Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Advanced Medical Support Assistant in Northport, New York
Advanced Medical Support Assistant
Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Northport VA Medical Center
- ##### Open & closing dates
07/31/2019 to 08/20/2019
- ##### Service
- ##### Pay scale & grade
- ##### Salary
$43,532 to $56,597 per year
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- ##### Work schedule
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
The Advanced Medical Support Assistant works collaboratively in an interdisciplinary coordinated care delivery model within the Surgical Service of the Medical Center. S/he serves in an administrative support capacity in the Office of the Chief, Ambulatory Surgery, Pre-Admission Testing and Urology Sections and assists both the veteran and the professional staff in coordinating scheduled procedures and follow-up appointments.
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The duties of this position include but are not limited to:
- Utilizes CPRS and VISTA to retrieve medical information for clinicians to determine patient's readiness for procedures.
- Assists in orienting/training new MSAs and advising staff, house staff and surgical clinical personnel concerning VA regulations, policies and procedures on administrative matters.
- Sets priorities, accomplishing work assignments, coordinating duties and referring only unusual situations to their supervisor.
- Prepares charts and -sends patients for all lab work and reviews the medical record to determine whether all needed tests have been completed prior to referring the Clinical staff.
- Receives consults and promptly schedules appointments after the physician's review. Arranges ordered evaluations and treatment with other supporting disciplines within the medical center, scheduling these at the directions of clinical staff, for timely completion and prevention of scheduling conflicts.
- Utilizes and maintains computer devices to perform most processing and scheduling functions.
- Performs duties related to the receipt, intake, scanning and transfer of documents through PC scanning equipment to integrate information into patient record via CPRS.
- Receives and records accurate telephone messages pertaining to lab, x-ray or other test results and brings them to clinician staff's immediate attention. Promptly advises staff of any Pre-Admission Testing or OR cancellations.
- Coordinates care with all services within the medical center as well as other VA facilities, Veterans Home, outside Home Health Care Agencies and nursing homes in the community.
- Constantly alert to medical content of consults and surgery dates so that appropriate action is taken concerning urgency of appointments and follows through with coordinating necessary actions and notifications, calling patients when needed.
- Reviews each referral for follow-up, taking into consideration, geographic location of veteran's primary residence coordinating appointment scheduling according to distance to be traveled.
- Exercises independent judgment, fosters and maintains good public relations that require. tact, diplomacy and empathy for the veteran.
- Ensures proper telephone etiquette when answering phone calls and insures prompt disposition of these calls
The ideal candidate demonstrates the ability to fill in for every MSA currently in the service and be highly skilled at multi-tasking.
NOTE: His/her assignment may change (within scope) daily to see where they are needed most on any particular day.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Functional Statement Title: Advanced Medical Support Assistant, GS-679-6, Surgical Service.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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0679 Medical Support Assistance
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/20/2019.
Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.
Experience and Education: Experience. Six months experience of clerical, office or other work that indicates the ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position; or Education. One year above high school; or Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable.
GS-6 Advanced MSA: Experience (1) full year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-5) that is directly related to the duties of an Advanced Medical Support Assistant and that equips you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. Experience includes: scheduling/canceling, rescheduling patient appointments and/or consults; entering no-show information; monitoring the electronic wait list; preparing clinic visits; monitoring both inpatient and outpatient appointments for areas of responsibility; ensuring encounter forms are completed to obtain appropriate workload credit; verifying and updating demographics and insurance information, etc. In addition, applicants must demonstrate the advanced knowledge of the technical health care process as it relates to access to care; advanced knowledge of managing a clinic; advanced knowledge of policies and procedures associated with operational activities that affect patient flow, patient care, and the revenue process; and advanced knowledge of medical terminology. NOTE: To receive credit for specialized experience, your resume must document such experience. Indicate all full time and part time work experience. If you worked part time, please indicate number of hours worked per week.
Assignment. The Advanced MSA works collaboratively in an interdisciplinary coordinated care delivery model (i.e., patient aligned care team, or other specialty care setting where the patient aligned care team model is used such as oncology, HIV, SCI, Military Sexual Trauma, etc.). The Advanced MSA coordinates with the patient care team to review the clinic utilization by using various reports (e.g., Clinic Utilization Statistical Summary), ensure that the clinic setup is closely monitored to effectively support the needs of the clinic, and make any necessary adjustments. They develop/maintain effective and efficient communication with the patient, interdisciplinary team, VA medical centers, and other agencies (e.g., assist with communications during the inpatient to outpatient discharge; communicate with non-VA medical facilities; facilitate/process secure messaging with the patient and team; notify patients of normal lab results; develop and manage a tracking system for follow up care such as consults, tests, etc.). Other assignments at this level include, but are not limited to: participating in team huddles and team meetings to manage and plan patient care; setting priorities and deadlines, adjusting the flow and sequencing of the work to meet team and patient needs; may work with the team to reinforce the plan of care and self-help solutions and entering appropriate information into the electronic record; monitoring pre-appointment requirements to assure readiness for patient visit/procedure (e.g., X-ray, lab work); managing electronic wait list to verify and validate accuracy and resolve issues; participating and providing input in problem solving on operational issues or procedures in team meetings, performing administrative follow up actions; participating in and independently following up on team huddles by sharing information and collaborating with the medical team to assure continuity of care; evaluating patient information and clinic schedule lists to determine whether patient is vested; educating providers about shared patients (those who receive their care at multiple VAs or those who have care in the community) and bringing to the attention of the provider. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must demonstrate the KSAs below: 1. Ability to collaborate, communicate, set priorities, and organize the work in order to meet deadlines, ensuring compliance with established processes, policies, and regulations. 2. Ability to communicate tactfully and effectively, both orally and in writing, in order to meet program objectives. This may include preparing reports in various formats and presenting data to various organizational levels. 3. Advanced knowledge of the technical health care process as it relates to access to care. 4. Advanced knowledge of managing a clinic. This includes independently utilizing reference sources, decision making, and empowering the team to collaborate and resolve problems within a complex systems environment. 5. Advanced knowledge of policies and procedures associated with operational activities that affect the patient flow, patient care, and the revenue process. 6. Advanced knowledge of medical terminology due to the technical nature of language utilized by clinicians.
References: VA Handbook 5005/53, Part II, Appendix G45.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6.
Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary. Physical demands do not exceed those of a typical office setting. There may be some walking, standing, twisting, turning, sitting, pushing, bending, repetitive keyboarding, or carrying of light items. Some positions may require sitting for long periods of time at a computer terminal typing data while talking on a telephone headset.
The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts, which require normal safety precautions. The work requires safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and fails and observance of fire regulations. The work area is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. The employee works in a close proximity to patients, and is therefore, exposed to communicable diseases. Some exposure to verbal abuse may be experienced in certain positions.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
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- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 08/20/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10533470.
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Agency contact information
631 261-4400 X7048
Northport VA Medical Center 79 Middleville Road Building 200 Northport, NY 11768 US
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