Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician-Psychiatrist-Section Chief in Hampton, Virginia
Summary Education and length of practice are considered through a formal pay-setting process to determine the final compensable salary (Base Pay + Market Pay). This position is aligned under the Specialty Outpatient Mental Health Services and will serve as the Psychiatrist Section Chief for the Buprenorphine Program, Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program, and the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program medication providers. Responsibilities MHBS is divided into sections to include inpatient, residential, outpatient and primary care mental health integration. Each section is supervised by a Mental Health Service Section Chief who is a licensed independent practitioner (LIP) and provides direct care to Veterans while he/she ensures the following duties: Administrative Duties a. Provide for quality and safety of the care, treatment and services provided by the Section in the MHBS service. This requires ongoing monitoring and evaluating of quality and safety (including access, efficiency and effectiveness); appropriateness of care and treatment provided to patients; patient satisfaction activities; patient safety and risk management activities; and utilization management. b. Assist in identification of important aspects of care for the Section, identification of indicators used to measure and assess important aspects of care and evaluating of the quality and appropriateness of care. c. Utilize VHA performance measures and monitors as a basis for assessing the quality, timeliness, efficiency and safety of service activities. d. Maintain records of meetings that include reports of conclusions, data recommendations, responsible person, actions taken, and an evaluation of effectiveness of actions taken as appropriate. e. Develop criteria for recommending clinical privileges for LIP and scopes for non-LIP as appropriate for members of the section in MHBS service and ensure that FPPE and ongoing professional practice evaluation is continuously performed, and results are utilized in re-privileging. f. Responsible for supervision of staff and evaluations including performance appraisals, proficiency, personnel actions, peer reviews. g. Define and develop clinical privilege statements for staff in his/her section including levels of care that include all requirements of VHA handbook 1100.19 (credentialing and privileging). h. Develop policies and procedures to assure effective management, ethics, safety, communication and quality within the section and between MHBS sections and other services as appropriate. i. Review at least annually privilege templates for each service and make recommendation to the Chief, MHBS as needed for modifications. j. Must demonstrate knowledge and skills in interpersonal relations through appropriately and courteously relating to internal and external customers. k. Support and monitor time and attendance of staff including leave requests via VATAS. l. Support and ensure compliance with productivity, access and quality initiatives. Academic/Teaching a. Support and ensure compliance on the part of his/her staff support of resident/PA/NP/DO student supervision policy, clinical reminders, completion of encounters and notes, performance measures and indicators as required by local, VISN and national policy. b. Plans and oversees the completion of personal research programs, designed to provide information regarding program planning and relevant treatment approaches. c. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assist in implementation of treatment plan as appropriate regarding their patients. d. Process Owner for Implementation of Clinical Programs / Projects with improved results in Metrics associated with Access/ Veteran Experience /Quality. Supervisory Controls The physician is a LIP who practices based on his/her specific approved privileges, guidance derived from VHA, Medical Center Bylaws and Service Directives/MCMS. The Section Chief is responsible for implementing, managing and overseeing programs and services within the Section and reports directly to the Chief MHBS, or his/her designee. Work Schedule: 8:00AM-4:30PM - Monday - Friday Recruitment Incentive: May be authorized for highly qualified applicant Relocation Incentive: May be authorized for highly qualified applicant Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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. Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Physical requirements outlined below. Preferred Experience: Board Certified or Board Eligible Psychiatrist 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: Must pass a pre-employment physical examination as required by VA Handbook 5019. This examination is administered by VA Occupational Health. The physical demands of the work are generally minor. The work is primarily sedentary in nature and usually occurs within climate controlled clinical and administrative settings. Use of fingers may be required to operate computers. There may be occasional light lifting/carrying (15 pounds or less) requirements to relocate boxed materials from one area to another, equipment and room set-up, and ambulation related to physical inspections of the facilities. If you are searching for a unique opportunity that includes an excellent federal benefits package with one of the largest healthcare networks, then the Hampton VA Medical Center is for you. - VA physicians and dentists earn up to an additional 7.5% of their salary (not to exceed $15K) in annual physician performance pay. - Free liability protection with tail coverage provided. - No physician employment contracts and no significant restrictions on moonlighting. - Regular pay increases to include biennial longevity increases, annual cost of living increases (when signed into law), and biennial reviews of physician market pay. - One full and unrestricted license from any U.S. state or territory is accepted at this facility. - 49 Days paid time off per year (26 days paid annual leave, 13 days paid sick leave, 10 paid federal holidays). - Pension plan - vested in pension annuity after only 5 years' service. - 401K-type plan (Thrift Savings Plan) with matching contributions. 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. Additional Information VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: VHA Physician Brochure. Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.