The Carl Vinson VA Medical Center located in Dublin, GA is seeking a BE/BC Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician to serve as Chief of Primary Care.
The position will provide leadership and direction for the primary care providers, clinical leaders and administrative support staff located at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center (CVVAMC) and its six (6) Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs).
The Chief of Primary Care must possess a clinical knowledge that provides the ability to manage a primary care program, specifically with regard to standard of care, clinical guidelines, customer satisfaction, quality of services provided, access for services, coordination of care, patient-centered medical home concepts, and efficiency of service delivery.
The following is a summary of the major essential function of this job. The duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Program Administration (90%): The ACOS for Primary Care, in conjunction with the Chief of Staff, is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, implementing, controlling, and refining a comprehensive patient management/clinical support/administrative program which provides services and technical counsel necessary to meet clinical, procedural, legal and administrative requirements relating to the care and treatment of outpatients to achieve maximum utilization of patient care resources in a cost-effective, efficient, and timely manner.
Broad clinical and administrative expertise is required to meet the needs of this widespread rural health patient population, in order to integrate primary care functions among the Medical Center and CBOCs, and coordinate Veteran care with other VA and non-VA entities. Chief of PC is responsible for implementing VHA Handbooks, rules, directives, information letters, policies and regulations governing a broad range of administrative aspects of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the medical center.
In order to affect the policies, service chief must have the skills in management theory, cost-benefit analysis, and statistical analysis. The physician will be committed to supporting Patient Centered Care, to include the Patient Aligned Care Team model. Upon request, the physician may participate as a member, lead or champion of process improvement teams, leadership committees such as Medical Staff Executive Committee, Patient Aligned Care Team Committees, Clinical Executive Board, Professional Standards Board, Peer Review Committee, etc.
He/she is tasked with providing active leadership and decision making for the organization, is responsible for strategic planning, the budget process, and performance improvement initiatives. The service chief develops and administers a formal, systematic performance plan for reviewing, appraising and continuously improving each phase of clinical care, clinical support, administrative activity and coordination between other VA entities (other medical centers, the VISN and VACO) and non-VA entities.
Chief of Primary Care is responsible for assuring that services provided by this medical center meet the standards set by accrediting agencies which govern the quality of care and the safe delivery of care for this medical center, to include, but not limited to The Joint Commission, the Office of the Inspector General, State Licensing Boards, and all other pertinent oversight and regulatory bodies.
In conjunction with other Service Chiefs, the Peer Review Committee and Professional Standards Board, the physician works to assure that any issues and deficiencies are corrected according to standards. The service chief must demonstrate knowledge and skills in interpersonal relations, especially the ability to appropriately and courteously relate to internal and external customers.
Budget and Resource Management: The Chief of Primary Care participates in the annual budget estimate for operation of his/her Service; assists in management of the formulation of the medical center budget, including allocation of funds and recommendations to top management regarding staffing requirements, cost effective technological advances, equipment, projects, and supplies. These budgetary recommendations are based on statistics, evidenced based practices and projections which indicate patient workload trends, and knowledge of VISN-wide goals and objectives for program development and management.
Human Resources Management: The Chief of Primary Care is responsible for developing and implementing a viable, cost-effective organization which manages positions within FTEE and budget. The position will have responsibility for personnel actions involving key subordinates and is responsible for effective labor/employee relations by coordinating with Human Resources. The chief is responsible for identifying training needs for subordinate employees, for ensuring the competency of staff for their selected positions. The physician will also ensure that services delivered are consistent with customer service needs and standards.
The Chief of PC will develop an effective recruitment and retention program in conjunction with Human Resources and is responsible for the initial and ongoing training of all primary care personnel. The ACOS for Primary Care is responsible for ensuring compliance with the medical center and other applicable (such as the AMA) Code of Conduct and will take immediate action whenever a possible violation of such codes occurs. This may involve education & training of the affective individual, or the proposal of disciplinary actions, adverse actions or termination. The operation of this medical center includes educational affiliations with local Universities and sharing agreements with outside entities.
