Physician - Psychiatrist (Associate Chief of Staff Behavioral Health Service)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Internal Number: 625993800
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. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. 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: Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required. This is a designated drug testing position. After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use. Requires lifting 15-44 pounds; pushing (approx. 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers and both hands; walking and standing from 3-5 hours and kneeling. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Must have depth perception and ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors. Hearing aid is permitted. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Not Authorized\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Position Eligible\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Susan. Bringel@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer 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)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory\nCME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting The incumbent serves as the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) of the Behavioral Health Service (BHS) for the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS). This position reports directly to the Chief of Staff (COS). The incumbent is responsible for setting overall goals for the Behavioral Health Service that comply and support Veterans Administration (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) and VASNHS strategic goals and objectives. The incumbent exercises exceptional latitude in the planning, design, implementation, accomplishment, ongoing evaluation and measurement of program responsibilities and is responsible for clinical oversight and administrative management of the BHS. The ACOS/BH also serves as VASNHS SAIL and performance measure champion for all Behavioral Health performance and quality related metrics. Functions: The incumbent is ultimately responsible for overall BHS clinical and administrative operations currently structured around a program management model and with a clinical emphasis on the Recovery Model. This responsibility includes system operations of inpatient acute care, emergency/crisis care, outpatient clinics, community-based programs, patient/customer satisfaction, Behavioral Health Services in psychiatry, psychology, nursing, social work, and successful attainment of VASNHS, VISN and VHA performance measures, and efficient and effective service delivery and resource management. Clinical (20%): Provides direct patient psychiatric care in Behavioral Health. Maintains competency in all aspects of psychiatric care. Uses appropriate documentation to record patients' medical history and all aspects of the patients' Behavioral Health treatment. Administrative (80%): Supervises the Behavioral Health Leadership Team. Directs and participates in quality improvement measures, systems redesign projects, and ensures compliance with policies, directives and Executive Leadership goals. Ensures appropriate Behavioral Health representation on hospital committees. Communicates clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing, to communicate change and expectations. Develops strategies that achieve organizational goals, taking into account the organization's resources. Monitors Behavioral Health provider documentation, implementing corrective action when necessary.\nEvaluates provider competency. Works collaboratively with quality management and other appropriate facility departments to establish, implement, and maintain quality assurance. Conducts regularly scheduled departmental meetings, determining the final agenda and invitees to ensure ongoing education and communication.\nIncumbent is responsible for developing strategic plans, policies, procedures, and organizational structures required to fulfill the service line's mission. The incumbent has final decision-making authority, responsibility and accountability on all issues affecting the BHS. The incumbent collaborates with clinical and administrative operations and program/section managers to ensure integrated goals and priorities for the BHS are established and met. The incumbent also works closely with peers in other services and management to meet the needs of the System's recognized internal and external customer groups. He/she is responsible to ensure all residency, intern, and fellowship training program mandates are met in coordination with discipline service chiefs and program coordinators, internally and externally. The incumbent is knowledgeable of overall VA, VHA, VISN, and VASNHS goals, missions, and priorities to assure a positive impact on programs and resources. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, Varied Hourly Schedule"]
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.