Medical Support Assistant

Department Of Veterans Affairs Butler , PA 16001

Posted 2 months ago

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Summary

Incumbent will provide administrative support to Domiciliary Veterans, and will assure compliance with medical center and Domiciliary program policies and procedures and with health, safety, and sanitation as they pertain to living quarters, treatment areas, dayrooms, etc.

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Responsibilities

Primary duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Independently processes and orients patients upon admission to assist with their adaptation to residential community living.

  • Organizes medical chart assembly. Files medical records and administrative documents.

  • Schedules appointments, coordinates consults, referrals, etc.

  • Processes patient authorized absences according to program procedures.

  • Documents patient behaviors and incidents in the appropriate format.

  • Independently completes the electronic Incident Reporting document.

  • Orders/cancels patient meals timely and accurately in accordance with program criteria. Performs patient dining room duties including food cart management, tray distribution and cleanup.

  • Verbally interacts with others following age specific criteria in a clear, respectful manner.

  • Processes patient admission/discharges/transfers.

  • Observes proper technical and infection control practices when conducting screening procedures, per the Ancillary Testing Manual.

  • Uses proper telephone decorum/etiquette, answering calls timely.

Work Schedule: Hours are 12:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Days to be assigned based on program needs.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

5

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0679 Medical Support Assistance

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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

Qualifications

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3.g.).

b. 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

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(2) Education. One year above high school;

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(3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable.

c. Certification. None required.

d. Grandfathering Provision. All MSAs employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series, and grade held, which are a part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply:(1) Such employees may be reassigned, promoted, or changed to a lower grade within the occupation.(2) Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard.(3) If an employee who was converted to Title 38 hybrid status under this provision leaves the occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.

e. Foreign Education. 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.

f. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

g. English Language Proficiency. MSAs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3.j.

Grade Determination GS-5 MSA (Full Performance Level)

1.Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the GS-4 grade level. Examples of experience would include but not be limited to: ability to meet, communicate, and interact with individuals from varying backgrounds and other health care team members in a courteous and helpful manner in order to facilitate medical care for patients; ability to use, and navigate between, various types of office automation equipment and software (i.e. computer systems, web based scheduling programs, insurance collection system, scanning software, multiple line phone systems, electronic faxing programs) to support patient care; knowledge of medical terminology to assist in the provision of care to patients; skill in recording patient messages and understanding physician requests pertaining to follow-up medical care in internal or external clinics.

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2.Education: Four years of education above high school.

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Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.

In addition to Basic Requirements and the experience listed above, candidates must be able to demonstrate all of the KSAs below:

1.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.

2.Advanced knowledge of medical terminology specific to understand medical diagnosis and procedures sufficient to communicate clinical staff instructions to patients.

3.Ability to schedule medical appointments in a clinical setting.

4.Ability to work independently in the accomplishment of a wide variety of duties performing patient support work.

5.Ability to communicate effectively and professionally in person, electronically, and/or by telephone, with internal and external customers.

6.Skill in customer service with the ability to identify customer concerns, and refer to the appropriate staff as necessary, to ensure a satisfactory resolution.

References: VA Handbook 5005/117, Part II, Appendix G45, Medical Support Assistant Qualification Standard.

Education

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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