Physician Extender: Physician Assistant /Nurse Practitioner
United Planning Organization - Washington, DC

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Physician Extender (Part Time)
TITLE: Physician Extender – Part Time
DIVISION: Community Health Division
MAJOR DUTIES:

The Physician Extender will be responsible for the provision of medical services to patients under the guidance of the Medical Director of the United Planning Organization, Comprehensive Treatment Center Opioid Treatment Program. Examine and evaluate the physical condition of patients, formulate diagnosis, prescribes opioid agonist treatment and/or referral to other health care professionals and determine an appropriate medication regimen.

SPECIFIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Performs comprehensive assessment of new and existing patients, records physical findings and formulates plan and prognosis, based on patient's condition
  • Performs physical examinations and preventive health measures within prescribed guidelines and instructions of physician
  • Prescribes and adjusts methadone dose based on patient's medical history, opioid use and tolerance history and ongoing dose response
  • Orders, interprets, and evaluates diagnostic tests to identify and assess patient's clinical problems and health care needs
  • Discusses case with physician and other health professionals to prepare comprehensive patient care plan
  • Submits health care plan and goals of individual patients for periodic review and evaluation by physician
  • Works in an independent and interdependent relationship with members of the medical and clinical staff, which allows for consultation, collaboration, or referral
  • Evaluates patient care, adjusting the plan of care based on outcomes, diagnostic test results, and patient feedback
  • Educates patients about preventive care, medical issues, and use of prescribed medical treatment
  • Ensures physician medication orders are being followed
  • Maintains legible, accurate, and confidential medical records. Documents all medical evaluations, diagnoses, procedures, treatment, outcomes, education, referrals, and consultations consistent with CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), and state regulatory standards.
  • Maintains and expands knowledge base in accordance with the requirements necessary to maintain professional certification as a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant

Other duties:

  • Provides patient and staff education on methadone maintenance and health related topics
  • Attends at administrative team meetings
  • Advocates for patient needs
  • Re-evaluate take home clients every ninety days.
  • Complete hospital follow-up for re-instatement medication.
  • Complete post jail re-instatements.
  • Serve as member of Multidisciplinary Teams for case management, treatment assessment, and take home evaluation.
  • Confer with Counselors, attend client treatment staffing meetings, and contribute to treatment plans.
  • Make inpatient/outpatient referrals to other medical facilities/services.
  • Prepare emergency medications.
  • Provide medical consultation to Nurses and Counseling Staff

REPORTS TO: CTC Medical Director
SUPERVISES: None
DUTY LOCATION: Comprehensive Treatment Center
1900 Massachusetts Avenue, S.E., Building #13, Washington, DC 20002

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Licensed as a Nurse Practitioner(NP) or Physician Assistant (PA) within the District of Columbia. Experience with Methadone Maintenance Treatment.
Prescriptive privilege and DEA number.
Experience with psychiatric/mental health/substance abuse services. Understanding of addiction treatment.
SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with Experience
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: 10 Hours per week (Part Time)


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