The Assistant Chief of Primary Care works collaboratively with the Staff Physician(s) and consulting Physician(s) in planning, instituting, evaluating and revising program plans; assists in determining conditions, resources and policies essential to delivery of the health care services. Discriminates between normal and abnormal findings to recognize early stages of serious physical, emotional, or mental problems. SCOPE OF ASSIGNED DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Assistant Chief of Primary Care encompasses a broad range of activities based on Veteran and Employee needs. Duties for this position include, but are not limited to: Manages and coordinates the planning and implementation of Primary Care. Develops or directs the development of performance standards, evaluates the performance of Physicians, and reviews the evaluations made by subordinate supervisors or other employees. Oversees budget development and execution for Primary Care. Exercises administrative, programmatic, clinical, and academic oversight of Primary Care Service and programs to ensure delivery of quality services. Assists Chief f Primary Care as spokesperson and advocate for Primary Care Services and programs within the VA Medical Center. Coordinates and integrates clinical and administrative aspects of the programs into a comprehensive package of services to meet the needs of the Veteran population. Directs patient care needs assessments; identifies gaps in services and supports program development to meet those needs. Ensures compliance with all Joint Commission and other regulatory body functions and standards that are applicable to Primary Care Service. Continuously reviews the professional performance of all individuals with clinical privileges. Assists with completion of all clinical, educational, and administrative duties and requirements. Supports continuous process improvement within the Primary Care Service Line Monitors and ensures Primary Care Services are compliant with agency regulations, medical staff bylaws, facility policies, Joint Commission (JC) standards, and other regulations. Assists in coordination of program development to strengthen Primary Care Services, clinical programs and operational issues Assures individuals with clinical privileges competently provide service within the scope of privileges granted. Develops and implements policies and procedures; maintains oversight of administrative and programmatic resources; and monitors outcomes using data-driven quality assurance processes. Clinical Duties: The incumbent is expected to remain privileged and practicing in their specialty field. The exact privileges and procedures for a Provider will be approved by the Professional Standards Board (PSB). All Physicians must meet the following qualifications: Patient Care: He/she is expected to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, treatment of disease, and care at the end of life. Medical/Clinical Knowledge: Functions as an expert consultant in health promotion and disease prevention and uses advanced clinical knowledge/judgment to plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate programs to promote healthy behaviors among employees. When coordinating employee health education programs, takes into consideration the age and developmental needs of employees. Clinical Judgment: He/she must ensure practice-based learning and improvement, practitioners are expected to be able to use scientific evidence and methods to investigate, evaluate, and improve patient care. Interpersonal and Communication Skills: He/she is expected to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that enable them to establish and maintain professional relationships with patients, families, and other members of the health care team. Professionalism: He/she is expected to demonstrate behaviors that reflect a commitment to continuous professional development, ethical practice, and understanding and sensitivity to diversity, and a responsible attitude toward their patients, their profession. Systems-Based Practice: He/she is expected to demonstrate both an understanding of the contexts and systems in which health care is provided, and the ability to apply this knowledge to improve optimizing health care. Education He/she is expected to show effectiveness in teaching, monitor and coordinate educational activities, and comply with necessary trainee supervision requirements. Research and Development If the incumbent is involved in research, they will show an ability to identify and define significant Research and Development problems, to plan and execute a precise research program, and to generate effective reports and results worthy of publication. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, between the hours of 6:30am to 5:30pm EST Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.
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