Job opening: Advanced Medical Support Assistant - Clinical Contact Center
Salary: $42 022 - 54 625 per year
Published at: Aug 11 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This Advanced Medical Support Assistant (AMSA) position is in the Clinical Contact Center of Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System located in Little Rock, AR.
The Advanced Medical Support Assistant provides support across multiple ancillary and interdisciplinary clinics and determines the needs of the Veteran/caregiver. The Advanced Medical Support Assistant plays an integral role in achieving first-contact resolution through Veteran-centered delivery of care.
Duties of this position may include but is not limited to:
Provides specialized and expert administrative patient support while working collaboratively in an interdisciplinary coordinated care delivery model.
Provides specialized administrative judgment and the flexible use of a wide range of clinical flow processes relating to access to care across multiple clinics, specialties, and/or care in the community resources.
Works collaboratively with Central Arkansas Veterans System(CAVHS)/VISN programs, services and interdisciplinary coordinated care team members to provide access to care and meet the needs of Veterans via various available contact modalities to include but not limited to telephone calls, secure messaging, chat, text messaging and video.
Answers telephones, secure messages and chat messages.
Greets patients and relays messages to appropriate staff inside and outside of the CAVHS/VISN Clinical Contact Center (CCC).
Schedules appointments, interprets and verifies provider orders in accordance with VHA national scheduling guidelines.
Recommends changes to existing clinic procedures based on current administrative guidelines.
Utilizes numerous advanced patient systems in support of multiple clinics involved in an interdisciplinary coordinated care delivery model.
Maintains effective and efficient communication with the patient, interdisciplinary care deliver teams, VA medical centers, other agencies and non-VA medical facilities.
Schedules, cancels, re-schedules patient appointments and/or consults.
Enters no-show information.
Monitors appointment requests from multiple electronic sources.
Gathers and obtains medical information from patients.
Processes medication refills.
Reviews electronic medical records.
Obtains medical records.
Participates in huddles with other Medical Support Assistants and/or CAVHS/VISN CCC staff to determine the daily needs of the VISN CCC.
Monitors outpatients appointments in area of responsibility.
Verifies and updates demographics when contacted by patients.
Manges patient systems to verify and validate accuracy and resolve issues.
Evaluates patient information and clinic schedule lists to determine whether the patient requires an immediate appointment.
Informs interdisciplinary team members about shared patients who are receiving care in other VA facilities or receiving care in the community.
Provides information and resolution to Veterans" requests within scope.
Uses administrative judgement to escalate symptomatic concerns to clinicians within the CAVHS/VISN CCC or directs to the appropriate discipline within the CCC or department for resolution.
Uses advanced knowledge of health care processes as it relate to access of care to ensure Veteran appointment scheduling is efficient, operational and prioritized to maintain Veteran flow and clinic readiness.
Utilizes various software, hardware system products, and data portals to transfer and capture information electronically for the support of the daily operation of the unit.
Provides accurate details of organizational information to Veterans regarding the different services the VA offers.
Provides high-quality customer service to Veterans and their families/caregivers.
Work Schedule: Shifts rotate and cover 24 hours, 7 days a week, will be discussed upon interview.
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement #: 598-00273-F
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
United States Citizenship. Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Experience and Education.
(1) Experience. Six months experience of clerical, office, customer service, or other administrative work that indicates the ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position; OR,
(2) Education. One year above high school; OR,
(3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable.
Certification. None required.
Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
English Language Proficiency. Medical Support Assistants must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Policy.
.Grade Determinations. To qualify for the GS-06 level, your resume must demonstrate you possess the required experience necessary to possess the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) required for the grade. Be specific when describing the job duties that demonstrate you possess the KSAs listed. Resume must include hours per week for work experience credit.
Medical Support Assistant (Advanced), GS-06
(a) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level. To qualify for this position, you must demonstrate in your resume that you have experience that includes:
Entering, modifying, retrieving sensitive information into or from electronic health records, scheduling systems, and/or reports;
Scheduling medical appointments in a clinical setting;
Performing patient support work;
Providing customer service and identifying patient concerns to ensure satisfactory resolution;
Advanced level of medical terminology.
(b) Assignment. The Advanced MSA provides specialized and expert administrative patient support while working collaboratively in an interdisciplinary coordinated care delivery model. Work involves specialized administrative judgment and the flexible use of a wide range of clinical flow processes relating to access to care across multiple clinics, specialties, and/or care in the community resources. Recommends changes to existing clinic procedures based on current administrative guidelines. Expertise in utilizing numerous advanced patient systems in support of multiple clinics involved in an interdisciplinary coordinated care delivery model. Coordinates with the patient care team to review clinic appointment availability (utilization) to ensure that clinic schedules are closely monitored to effectively support the needs of the clinics, and makes adjustments as necessary. MSAs at this level develop and/or maintain effective and efficient communication with the patient, interdisciplinary coordinated care delivery model teams, VA medical centers, and other agencies (e.g., assist with communications during the inpatient to outpatient discharge; communicate with non-VA medical facilities; prepare correspondence to notify patients of normal lab results; manage a system for follow-up care such as consults, tests, etc.).
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition, you must demonstrate ALL of the following KSAs in your resume:
Ability to collaborate and communicate with a wide range of medical clinicians across multiple disciplines (e.g. medical doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, clinical pharmacists, and nursing staff) to accomplish team goal setting to ensure medical care to patients is met.
Ability to independently set priorities and organize work to meet deadlines, ensuring compliance with established processes, policies, and regulations.
Ability to communicate tactfully and effectively, electronically, by phone, in person, and in writing, with internal and external customers. This may include preparing reports in various formats and presenting data to various organizational levels, as well as resolving patient concerns.
Advanced knowledge of the technical health care process (including, but not limited to, scheduling across interdisciplinary coordinated care delivery and/or care in the community models and patient health care portals) as it relates to access to care.
Advanced knowledge of policies and procedures associated with interdisciplinary coordinated care delivery and/or care in the community operational activities that affect patient flow, and patient support care administrative functions to include, but not limited to appointment cycles, outside patient referrals, follow-up care, overbooking, provider availability, etc.
Advanced knowledge of medical terminology due to the technical nature of language utilized by clinicians.
References: VA Handbook 5005/117 Part II, Appendix G45 VA Qualification Standard for Medical Support Assistant, GS-0679.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06.
Physical Requirements: Position requires visual acuity, adequate auditory perception, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. Position requires extended periods of sitting. The position may require some bending and carrying of items. The Medical Support Assistant must be mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations and able to shift priorities based on patient needs.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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
To be creditable, education completed outside the U.S. must have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education must have been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. programs.
- Address John L McClellan Memorial Veterans' Hospital
4300 West Seventh Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
- Name: Kathy Girndt
- Phone: (501) 297-2221
- Email: [email protected]