This position is Not eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. 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: Strong verbal and written communication skills, must be computer proficient, at least 3-5 years post-residency, including treatment of patients. Previous experience with utilization review/chart review. 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: Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds), light lifting (under 15 pounds), moderate carrying (15-44 pounds), light carrying (under 15 pounds), pushing 4 hours, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking 2 hours, standing 8 hours, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, hearing (aid permitted), mental and emotional stability. ["Charlie Norwood VA medical Center Is looking to hire a PUMA Physician for hospitalist section. This position will be responsible for monitoring and advancing utilization management standards for inpatient care. The Ideal candidate will be hands on, who should have knowledge in VHA database, fully understands performance metrics and is PUMA certified. The candidate will proactively work with hospitalist and other staff in developing initiatives for hospitalist to measure performance effectiveness. The preferred candidate needs to be proficient in VAs CPRS electronic medical records. The Physician Advisor performs case reviews of all case types in a knowledgeable and conscientious manner to achieve the highest degree of compliance. The Physician Advisor works closely with hospitalists, including resident physician house staff, to recommend methods to optimize use of hospital services for all patients while also ensuring the quality of care. This includes identifying opportunities to optimize length of hospital stay and efficient management of resources, ensuring patients are in the appropriate level of care, supporting documentation, coding improvements and compliance, and monitoring the appropriate use of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. This is a 75% PUMA and 25% clinical position PUMA Responsibilities: Addresses the following issues: compliance, level of care, length of stay, and hospital reimbursement for our hospital clients. Review and respond in a timely manner. Participates in clinical discussions in defense of status telephonically with payor. Physicians should be highly capable of working independently with a high level of performance. Actively engage with hospitalists to discuss appropriate status as supported by documentation. Make phone contact with utilization review team and/or case managers Provide written analysis of the case and perform case reviews for hospitalist group Review inpatient cases that need additional guidance and conduct need -based reviews & modifications for patient care coordination. Reports directly to the Chief of Hospital medicine Maintains confidentiality of patient care and business matters Demonstrates behavior that supports the organization's mission. Participates in required orientation and training related to the Physician Advisor role. Demonstrates commitment to meeting/exceeding strategic initiatives of organization. Compile and analyze data; generate reports for management review and use in operational decision making Clinical duties will involve Rounding on patients and providing excellent patient care. Creating and recommending treatment plans. Taking part in hospital meetings and help provide clinical coverage as needed Updating patient information and charts with the latest findings and treatments. Ordering tests for health care staff to administer. Reviewing and interpreting test results. Responding to questions and concerns from patients about their health care and well-being. Discussing proper nutrition, hygiene, and self-care with patients to promote good health. Working with various medical staff, such as anesthesiologists, surgeons, and nurses, to provide patient care. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment /Relocation Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Not Authorized Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Not Authorized Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification) Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Work Schedule: Various Tours available"]
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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.