This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more. To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences. Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: Preferred 2 years of Primary care experience Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: Physical demands include repetitive body movements including the following: frequent reaching, standing, walking, and lifting of equipment and/or patients to provide patient care. This position requires extension of the hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction including above or below shoulder level, during the provision of patient care, including retrieval of needed equipment, supplies and to make contact with the patient. This position requires the maintenance of an upright position to perform duties associated with patient care. This position is typically non-sedentary, and frequently involves being in the standing position. This position requires moving about accomplish tasks, such as assisting with patient ambulation and moving one patient area to the next. This position requires the raising of objects from a lower position to a higher position or the movement of objects horizontally position to position. Lifting may be done to move a patient from one location to the next, i.e.- from the exam table to the chair, and in the movement of equipment or supplies. Note: Must have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification prior to assuming clinical duties. The BLS requirement is satisfied by successfully completing an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Healthcare Provider Course or Military Training Network (MTN). BLS courses are normally offered within 1-5 days of entry on duty. No online certifications will be accepted ["Primary Care Physician Duties & Responsibilities\nFunctions as a Physician for the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT), Ambulatory Care Services, at the H. J. Heinz III and University Drive VA Campus, Pittsburgh VA Health Care System. May perform additional duties (temporary or permanent) as a float provider (face-to-face or via telehealth) as those duties are assigned. Responsible for providing medical care in an outpatient setting following PACT principles. Will routinely provide medical care using Face-to-Face (F2F), VVC, and/or Telephone appointments. Assures Veterans receive compassionate, efficient and safe patient care in their respective care line. Assures clinical care provided meets all timelines and required documentation as required by VA. Providers must review alerts daily and have no more than 200 alerts at any given time. They must encounter their notes within 72 hours. Encounter errors must be completed within 7 days. Participates in multi-disciplinary team meetings to achieve a patient centered, holistic approach for clinical care and needs of the Veteran. This includes daily and weekly huddles with your PACT. Attend either by Microsoft TEAMS or in person all Primary Care statewide meetings and whenever possible, participates in the clinical and teaching activities at MTVAHCS Ambulatory Care statewide meetings. Comply with all directives and policies related to space management to achieve optimal resource utilization (space, professional and administrative) to maximize clinic utilization within the PACT model. Improves quality of care by achieving: Excellence in meeting national and VISN 4 patient safety goals. Participates in PACT huddles and manage your PACT patients with diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and mental health disorders (HEDIS) with the goal to reduce your PACT metrics and obtain excellence of HEDIS metrics, Excellence in ORYX (Joint Commission) measures. Patient Care: Medical Knowledge (evidence-based medicine), Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Systems-Based Practice.\nProfessionalism: Practice the principles of the Pittsburg VA HCS's Civility in the Workplace policy. Promote civility, through your actions, among employees and the Veterans we serve and actively participate in an environment where people from all walks of life embrace and practice respect, courtesy and consideration. Through your actions, maintain a workplace that is effective and productive. Support civil interactions with peers, colleagues & staff that create the best possible environment for providing excellent care to Veterans. Practice courteous and positive communication without belittling, being rude, and showing hostile behavior. Complaints from staffing or clinic personal about provider professionalism will be taken seriously and steps to ensure workplace safety will be taken. Thorough knowledge of clinical and administrative procedures as they apply to inpatient and outpatient care. Knowledge of the internal organization and content of patient's medical records and the computerized patient record system (CPRS) in order to search records and extract data relevant to completeness, accuracy, and consistence with medical center requirement. Knowledge of coding and documentation requirements to maximize reimbursement. Thorough knowledge of the various forms necessary to initiate any service, test or procedure for a patient. Thorough knowledge and ability to use CPRS to document medical care, etc. Skill in handling crisis situations, effectively calming involved parties and resolving conflicts. Ability to promote good public relations with patient care and associated services for patients. Being able to provide service recovery with patient conflicts and relations with the PACT Team. Thorough working knowledge of computer terminal operation and a thorough understanding of the Vista software utilized in support of patient care and associated services for patients. Ability to learn and teach others to effectively utilize new software programs as they relate to patient care. Thorough knowledge and understanding of VA and medical center regulations, policies and procedures pertaining to eligibility, treatment, medical records and the privacy act (HIPAA). Knowledge of clinical practices and medical care terminology, in order to communicate effectively with staff and patients, and to understand the objectives, organization and procedures of a large clinical service. Knowledge of the Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) patient classification system, Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for identification for inpatient procedures. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.