identifying opportunities to align on strategic initiatives. The teammate will solve complex problems and develop ways to partner with payers on innovative payment solutions that advances the growth of their portfolio.

  • Enable Strategic Acquisitions: Teammate will partner with Development and Operations team to identify suitable growth opportunities and lead complex rate analysis to ensure clear understanding of contracting impact on pro-formas. This teammate will be able to interpret analyses, apply payer knowledge, and identify innovative payer initiatives to support recommendations.

  • Enable Organizational Alignment to Grow Revenue: The teammate will have ownership for overall rate growth through an active communication strategy that will typically include participation in cross-functional project implementation, monthly operating reviews, presentations to physician partners, engaging Sales to develop physician recruiting plans, partnering with Revenue Cycle to resolve contractual issues impacting collections, etc. Teammate will be responsible for developing and executing contracting strategies for a defined portfolio of facilities and geographies. The teammate anticipates facility partnership needs and proactively develop solutions to meet them by providing strategic direction to the Operations team around reimbursement, fee schedule management, and growth of ASC. Teammate will influence leaders to adopt new ideas, products, and/or approaches.

  • Accurate, timely and actionable growth metrics and reporting: Teammate will develop and deliver metrics / reporting package to SCA’s Operations and Finance Teams to ensure teammates responsible for revenue and volume growth are clear about the trends and opportunities to increase profitability. This includes reviewing and providing recommendations on work products and developing explanations on complex issues.

  • Demonstrates Success Behaviors:

  • Driven - self-motivated with an extraordinary will to create value, executes, achieves strong results, takes full accountability. This teammate identifies opportunities and executes multiple projects with some supervision and identifies strategic opportunities with minimal supervisory support.

  • Collaborative - knows when to engage internal and external resources to achieve results, does so respectfully and productively, leveraging SCA's capabilities. This teammate moves from tactical execution to being recognized as a leader across teams and sought out as a subject matter expert.

  • Essentialist - clear on how SCA creates value for customers and partners, drives "vital few", keeps things simple, prioritizes workload. This teammate balances goals with tactical priorities to bring others along.

  • Creative - innovative thinker; develops innovative solutions and creates new opportunities for SCA, leads work sessions on smaller projects, identifies opportunities to think differently. This teammate initiates work sessions and predicts emerging customer needs.

  • Influential – thought leader with clear vision, persuasive internally & externally, motivates and inspires other teammates. This teammate leads discussions to influence leaders to adopt new ideas, products, and/or approaches.


  • Bachelor’s degree and at minimum 8 years of direct experience

  • 3+ years health plan contracting/healthcare operational/revenue cycle

  • Experience in a payer contracting role – health plan, provider, or ancillary contracting - or equivalent health care facility operations experience.

  • Experience in commercial payer strategies, pricing, and reimbursement

  • Qualified individuals will possess the following success behaviors and demonstrate the ability to leverage them for successful outcomes across all aspects of the work they perform: collaborative, creative, disciplined, driven and influential

  • Ability to heavily leverage data and execute on defined action plans

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as a collaborator and skilled cross-functional communicator

  • Travel to health plan meetings, company meetings, center visits, etc. (20%)