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NAS Surveillance Specialist

  • 514156
  • Full-time


COME WORK WITH US! The Arizona Department of Health Services promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults. Our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona. We strive to set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy, and leadership. ADHS promotes alternative work schedules, flexible hours. We have positions that can fit any stage in your career, from entry to senior level. We offer a robust benefit package, including the ADHS Student Loan Assistance Program, where eligible employees can receive up to $437.50 per month for their outstanding student loans. Come check us out and see how you can make a difference in the lives of all Arizonans.

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Surveillance Specialist


Job Location:

Address:  150 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $50,000-$56,100.30 

Grade: 20


Job Summary:

A Career in Public Service Awaits You, Come Join our Planning and Operations Team!

Your Talent, Our Mission: To promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona.

Why work for ADHS? A great benefit of working for the State of Arizona is a fantastic work/life balance. State employees enjoy challenging work, popular remote work options, comprehensive health and wellness benefits, and career growth opportunities.

We are looking for someone who is familiar with MEDSIS or other databases, has experience in reviewing medical charts and interpretation, has the ability to conduct data quality reviews and also has some experience with writing and submitting grant reports.

What You'll Do:

You will lead the statewide effort for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) surveillance. Under the oversight of the Surveillance and Program Managers, you will lead surveillance activities by reviewing reported cases, completing medical chart reviews for missing or incomplete cases, and classifying cases according to ADHS and CSTE definitions, as applicable.

As the NAS Surveillance Specialist, you'll be responsible for medical chart review and abstraction for the Arizona Birth Defects Monitoring Program (ABDMP), specifically focusing on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and substance-exposed newborns (SEN).

You will support birth defects surveillance, and will also perform birth defects case abstraction as needed.

You may be required to perform work at/attend meetings at alternate locations and/or travel when necessary.

Job Duties:

- Review medical charts, and determination of applicable diagnoses through medical chart analysis and interpretation, abstraction of details, complete NAS and Birth Defects cases in MEDSIS or other databases.
- Actively participate in NAS workgroups and grantee meetings, and appropriately represent ABDMP at NAS related meetings, as requested. Assist with chart access requests, travel to facilities, and conduct data quality reviews.
- Assist in writing and submitting grant reports and updates, meeting grant deliverables, and facilitating program activities in relation to NAS funding.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Standard medical records, medical terminology, and medical coding; 

- Knowledge of maternal/child health issues 

- Substance exposure and/or substance use/ abuse;
- Neonatal abstinence syndrome and/or perinatal substance use;
- Basic anatomy and physiology;
- Pathophysiology, dysmorphology, and/or a basic understanding of birth defects.
- Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Lean methodologies.

Skill in:
- Medical chart review;
- Medical chart interpretation;
- Medical record navigation/understanding;
- Written and verbal communication;

Ability to:
- Process medical chart details and apply to specific case classifications;
- Interpret abstract information and process into specific case details;
- Ability to use complex thinking in determining applicable diagnoses through medical chart analysis and interpretation;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination.

Selective Preference(s):
A bachelor's degree, with at least one year of work experience in a medical or related field; or
an associate's degree or vocational degree/certificate, with 3 years of related experience; or
five years of work experience in a related field may be considered in lieu of a degree. 
Pre-Employment Requirements:

Employees who drive on state business require possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records, and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11).


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
− Affordable medical and dental insurance plans
− Paid vacation and sick time
− 10 paid holidays per year
− Wellness program and plans: Health Impact Program (HIP) where you can earn up to $200 annually by participating in our award-winning program of free preventative health screenings (mini-health, mammography, prostate), immunizations, lifestyle/mindfulness classes and physical activities) and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Counseling sessions - 12 free per year per issue for each employee and each covered dependent. Available 24/7 for support, resources and information on work/life solutions, dependent/elder care, college planning, wills, legal guidance, financial resources, funeral planning and more)
− Life insurance
− Short/long-term disability insurance
− Defined retirement plan
− Award winning Infant at Work program
− Credit union membership
− Transit subsidy
− ADHS Student Assistance Pilot Program

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


To help you build a financially secure future, the State makes monthly contributions to finance your retirement benefit. The State will contribute to the ASRS in an amount equal to your contribution. In other words, you and the State will each pay 50% of the total cost of the benefit. New State employees have a 27-week wait period for contributions to begin.

Contact Us:

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by calling (602) 542-1085. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. DHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.