UnityPoint Health

Executive Director Accountable Care Organization

Requisition ID
Leadership - Non-Nursing
US-IA-West Des Moines
1776 West Lakes Pkwy
West Des Moines
Finance & Network Dev
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Business Hours
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Full Time Benefits


Provide organizational oversight of ACO’s short and long-term operational objectives.  Position supports organization’s transformation to value-based care, working with ACO’s Chief Operating Officer and other executive colleagues in partnership with the regional leadership teams to drive performance in value-based agreements and payment transformation. Engage as a key relationship liaison with payors, employers and network partners to ensure progress towards goals.    


COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Requirement: It is required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and Influenza. Exemption requests based on medical or religious reasons may be submitted, but must be approved for active employment. 


Why UnityPoint Health? 

  • Commitment to our Team – We’ve been named a Top 150 Place to Work in Healthcare 2022 by Becker’s Healthcare for our commitment to our team members. 
  • Culture – At UnityPoint Health, you matter. Come for a fulfilling career and experience a culture guided by uncompromising values and unwavering belief in doing what's right for the people we serve. 
  • Benefits – Our competitive Total Rewards program offers benefits options that align with your needs and priorities, no matter what life stage you’re in. 
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment – We’re committed to ensuring you have a voice that is heard regardless of role, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. 
  • Development – We believe equipping you with support and development opportunities is an essential part of delivering a remarkable employment experience. 
  • Community Involvement – Be an essential part of our core purpose—to improve the health of the people and communities we serve. 


Visit us at UnityPoint.org/careers to hear more from our team members about why UnityPoint Health is a great place to work. https://dayinthelife.unitypoint.org/ 


Governance Support

  • Ensure support for UnityPoint Accountable Care Board of Managers execution of fiduciary duties and governance councils and committees around ACO strategy and operations.
  • Enable performance monitoring against financial and operational key performance objectives and metrics.
  • Maintain in-depth expertise of health care industry’s evolution to support governance and colleagues in decision making.

Oversight of Value Based Performance Objectives

  • Ensure infrastructure for monitoring key quality and financial performance indicators that will drive improvement in value-based agreements. Coordinate with payor and analytic resources to develop reporting, payment processes and risk mitigation that drives action in alignment with organizational priorities.
  • Continuously identify and prioritize key drivers for improvement and partner with/support regions in developing operational action plans and focused interventions to close performance gaps.
  • Guide development of effective financing (funding/sharing) mechanisms and provider incentives that drive care transformation in value-based care models.
  • Develop, in conjunction with Medical Directors, plans to engage UnityPoint Accountable Care participants in quality, service, and utilization initiatives.
  • Evaluate new care models as health care policy changes.
  • Identify contractual issues, in collaboration with payor contracting and legal resources, that impact performance.
  • Collaborate with key leaders to ensure regulatory and contractual compliance.
  • Provide leadership in the development and execution of key performance indicators and strategies which differentiates UAC from its competitors.

ACO Operations

  • Provide day to day leadership and operational management for UnityPoint Accountable Care.
  • Accountable for budget and determining ways to improve operational efficiency, reduce avoidable costs and improve overall company performance.
  • Responsible for overall new program, tools and technology evaluation, implementation, and ongoing oversight.
  • Key individual to interact with Analytic functions and ensure industry leading data supply chain.
  • Accountable for production of payment processing systems, claims processing, network fee schedule development and implementation.
  • Responsible for value-based contract messengering and working with Payor Innovation leadership.
  • Establish and maintain key relationships including:
    • ACO Board of Managers and governance councils, committees
    • UnityPoint ACO leaders and staff
    • Payor and Employer key leadership and teams
    • Region and Affiliate leadership
    • UnityPoint Clinic and UnityPoint at Home leadership



  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • MBA, MHA, or MPA preferred


  • 10 years healthcare-related experience with extensive knowledge of the healthcare environment and marketplace


  • Highly developed communication skills to effectively work with all levels of management throughout UnityPoint Health, its subsidiaries and affiliates
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Extensive experience building and leading teams through change initiatives in complex environments
  • Demonstrated experience executing short and long-term plans with accountability for quality and financial performance
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in Managed Care 



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