HHC Physician Assistant
at Heartland Alliance

Date Posted: 6/17/2019

Job Description

Summary: The HHC Physician Assistant is a mid-level provider (Adult, Family Medicine, Pediatrics or Psychiatry) providing quality primary healthcare services to special populations, emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention. The PA practices independently but collaborates with a designated primary supervising physician.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Facilitates entry of the patient into the healthcare system by assessing the primary healthcare needs including eliciting comprehensive health histories, performing physical exams, ordering and/or performing pertinent diagnostic tests, analyzing collected data to determine patient health status and formulating a problem list.

• Provides coordinated and continuous primary health care to patients that span the health continuum by mutual goal setting and planning delivery of care

• Prescribes a variety of treatment modalities to meet the health and illness needs ofpatients

• Provides health teaching and counseling to patients and families that promotes a therapeutic and caring relationship.

• Manages and evaluates the plan of care process and outcome and then modifies the planas needed to meet the patient at their level of comprehension.

• Collaborates with other multi-disciplinary professionals and community agencies to provide high quality care; Coordinates services in conjunction with other team members to meet patients primary health care needs and to ensure the continuity of care; assumes clinical duties asneeded to ensure access to services after hours and onweekends.

• Participates in quality assurance activities through protocol development and collaborative peer review by: assisting in practice protocol development and identifying indicators for quality care; implements recommended changes and/or improvements to care standards.

• Assumes the responsibility for professional development and contributes to the professional growth of others by: developing in depth knowledge of health center operations, policies and procedures.

• Assumes the responsibility for maintaining competence in clinical practice by: engaging in a mentor relationship with a designated supervising physician and maintaining a patient case load to enhance continuity of care and meet HHC’s productivity standards; participating inappropriate educational activities in order to maintain and increase competence.

• Practices within the legal and ethical guidelines established by the American Medical Association, the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation and the 1987 Physician Assistant Practice Act and Specialty Standards of Practice.

• Documents comprehensive, accurate and continual data on patient records and program reports using an electronic health record and in accordance with the established time guidelines.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience: Completion of an accredited Physician Assistant Program; Physician Assistant licensure and at least one year of PA experience.

Other Qualifications: Additional documented clinical experience, education or certification in a related field may be required. Documented experience as a consultant on special populations to healthcare providers and community agencies may be required.

Language Skills: Fluency in Spanish and/or other languages is preferred and highly desired. Excellent written and oral communication skills required. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals required. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence required. Ability to speak effectively before patients and their families, staff and groups required. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form required. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations required.

Competencies: Ability to use computers to receive, organize, prioritize and transmit information. Proficiency in Word, Excel and Outlook. Comprehension of and appropriate use of advanced medical terminology, application of third party payer guidelines, and concepts related to quality assurance measures. Compliance with organization policies and procedures required.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Regularly required to talk and hear.

• Frequently required to sit; use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms

• Occasionally required to stand, walk, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

• Must be able to occasionally lift or move 10 lbs.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

• The employee may be required to remain on HHC premises during breaks and/or meal periods, and may be required to stay on HHC premises until his/her replacement arrives.

Heartland Health Centers makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Job Type: Health Care
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 6/17/2019

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