Physician - Fee Basis Utilization Management
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Biloxi, MS

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 840523

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

This position will remain open until filled; consequently, it may be filled before the posted closing date.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

Note: This position’s initial duty station is Biloxi, Mississippi; however the duty station, based upon the needs of the health care system, may require the individual to work from other facilities (e.g. Mobile Outpatient Clinic, Alabama; Eglin Outpatient Clinic, Florida; Joint Ambulatory Care Center, Pensacola, Florida and Panama City Outpatient Clinic, Florida).

The Mississippi Gulf Coast overlooks the sparkling Gulf of Mexico and 62 miles of scenic shoreline including the world's longest (26 miles) man-made beach - started by nature, improved by man. Explore the Coast's rich heritage from the American Indians to the modern day blending of cultures including cuisine, attractions, and events. For further information on the Gulf Coast area, please visit the following website: http://www.gulfcoast.org/ .

Relocation incentive may be negotiated KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship
Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
Must pass pre-employment examination.
Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
Background and/or Security Investigation required.

English Language Proficiency required. DUTIES:
VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (VAGCVHCS), is a multi-divisional level 1c health care system spanning 300 miles along the United States Gulf Coast, is actively seeking applicants for the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) for Fee Basis. The incumbent will serve as a senior member of the Leadership Team implementing VA’s missions, goals and values through I-CARE core characteristics; I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect and E xcellence. As a medical professional you will be part of an interdisciplinary VA team that enhances the lives of Veterans and their family members. As an employee you will be a part of the Federal Employees Retirement System, have the opportunity to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan (401k). Come enjoy the benefits of health insurance, vacation & sick days, job security, and all the benefits of being a Federal employee.

The incumbent will report directly to the Chief of Staff and is located in Biloxi, MS. The non-VA Purchased Care program provides care to over 65,000 enrolled veterans in a primary service area that spans three states, four VA community based outpatient clinics and has a very strong sharing partnership with Department of on four military installations.

The Associate Chief of Staff for non-VA care/Fee Basis functions as a member of the senior leadership team reporting to the Chief of Staff, and serves as a principal assistant to the Chief of Staff. The ACOS for Fee Basis has overall clinical management of an interdisciplinary team responsible managing requests for health care and/or health services through the Fee Basis Program. The Fee Basis Program is a highly complex visible, that exhausts almost half the operating budget. The incumbent is responsible for balancing requests for non-VA care with regulatory guidelines and fiscal limitations. The incumbent serves as the physician advisor for all requests for payment of non-VA healthcare participating in discussions, decisions, and policy making. Collaboratively manages the Fee Basis Budget, with the Chief Finance Officer. Leads a matrix environment for the professional activities of registered nurses within Fee Basis and will provide direction to a myriad of administrative Fee Basis clerks. Monitors and evaluates the quality and appropriateness of care provided in non-VA settings.

The position is primarily administrative, however occasionally a portion of time may be dedicated to direct patient care. Duties will include strategic planning for the provision of outpatient care, planning and coordinating budgets through cost-benefit analysis in concert with the Chief of Fee Basis. The incumbent serves as a professional liaison to other VA facilities, federal facilities and non-VA entities providing health non-VA health care and/or services.

We are looking for an energetic, visionary leader with strong leadership, managerial, organizational, communication and clinical skills. Qualifications include a degree of doctor of medicine from an allopathic or osteopathic school of medicine. The school must have had regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted. In addition to holding the doctorate of medicine or osteopathy the incumbent must have current, full, unrestricted licensure to practice medicine. Preferred Characteristics include strong leadership skills, experience in clinical and administration of large health care systems, with acute beds, mental health beds and primary & specialty services. Additionally, the incumbent must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities, to gain the trust and respect of peers and subordinates that are a highly diverse group of staff in order to achieve the mission of honoring and serving Veterans through excellence in healthcare.

Relocation incentive may be negotiated

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Basic Requirements:
(1) Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.)

(2) 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 Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.

Approved schools are:
(a) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.

(b) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

(c) 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 license.

(d) For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required except as provided in M-8, part II, chapter 1.

(3) Licensure and Registration.

(a) Physicians (Except Residents). Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States or in the District of Columbia. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure. The facility Director may waive this licensure requirement if the physician is to serve in a country other than the United States and the dentist has licensure in that country.

(b) Impaired Licensure. A physician who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 14, section B, chapter 3 of this part.

(4) Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

(5) English Language Proficiency. Physicians, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), 7407(d).

The above is an excerpt from VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2.

***PREFERRED CHARACTERISTICS/EXPERIENCE: *** In addition to the basic qualification requirements, applicants must have demonstrated evidence of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities determined to be essential for satisfactory performance in the position. You don’t need to answer these separately, but it should be identified somewhere in your resume.

1. Self direction and dependability;

2. Aability to function independently;

3. Excellent interpersonal relationship/communication skills;

4. Ability to direct health care benefits in a managed care setting across a health care system;

5. Demonstrated analytical ability to provide senior leaders with viable make/buy options to address complex cost/benefits options;

6. Ability to manage and balance complex cost decisions regarding whether to approve care based on cost avoidance versus patient preferences.

7. Ability to utilize system thinking in managing ethical dilemmas

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Veterans Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome. BENEFITS:

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers multiple plans plans. For additional information visit : http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp

. OTHER INFORMATION:
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...