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Practice Lead- NeuroSurgery (Woodlands)
Job Ref # 16851
Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group

Houston, TX 77030

Category: Leadership Management

Job Type: Full-Time

Posted Date: Oct. 13, 2021

At Houston Methodist, the Practice Lead position is responsible for coordinating the daily functions and operations of the department/practice to include first-level escalation and direction of assigned support employees in the department/practice. In partnership with management, this position will ensure the department/practice is followed according to established standard operating procedures which includes ensuring all members of the team are providing unparalleled patient care and customer service in a timely, professional and safe manner. This position designs and monitors the workflow of the office/department to create the best environment for patients, providers, staff and management. In addition to performing the duties of the other office staff/representatives as needed, the Practice Lead position will provide necessary and ongoing training to staff to encourage productivity and support providers in delivering excellent patient care.


Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

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  1. Coordinates the daily department/practice operations, partnering with management, for providers and associated extenders, including patient appointments and/or surgical scheduling, and physician scheduling as needed. Ensures staff communicate professionally and effectively with all patients and visitors to ensure they are greeted and/or assisted in a timely manner. (EF)
  2. Maintains office efficiency by planning and implementing changes within the office setting, including, but not limited to, organizing daily schedules and work activities and providing coverage to meet patient's needs. (EF)
  3. Role models' healthy work relationships such as mitigation of conflict, leading problem-solving and resolution efforts. Serves as preceptor, mentor, and resource to less experienced staff. Recommends initiatives to improve department scores for employee engagement. (EF)

  1. Coordinates all department/practice activities such as day-to-day operations, daily work flow, staffing, on-site provider support, as well as facilitating provider meetings with representatives, as appropriate. (EF)
  2. Investigates, as directed by management, to resolve and document resolution of patient complaints concerning provider care. Ensures that requests are handled in a swift manner to avoid interruption of services (such as patient flow or department/external communication). Keeps management informed of outcome. (EF)
  3. Assists with arranging interpretations in all languages for healthcare providers and patients as needed. Initiates improvement of department/practice scores for patient satisfaction. (EF)

  1. Under the direction of the management, assists with designing and implementing office policies by establishing standards and procedures, measuring results against metrics and making necessary adjustments. (EF)
  2. Reports near misses and collaborates with the interprofessional health care team to improve patient safety, including, but not limited to reporting Patient Safety Net (PSN), assisting employees, as needed, to file Worker's Compensation Reports, incident reports and department safety plans regarding injections, disposing of needles, disinfecting compromised areas, etc. (EF)
  3. Identifies and assesses issues and opportunities for improvement and implements changes following managerial review. Follows up on action items to ensure completion of assignments. Contributes towards improving department/practice quality and safety scores. (EF)

  1. Under the guidance of management, uses sound judgement and fiscal responsibility for the department/practice, including timely purchasing of supplies, inventory control and monthly account management. Attains financial objectives by maintaining an annual budget, scheduling expenditures, analyzing variances and initiating corrective changes as obligatory. (EF)
  2. In collaboration with the management, monitors the revenue cycle for reimbursement, adjustment and denial trends. (EF)
  3. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks, minimizing team incidental overtime. Utilizes time efficiently and helps other team members. (EF)

  1. Partners with management in strategic planning for the department/practice regarding operation and growth issues. (EF)
  2. Identifies training opportunities for the staff and discusses improvement plans with the Operations/Practice management. (EF)
  3. Completes and updates the My Development Plan on an on-going basis. Ensures own career discussions occur with appropriate management. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



  • High School diploma or equivalent education (examples include: GED, verification of homeschool equivalency, partial or full completion of post-secondary education, etc.)
  • Associates degree preferred

  • Five years of health care or clerical support experience, preferably in a provider practice


  • None


  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
  • Conducts self in a professional manner at all times
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Demonstrates a learning attitude toward solving problems, using good reasoning and judgment in a high stress environment
  • Well-developed skills using independent judgment
  • Demonstrates a positive demeanor, good verbal and written communication skills, and strong multi-tasking abilities
  • Ability to work with peers in a team situation
  • Very strong organization skills and detail-oriented nature
  • Ability to manage resources and coordinate across areas and cross-functionally
  • Professional handling of exposure to confidential/sensitive information
  • Proficient in computer skills for documentation
  • Electronic Medical Record system proficient


Work AttireYes/No
Uniform No
Business professionalYes
Other (dept approved) No

On-Call* No (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)
*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above. 
May require travel within Yes 
Houston Metropolitan area 

May require travel outside No
of Houston Metropolitan area 

**Travel specifications may vary by department.

Please note any other special considerations to this job: __________________________

Company Profile:

Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group is comprised of more than 500 doctors committed to delivering personalized, patient-focused care to the Houston community and beyond. Our priority is to make sure every patient is heard and supported throughout his or her experience with us. Patients who choose the specialty physician group also benefit from our coordinated-care approach, which places a wealth of highly qualified specialists and resources at their service, all committed to the high standard of care patients have come to expect from Houston Methodist.

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