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Job opening: Health System Specialist (Associate Group Practice Manager)

Salary: $72 553 - 113 047 per year
City: Syracuse
Published at: Jan 02 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
This position reports to the Group Practice Manager (GPM). The primary purpose of the position is to provide assistance and support to the GPM and to outpatient clinic operations in the facility and related Community Care Outpatient Clinics.


Provides access related consultative services, working in collaboration with facility Service Lines, to review and develop guidance and policies that will facilitate standardized processes within the facility and applicable CBOCs, etc. Review and provide input on regulations and policies for local interpretation, utilizing local group practice management and communication strategies. Works as part of an inhouse team to ensure a wide range of local factors are considered in the application of national policies and procedures. Reviews and evaluates assigned processes and procedures to determine areas of effectiveness, efficiency, and improvement for proposal through local GPM group and supervisor. Reports to supervisor and access leadership in the facility, as assigned. Incorporates best practices to help improve patient access to care and that standards are met within assigned services. Promotes established system-wide training plans to optimize local use. Supports the local clinic management system based on national requirements. Proposes improvements to supervisor regarding national training curriculum for onboarding and sustainment activities. Maintains knowledge of CPM training materials and supports fulfillment of action plans to meet CPM training requirements. Works with Veteran Experience Officers within the local facility to evaluate patient and family concerns regarding the access to services needed. Aligns efforts with national and local requirements. Assists supervisor in coordinating efforts to ensure patient concerns are received, evaluated, and addressed in a timely and effective manner by the appropriate subject matter experts. Provides accurate data to ensure that processes and procedures developed are appropriately supported. Assists in the evaluation of outpatient care patient feedback for access and quality measures at the facility. Utilizes an analytics system for the collection and analysis of outpatient care patient feedback for access and quality measures. Evaluates and recommends changes for continuous process improvement. Collaborates with the Veterans Experience, clinic management, scheduling, and analytic groups. Incumbent utilizes advanced principles and strategies for access improvement to review and provide recommendations to Clinical Leads (CLs), including identifying strategies to reduce backlog. Monitors existing or emerging workflow issues; monitors consult management issues and provide guidance to CLs and Administrative Leads (ALs) when required. Monitors Information Technology (IT) usage and issues and provide information or assistance to CLs as needed. Assists clinic managers in forecasting the impact of staff changes and developing countermeasures to mitigate the effect of staff shortages on access to care. Makes recommendations to managers regarding allocation of resources, including potential use of community care options. Monitors, and makes recommendations to adjust plans to effectively and cost-efficiently accomplish the mission within budgetary constraints. Performs cost analysis and cost effectiveness studies to determine make/buy decisions to address gaps. Implements established action plans that will enable clinical grids to accurately reflect supply. Monitors profile indicators to help eliminate issues with backlogs (including Recall Delinquency, Past Due Return To Clinic Orders, nd Open Consults), Missed Opportunity Rates, Wait Times or Community Care options. Ensures accuracy of related services FTEE, person class assignments, labor mapping and book ability. Monitors telephonic issues and develops action plans to address. Monitors business and clinical analysis recommendations across service lines to determine trends and impact at the facility level. Acts as a liaison or point person for communications with persons and/or groups internal or external to the facility, representing Group Practice Management on clinical access issues. Promotes effective communication and optimal information flow within the clinics. Follows the established communication plan regarding reporting procedures for CPM access. Identifies modes of communication and reporting templates. Utilizes or creates standardized templates for Access Reporting. Other duties as assigned. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30AM to 4:ooPM Telework: Available (Ad -hoc) Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Health System Specialist (Associate Group Practice Manager)/PD99865-S-99866-S Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required



To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/16/2024. Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR): An IOR is a basic requirement that must be met in order to qualify for entry into a particular job series. For the Health Systems Specialist position, applicants must possess education and/or experience that is directly related to the work of the position. Applicants must meet at least ONE of the following Individual Occupational Requirements for to be eligible for consideration. Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Formal education in an occupation related major field of study, such as business or public administration, with coursework in health care administration (Hospital Administration, Public Health Administration, Business or Public Administration). OR, Specialized Experience: Progressively responsible analytical or administrative, or clinical management or supervisory experience in the health care field. This work may have been performed in an operating health care facility or a higher organizational echelon with advisory or directional authority over such facilities. Work must have involved a close working relationship with facility managers and analysis and/or coordination of administrative, clinical, or other service activities, and provided knowledge of the following: Missions, organizations, programs, and requirements of health care delivery systems; Regulations and standards of various regulatory and credentialing groups; and Government-wide, agency, and facility systems and requirements in various administrative areas such as budget, personnel, and procurement. OR, Special Provision for In-Service Placement: Successful completion of an agency-sponsored on-the-job training program may be substituted for qualifying experience, provided it included a formal individualized training plan. Such a training program must have been conducted in an operating health care system and included: Assignments providing a knowledge of basic health system administration philosophies, practices, and procedures, and basic government administrative policies and requirements; Practical assignments providing an opportunity to apply health system administration skills and principles (as the individual progresses, work assignments must be characteristic of the grade level to which he or she is assigned); and Oversight by an experienced health system administrator with periodic evaluation of the individual's progress and appropriate adjustment of the training program. NOTE: Applicants may meet the IOR based on a combination of education and experience, as outlined above. AND, In addition to meeting the IOR requirement, applicants must possess a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade in the normal line of progression for the occupation. Specialized Experience Requirement, GS-11: To qualify for this position at the GS-11 grade level, applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-09) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to: maintaining an effective clinical directives program, serve as a management representative on various medical center committees, coordinates implementation of agency programs, and analyzes/evaluates methods for assessing program development and the execution for improving organizational effectiveness and efficiency in coordination of health care delivery systems and operations; assisting executive management with administrative problems that arise, providing recommendations for solutions and is a contributor in the decision making process. Perform analysis of all areas of management including planning, organizing, implementing, coordination, and data gathering to improve medical and administrative processes through the use of data analysis. Bring controversial information or findings to the supervisor's attention for direction. Develops requests and documentation for manpower and material resources utilization, budgeting, management communications, performance reports, and programmatic objectives and policies. OR, Education: A PhD or equivalent doctoral degree or three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a PhD. This education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Examples: hospital administration, public health administration, or related fields such as business or public administration with course work in health care administration. A copy of your transcript(s) is required. OR, Combination: Equivalent combinations of education and specialized experience (as described above) to meet the requirements. This may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the GS-11 grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the GS-11 grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for the GS-11 grade level. Specialized Experience Requirement GS-12 (Full Performance Level): To qualify for this position at the GS-12 Full Performance Level, applicants must have a minimum one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-11) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to: Demonstrated experience applying knowledge of health care principles in the analysis and evaluation of problems in the health care industry and recommending solutions; demonstrated experience applying communication skills in presenting information and recommendations; demonstrated experience managing components of projects within a health care delivery system; demonstrated experience applying business principles such as financial, human resources, organizational governance, strategic planning, information management, risk management and quality improvement in a health care setting. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Administration and ManagementCommunicationFinancial Management Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Physical Requirements: Performance of the incumbent's duties may require extensive walking per day to meet with the facility managers and other clinic personnel. Trips to satellite outpatient clinics are sometimes necessary and will involve transportation via automotive vehicle. The work performed is of a precise nature requiring long periods of concentration that is often interrupted. Incumbent is often faced with changing priorities and with meeting deadlines. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: 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: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/.


  • Address Syracuse VA Medical Center 800 Irving Ave Syracuse, NY 13210 US
  • Name: Girolamo Tavolante
  • Phone: (315) 863-2853
  • Email: [email protected]


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