Advocacy Specialist

Organization/Company Name: 
Oregon Medical Association
Position Description: 


The Advocacy Specialist communicates and interacts with multiple public and private payers and regulatory agencies including CMS and the Oregon Health Authority. This visible position serves as a resource for OMA members through engagement and support and by providing reimbursement and payment advocacy to the membership as part of the Knowledge Center team.

The Advocacy Specialist will monitor trends in health care economics, keep abreast of and report on rules and regulations impacting medical practice, and develop expertise in specific policy areas. This includes representing OMA in various forums, preparing written communication for internal and external audiences and participating in the development of education for members and their staff. 




Responsible for OMA’s payment advocacy and coding helpline, part of OMA’s Knowledge Center.  Facilitates communications between physician practices and health insurers and regulatory agencies

Maintains and develops relationships between the OMA and health plans, regulatory agencies and other stakeholders

Serves as a technical resource for practices regarding issues with commercial health plans; Medicare, Medicaid, and other public payers; HIPAA; the Quality Payment Program; reimbursement; practice management; as well as regulatory and compliance concerns

Assists in the development of internal and external communications as needed for OMA publications, products or services

Monitors, analyzes and reports on changes, trends, and rules and regulations that impact medical practice

Reviews legislation, rules and regulations on payer, payment or related issues

Performs policy research

Interfaces with the education team on recommendations for the development of practice management and CME programming related to specific policy areas

Represents the OMA at various coalitions, meetings and work groups

Provides support on projects related to regulatory implementation and compliance

Plans or implements special projects as assigned, including surveys and grants

Serves as support staff for OMA member committees and task forces as assigned


Position Function: 
Position Type: 
Full Time
$45,000 to $48,000
Required Qualifications and Experience: 


Bachelor’s degree required

At least two years’ experience in a professional organization or non-profit

Strong interest in advocacy

Knowledge of third-party payers (Medicare, Medicaid and commercial), health care coding, billing, reimbursement, and compliance regulations that impact a medical practice is preferred

Experience with policy related to medical practice is preferred

Experience in policy research involving advocacy, regulations or rules

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Must have the ability to provide an exceptional level of customer service and the aptitude to maintain ongoing member relations

Must be a flexible, highly-motivated team player who is able to work independently

Experience managing projects, with exemplary organizational skills, attention to detail and discretion with confidential information desired

Experience in grant writing a plus

Intermediate to advanced level knowledge of Microsoft Office products including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. Knowledge of electronic survey software, such as Zoomerang or Survey Monkey, a plus



Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reaching with hands and arms. Vision capabilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.



To apply for a position, please send a cover letter and resume in PDF format. Please note, a cover letter is required for highest consideration of your application.

11740 SW 68th Parkway, #100
Portland, OR 97223
Where Will Work Be Performed?: 
Same as the Employer Address
Application Email: 
Application Address: 
Kris Bilderback
Oregon Medical Association
11740 SW 68th Parkway, #100
Portland, OR 97223