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As the chair of the RAPS Atlanta Chapter, I'd like to personally welcome you to the RAPS community! By being a member of RAPS, not only are you connected to 14,000+ regulatory professionals worldwide, but you also have access to a vibrant regulatory community right here in your geographic region.

The RAPS Atlanta Chapter conducts a number of professional development and networking activities throughout the year to help members connect, build relationships and increase knowledge, competence and performance. RAPS is a volunteer-driven organization, and I’ve found that the more I put into it, the more I get back. There are a number of volunteer opportunities available at the chapter and national levels, and I am happy to help you identify something that meets your interests and serves your personal growth needs.

If you are a RAPS member, log in for full access to the chapter member directory and the discussion board. Members residing outside of the chapter served region can find and join a chapter's online community from the chapter community listing.

We hope you will join us at our next event. I look forward to introducing you to some of our other members and volunteers. Again, welcome to RAPS and please let me know if I can be of assistance.

Sincerely,

Penny Northcutt
Chair, Atlanta Chapter

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Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight
Each month, RAPS turns the spotlight on a member making an impact in RAPS and on the regulatory community. These members are the backbone of the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society and an inspiration for others. If you are interested in being highlighted or nominating another member for the spotlight, please contact Austen Gage at agage@raps.org.

Local Regulatory Job Openings

  • Ocala, Florida, What makes Kindred Healthcare a great place to work? Our people, of course! Our clinicians answer this special calling because they have a fundamental, internal drive to directly help people. In return, we serve, develop and respect our employees in environments created to optimize their job effectiveness, experience, and satisfaction. This is who we are. Who are you? To succeed in our high-energy, high-reward environment, our clinicians provide compassionate critical care and deliver exceptional patient experiences , meaningful outcomes, and bonds for life. As our most acute level of care, Kindred's transitional care hospitals offer the same critical care patients receive in a traditional hospital or intensive care unit , but for an extended recovery period. Our clinicians play a vital role in the recovery process for chronic, critically ill and medically complex patients . As a Director Quality Management you will: Responsible for planning and implementing the performance improvement program to meet the needs of the hospital. Provides education to medical staff, hospital staff, and Governing Body. Facilitates performance improvement activities, and CQI activities throughout the hospital. Acts as resource person to administrative team, department managers, and medical staff. Performs clinical risk management functions. Assists department managers with preparation for medical staff committees. Oversight responsibility for all regulatory body surveys, such as, JCAHO, State Licensing Review, HCFA (CMS) Validation surveys. Maintains oversight responsibility for all performance improvement activities conducted throughout the hospital. As a Director Quality Management you will have: Bachelor's degree. Certified Professional Healthcare Quality / CPHQ certification preferred. Minimum three (3) years' experience in Quality and/or Risk Management in a hospital setting. Job : Compliance/Quality/Risk Primary Location : FL-Ocala-Kindred Hospital - Ocala Organization : 4508 - Kindred Hospital - Ocala Shift : Day
  • Baltimore, Maryland, Essential Functions: Develops and communicates the goals, objectives and strategic direction of the Quality and Risk function. Assures compliance of Joint Commission standards, with special emphasis on patient safety, infection control, assuring the use of evidence based practices. Assures that organization-wide performance improvement initiatives are focused and aligned to improve operational and program efficiencies and effectiveness. Researches and develops performance management and quality improvement training programs that aim to improve clinical outcomes. Assesses the quality and accuracy of clinical documentation in patients’ electronic medical record to help ensure compliance with Family Health Centers of Baltimore policies as well as Joint Commission, Medicare, state and federal regulations. Responsibility for perpetuating the continuum of care, including mastery of Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Chesapeake Region Information System for our Patients (CRISP) health information exchange (HIE) resource tools and patient information. Surveillance, analysis, reporting and recording activities as well as setting standards and evaluating compliance of practices that are associated with the patient safety and the control of infections. Facilitate monthly collaborative meetings for the Quality Counsel Prioritize, anticipate and assess quality improvement needs of the company by identifying educational opportunities for improvement. Responsible for the review and analysis of clinical data, in accordance with the FHCB Performance Improvement Plan. Oversee and facilitate annual performance improvement initiatives in each FHCB department. Monthly review of prescribing patterns and compliance with FHCB policies Serves as a technical expert on clinical outcome measure data analysis; Responsible for effectively supporting and monitoring FHCB departmental performance improvement teams. Facilitates monitoring hospital services at each practice site, making proficient use of CRISP Monitors and tracks referrals to assure completion Reviews continuum of care for obstetrical patients and assures