The VA Caribbean Healthcare System (VACHS) is an active teaching facility affiliated with various local private universities and the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and allied programs. Spinal Cord Injuries/Disorders (SCI/D) is one of six nationally recognized Veterans Health Administration (VHA) special disability programs. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid 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) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting The Service Chief will carry out the leadership/management responsibilities and operations of the Service which include hospitalized patients and outpatient clinics, in addition to the administrative duties pertinent to the position. Duties of The Service Chief include but not limited to: All clinically and administratively related activities of the Service; Assessing and recommending to the relevant hospital authority off-site sources for needed patient care services not provided by the Service or the organization; Integrating the Service into the primary functions of the organization; Coordinating and integrating interdepartmental and intradepartmental services; Developing and implementing policies and procedures that guide and support the provision of services; Continuously assessing and improving the quality of care and services provided; Making recommendation for space and other resources needed by the Service; Gathers, analyzes and compares physicians specific data on providers profiles based on the clinical competences (patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal communication skills, system based practice, practice based learning and improvement and professionalism). This data is used to monitor provider practice on an ongoing basis, and reported at least every six months to the Professional Standard Board (PSB), when practice is in accordance to practice. When deviations from standards of practice are identified at the Section level, it is the responsibility of the Section Chief to alert the Service Chief, initiate a focused professional practice evaluation and communicate this action to the PSB; Evaluates, gathers information and monitors provider specific activities identified in the performance pay and submit information on a timely basis; Evaluates, gathers information and monitors section specific activities including: Monthly mortality and morbidity reports; Consult management; DSS data on RVUs, utilization and workload; Clinic utilization; Access; Whole Health; Implementation of Mission Act. Monitors and ensures Section staff compliance with agency regulations, medical staff bylaws, VA Caribbean Healthcare System policies, pertinent to Joint Commission standards, and other appropriate regulations as they apply. This includes but is not limited: Mandatory trainings; BlS/ACLS requirements appropriate to specialty Maintenance of licensures, certifications and/or registrations; Time and attendance as approving official; Part-time yearly review of agreements and certifications; Ell and Non-Ell property; management; Annual performance evaluations; Competency validation; Resident supervision; Medical record regulations, including monitoring of unsigned and un-cosigned notes; Credential and privileging regulations; Preparing and reevaluating functional statements and positions descriptions according to regulations; Timely completion of action items; Probationary period; regulations for newly recruited staff. Clinical Responsibilities: The Service Chief is expected to remain privileged and practicing in his/her specialty field. Privileges are considered through the Professional Standards Board, presented at the Clinical Executive Board and approved by the Director: Patient Care; Medical/Clinical Knowledge; Clinical Judgment; Interpersonal & Communication Skills; Professionalism. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, with rotating tours of duty as needed. Travel: May be required to perform Home Care visits, as needed.
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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