Provider Contracting Specialist, Principal

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Job Summary

Provider Contracting Specialist - Prepares, analyzes, reviews, and projects financial impact of large or complex provider contracts and alternate contract terms. Conducts negotiations and drafts individual contracts. Ensures the smooth operation and administration of provider agreements. Focus on either 1) medical groups/IPA's, hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities and freestanding surgery centers, or 2) PPO and Specialty Benefits. In addition, supports Regional Strategy.

  • Oversees an annual spend of nearly $80M - $400M.
  • Participates in cross-functional team to implement initiatives to help manage the total cost of health care across the assigned region
  • Collaborates closely with
  • Medical Management,
  • Provider Relations, Network Analytics and Sales to meet aggressive regional goals.
  • Drives alignment with Pricing, Underwriting and sales regarding unit cost and other contracting activities.
  • Identifies strategic opportunities within local market (i.e., network expansion opportunities, utilization or unit cost excesses, etc.).
  • Assesses market trends and competitive benchmarks to enhance company's market position.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge and Experience
  • 7-10 years provider contracting experience with a Bachelors degree in Business, Healthcare Policy, Public Health or related field or 6 years and a Master's degree; or a PhD with 3 years of experience.
  • Substantial experience in managing complex and high-profile provider negotiations.
  • Requires mastery level knowledge of job area typically obtained through advanced education combined with experience.

Physical Requirements

Office Environment - roles involving part to full time schedule in Office Environment. Based in our physical offices and work from home office/deskwork - Activity level: Sedentary, frequency most of work day.
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External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest records and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, State and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disability status and any other classification protected by Federal, State and local laws.EEO Policy