accuracy of perinatal reporting Assures the routine provision of in-service education and consultation to reinforce compliance with Joint Commission standards Serves as a change agent and spearheads multiple projects to enhance and improve the quality of care and services. Infection Control Complies with Infection Control, Standard Precautions, and OSHA standards for the healthcare professional. Develop and maintain an effective system-wide infection control program within FHCB facilities. Monitors and evaluate prevalence of healthcare associated infections. Supports teamwork essential for compliance with accrediting and regulatory agency standards (JACHO, OSHA, etc.) through surveillance, effective, prevention, and control activity specific to outpatient practice settings Assist in developing and implementing program initiatives, policies, and education related to infection prevention for employees and patients. Educates staff on principles and techniques of Infection Prevention. Completes all initial and annual required learning relevant to the role. Occupational Health Documenting all employee injuries and illnesses within the workplace. Observe and assess the work environment for potential dangers and hazards. Remain up to date with current health and safety legislation Develop and maintain a system wide program to create a healthier and safer environment to reduce disability claims and work related injuries. Perform pre-placement and periodic surveillance screenings. Assess and appropriately apply guidelines to manage blood and body fluid exposures, work related injuries, and disease exposure. Evaluate employees for suitability to work and apply work exclusion guidelines. Administer vaccines, skin testing, and medication per standing order. Coordinate and executes program such as respiratory fit testing, vaccination, and wellness campaigns. Accurately documents data in EMR while maintaining employee confidentiality in all aspects of communication and documentation. Maintain known of current compliance and regulatory requirements pertinent to occupational health in a healthcare setting. Develop and deliver education to employees on health and safety topics as needed Create and deliver educational presentation such as New Employee Orientation, etc. Bachelor’s degree from accredited college/university; MPA, MA preferred. Current Maryland License Registered Nurse (RN) or compact state. Maintenance of current BCLS Certification for Healthcare Providers. At least two years relevant project management and QI experience; 3 years supervisory experience required This position requires proficient knowledge of Joint Commission Standards, Infection Control, Plan of Care, and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) program expectation requirements. Knowledge of principles related to Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), Meaningful Use, and Joint Commission standards. Knowledge of principles related to Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), Meaningful Use (MU) and QI (e.g., Care Model, Model for Improvement, Breakthrough Model) required. Electronic health record (EHR) experience required. Understanding of health care reimbursement system, evidence medicine, and quality improvement principles are a plus, Must be available evening hours and some weekends for health fairs, community based organization meetings and outreach activities. Experience as an Occupational Health Nurse preferred Complies with Infection Control, Standard Precautions, and OSHA standards for healthcare professionals. Experience as an Infection Control Nurse preferred
  • Bethesda, Maryland, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases National Institutes of Health U.S. Division of Health and Hunan Services   The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)—one of the largest institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—is seeking exceptional and motivated candidates to join the Office of Regulatory Affairs in the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation (DAIT). DAIT supports basic and clinical research to improve our understanding of fundamental immunology and the causes of diseases (such as food allergy, atopic dermatitis, asthma, and chronic rhinosinusitis) to ultimately develop better diagnostic, treatment, and prevention strategies.   The incumbent will maintain regulatory and quality assurance surveillance over all clinical trials and protocols supported by DAIT to ensure that trials are conducted in accordance with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations; establish and monitor quality assurance standards and standard operating procedures regarding regulatory matters; review safety reports for DAIT-sponsored trials; act as a liaison for regulatory issues with the FDA, international regulatory authorities, and pharmaceutical companies; and coordinate and communicate with other domestic and international government agencies along with other DAIT components to ensure accurate and timely exchange of information on regulatory issues.   Qualifications Candidates must be U.S. citizens and demonstrate that they have worked independently in planning, organizing, and conducting biomedical behavioral health or health-related research and served effectively in research program administration in these fields.   Experience in pharmaceutical drug development and the preparation of submissions to U.S. and/or international health authorities is preferred.   To Apply Visit USAJobs.gov and access the health scientist administrator vacancy announcements NIH-GR-DE-20-10900671 (U.S. citizens) and/or NIH-GR-MP-20-10903705 (status candidates) from September 21 – September 30, 2020 .   For more information about health science administrator positions and qualification requirements, visit Global Recruitment: Recruiting for all of NIH .   Visit NIAID Careers for more information about working in NIAID’s dynamic atmosphere!   HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.     A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.