Physician Assistant
Cogent HMG - Vancouver, WA

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Come join our well established Hospitalist Program in Vancouver, Washington at PeachHealth. Cogent HMG is seeking a Physician Assistant. The Hospitalist Physician Assistant (PA) provides medical management of patients under the care of the hospitalist program, and within the scope of practice recognized by state law. The Hospitalist PA also collaborates with the hospitalist care team to coordinate and manage the process of patient care from the point of admission to the hospital, through discharge and hand-off to a community care provider.

Essential Functions:
Medical Management

Performs histories and physicals under direction of hospitalist physician

Identifies and manages acute illness from admission through discharge under supervision of hospitalist physician and with adherence to best practice guidelines.

Prescribes medications and therapies as appropriate under supervision of hospitalist physician.

Clinical Care Coordination

Collaborates with hospital care team to ensure that all current labs, test results, consults, orders, etc., are carried out in timely manner.

Communicates pertinent information regarding patient’s hospital stay (landmark events) with patient’s primary care provider as needed.

Meets with patient/family to determine barriers to discharge and set expectations for hospital stay

Collaborates with hospital discharge planning to ensure appropriate and safe discharge plan and disposition.

Ensures follow-up appoint is made with primary care provider.

Resolves post-discharge homecoming call issues.

When Applicable - Actively participates in daily standup meeting with hospitalist team to ensure plan of care for patients is communicated and acted upon.

Quality Improvement

Participates in data collection for quality improvement initiatives: conducts clinical audits, collects care delay information, PQRI, and review of core measure indicators.

Under supervision of program medical director and in collaboration with hospital utilization management, evaluates clinical care and utilization of resources against current standards utilizing decision support tools: Cogent Careguides and/or Interqual Criteria and/or Milliman & Robertson

Participates in client and care team meetings to evaluate and plan progress of hospitalist program

Education/Public Relations

Meets with patient/family on admission to educate on role of hospitalist

Educates and promotes hospitalist program among hospital staff

Education, Training, Experience:
Bachelor or Masters Degree and graduation from fully accredited physician assistant program.

Currently licensed to practice as a Physician Assistant (PA) in state of Washington

BLS/ACLS Certified

Adult/General Medicine experience required

Orthopedic or Neurosurgery experience a plus

Well-developed communication skills

New Graduates and Practicing PA’s are encouraged to apply

7 on/ 7 off

12 Hour Shifts

Maintains strict confidentiality with regard to protected health information and understands and adheres to Cogent HMG’s HIPAA Privacy and Security Policies and Procedures

This job description is not all-inclusive and can be changed at management’s discretion.

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