This position is a member of the Prosthetic & Sensory Aids Service of the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks and its associated outpatient clinics.
Work Schedule: Monday
Compressed/Flexible: Not Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position
Position Description/PD#: Purchasing Agent/01856-A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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Receiving and analyzing prosthetic requests and prescriptions for items, services and durable medical equipment from physicians, therapists, medical center personnel, patients or their representatives.
Reviewing the requests for completeness, comparing disability or diagnosis to equipment and/or services normally provided for the condition
Examining clinical health records and claims folders to determine legal eligibility and medical entitlement for prosthetic items and services based on adopted criteria and advises veteran of the same.
Authorizing and preparing purchase orders for a wide variety of prosthetic devices, ensuring that funding allocations reflect correct expenditures and balances, following applicable regulations.
Reconciling all invoices for certification of payment by reviewing veteran records against invoices to ensure accuracy for the service/item rendered.
Administering specialized programs within the Service, to include provision of the items and/or services requested, scheduling of appointments, completion of appropriate forms and referrals, as required.
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HelpRequirements 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 background/security investigation
May be subject to pre-employment physical evaluation
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/16/2018.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For GS-5 positions, Time-In-Grade is not applicable.
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-4 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:
Performing work to acquire supplies and/or services
Examining clinical health records to determine eligibility and entitlement of patients
Selecting the most cost-effective means to acquire supplies and/or services
Advising patients on eligibility and entitlement
Insuring that funding allocations reflect correct expenditures OR,
Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have 4 years of education above high school in any field for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite. OR,
Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond the first 60 semester hours (i.e. beyond the second year) for it to be creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
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.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
The work is partially sedentary and is normally carried out in an office setting. There exists prolonged periods or working at a computer terminal. Ability to retrieve equipment from a storage room is required and capable of lifting up to 50 pounds, associated with stocking of equipment may be necessary. Driving skills are needed to conduct home visits and vendor warehouse visits for inspection and completion of services.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
PLEASE NOTE: 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. 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.
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