The Advanced Medical Support Assistant (AMSA) has vacancies in the following sections of the service; Care in the Community (CITC), Primary Acute Care Teams (PACT), and various specialty clinics. AMSAs provide specialized and expert administrative patient support in an interdisciplinary coordinated care delivery model.
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This is an open continuous announcement. We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available.
Major duties of the Advanced Medical Support Assistant (AMSA) include, but are not limited to:
Adhering to the scheduling policies and procedures.
Conducting special audits, studies, or surveys to development procedures.
Ensure appointments are made from a provider's order.
Coordinating administrative services for veterans, family members, caregivers, and general public, administrative and clinical staff to insure continuity of inpatient and outpatient care.
Patient check-in process (in its entirety), including the printing of documentation needed for appointment.
Explaining the VHA mandate to collect insurance information to Veterans and their families.
Collecting, scanning, and updating health insurance information to aid in the revenue collection process.
Completing patient check-out process daily, including completion of Return to Clinic (RTC) orders, creation of recall reminders, consult follow-up, no-showing patient appointments according to local policy, and any other action required to complete appointment process.
Utilizing reports to assist in care delivery process.
Resolving difficult problems and diffuses potential dissatisfaction with VA services.
Responsible for VHIC Card process, BeneTravel requests assistance, understanding Heritage Medication Program, postage meters, UPS labels, and any other miscellaneous processes.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday; 8:00 to 4:30 or as agreed upon with the possibility of extended hours and weekends.
NOTE: Candidates must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.
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;
(2) Education. One year above high school;
(3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable.
GS-6 Grade Determinations: In addition to the Basic Requirements for employment listed above, the following education and experience criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates for Advanced Medical Support Assistant GS-6:
Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level. Specialized experience includes: Ability to operate computerized programs and systems in order to enter, modify, and retrieve sensitive medical and patient identifying information (PII) into or from electronic health records, scheduling systems, and/or reports; Advanced knowledge of medical terminology specific to understand medical diagnosis and procedures sufficient to communicate clinical staff instructions to patients; Ability to schedule medical appointments in a clinical setting; Ability to work independently in the accomplishment of a wide variety of duties performing patient support work; Ability to communicate effectively and professionally in person, electronically, and/or by telephone, with internal and external customers; and Skill in customer service with the ability to identify customer concerns, and refer to the appropriate staff, as necessary, to ensure a satisfactory resolution.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. Candidates must demonstrate ALL of the KSAs below:
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, Appendix G45
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-6 to GS-6.
Physical Requirements:The work is mostly sedentary and requires incumbent to utilize a personal computer resulting in a large amount of keyboarding/data entry. Faxing clinical documentation to the outside providers/vendors at their request during the scheduling/approving process for Fee Basis care. Additionally, lifting and carrying items such as medical records, paperwork, and folders and will be required to do tasks that require some fine manipulation skills/abilities. May be required to work many hours at a computer terminal.
Work Conditions: The employee may rotate to various locations to perform assigned duties in an office, nursing station, or clinic setting in close proximity to clinicians and patients. The work area may be small and congested with patients and staff. the work is in a fast paced, busy environment with multiple interruptions. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. Special ergonomic precautions must be taken with sitting and typing. Work involves minimal risks and observance of typical of safety precautions typical of a clinic and office environment. Since work requires a high level of interaction with patients in close proximity to clinic care areas, employees may be exposed to communicable diseases. Employees are required to be tested for TB annually and are offered annual vaccinations to prevent influenza. Additionally, the employee is a times confronted by angry patients or family members, so special violence prevention in the workplace safety precautions are necessary.
IMPORTANT: 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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