The Service Chief will work closely with these entities in providing residents and other trainees with the staff support necessary to integrate them into the medical center organization and its patient care programs. He/she sets guidelines or assists in decision making to resolve any issues which arise with these affiliations and serves an active role on the Academic Affiliations Committee. The health care field is a very changing spectrum which requires constant updating of knowledge. It is therefore important that the service chief participate in continuing education that will enhance his/her health care management skills and knowledge. As VA works to transform health care there are various initiatives which are implemented. This position requires flexibility and the desire to lead change.
The position requires the ability to work collaboratively and across interdisciplinary services in order to accomplish the strategic goals of the VHA and the VISN. Duties require numerous daily contacts with patients, employees and visitors, in addition to VA Central Office representatives, VISN representatives, medical care representatives, officials of other Government agencies, representatives of our educational affiliates, representative of community agencies, state health care representative, non-VA providers and health-care organizations, oversight and regulatory agency representatives, etc. Clinical (10%) Provides coverage for primary care panels commensurate with his/her time, providing direct patient care. This work will be 10% of the time.
The Primary Care Service line includes PACT teams at the main facility, six CBOCs, Women’s Health, Compensation and Pension, Occupational Health, Optometry, Nutrition, Dermatology and Dom Medicine. We are seeking a creative, experienced and dynamic physician leader with strong administrative, interpersonal and organizational skills for the full-time position of Chief of Primary Care (PC).
As a key member of the clinical leadership team, the Chief of Primary Care is responsible for the delivery of Primary Care services to over 30,000 Veterans at the Medical Center. They will manage the Full-time and Part-Time physicians and Nurse practitioners delivering outpatient primary care in a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) model.
The Chief will be responsible for the full implementation of the PACT model in all Primary Care clinics and work closely with Behavioral Medicine Service to incorporate “Primary Care Mental Health Integration” (PCMHI) staff in each primary care area. The Chief of Primary Care will also serve as a primary care provider for a relevant panel of veterans.
Extensive experience in Internal Medicine or Family Practice with management responsibilities is required. The employee shall participate in activities that are designed to meet all relevant requirements, including those of the Joint Commission and other accrediting agencies.
The Chief will maintain current Basic Life Support (BCLS) certifications
Board Certification is preferred
Duties include but are not limited to:
· Chief, Primary Care Service Line is a management position with responsibilities for all aspects of delivery of care for the department
· The Chief is responsible for the overall performance of the Primary Care Service Line
· Chief is expected to carry a small panel size necessary to maintain clinical proficiency as determined by the Chief of Staff
· He/She is a key member of the clinical leadership team and reports directly to the Chief of Staff
· The Chief is responsible to ensure that high quality patient care is delivered in a resource efficient manner. Responsibilities include the complete range of resource management including position management and budgeting
· The successful candidate should possess excellent leadership skills and should be knowledgeable and proficient with VA Performance Measures and the principles of System Redesign including implementation and promotion of outpatient clinic access and hospital flow
· Professional training/certification can be in internal medicine or family practice
· Chief promotes an effective mix, coordination and support of clinical care by evaluating current and potential patient needs, clinical workload and resources, and special programs/mandates
· He/She promotes and evaluates standards of clinical competence and conduct for staff which are maintained through compliance with the credentialing and privileging processes, monitoring and evaluation of clinical practice, peer review, and other appropriate quality assurance activities
Provider is expected to be available during the work week and after hour duties including nights, weekends, and holidays. However, there is no scheduled call schedule for primary care providers
Administrative functions may include evaluation and approval/disapproval of clinical consultative services for non-VA care, which are shared by the Chief of Staff
Travel Required: 25% or Greater. Will occasionally travel to outpatient clinics
Work Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. This position may require the individual to work off hour shifts, weekends and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need.
Salary Range: Up to $262,000 per year
Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be authorized to a highly qualified candidate
(a) Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.
(b) Education: 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 Secretary of Veteran Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted. Schools of Osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted. Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.
(c) Licensure and Registration: Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of License if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.
(d) English Language Proficiency: Physicians, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required.