Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Advanced Medical Support Assistant - Call Center in Charleston, South Carolina
Independently carries out a diverse range of difficult contacts involving atypical problems and complex situations. Incumbent is the initial contact person in the program and functions as an Advanced Medical Support Assistant, which is a complex role requiring a global understanding of VA policies, independent decision-making, and multidisciplinary collaboration.
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The incumbent is assigned to a telephone care program. The program is aligned under the Health Administration Service, and under the oversight supervision of the Manager Centralized Scheduling/Call Center Unit. Utilizes a global knowledge base to provide timely and appropriate telephone caller referral and/or problem resolution through consultation with Telephone Triage nurses and other employees (both clinical and administrative). The incumbent is familiar with proper routing and control of all outpatient activities and ensures that every patient and/or his/her representative utilizing the telephone services receives prompt and courteous attention with proper action taken on his/her request. As the initial point of contact, the incumbent must make decisions to ensure that the caller is handled appropriately. The incumbent personally works with Veterans in determining the nature of the patient's needs, questions or complaints, and answers questions, provides needed information and resolves problems without multiple telephone transfers. The incumbent handles each call as independently and quickly as possible.
The Advanced MSA spends a significant amount of time performing administrative medical telephone services with patients and staff. He/she must possess the ability to handle these calls with competence, courtesy, and care while at the same time rendering services as requested. Communication skills and tact are required to provide effective and efficient administrative telemedicine services. Enters a variety of requests in the appropriate computer program to include labs, x- rays, EKGs, special diagnostic tests, etc. as ordered within the VA.
Meets the needs of customers while supporting VA missions. Consistently communicates and treats customers (Veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Provides the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Handles conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:45 AM-4:15 PM Fi*nancial Disclosure Report:* Not required
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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
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/03/2019. Basic Requirements: * United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. * Experience. Six month of experience of clerical, office or other work that indicates the ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position; or Education. One year above high school; or Combination Experience/Education. Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable. * Language Proficiency. Proficient in spoken and written English Grade Determinations: * GS-6 Advanced MSA One year of experience of clerical, office or other work that indicates the ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-5). At this level, the MSA performs a full range of duties. The MSA is responsible for scheduling appointments, including interpreting and verifying provider orders in accordance with VHA national scheduling guidelines. Assignments at this level include, but are not limited to: scheduling, canceling, re-scheduling patient's appointments and/or consults; entering no-show information; monitoring the electronic wait list; preparing for clinic visits; monitoring both inpatient and outpatient appointments for areas of responsibility; ensuring encounter forms are completed in order to obtain appropriate workload credit; verifying and updating demographics and insurance information; processing all emergency and non-emergency transfers to other VA facilities or private hospitals; performing basic eligibility, co-pays and pre authorization requirements for specific coverage (i.e. TRICARE, sharing agreements, etc.). Candidates must demonstrate the * KSAs below: * 1. Ability to collaborate, communicate, set priorities, and organize the work in order to meet deadlines, ensuring compliance with established processes, policies, and regulations. * 2. Ability to communicate tactfully and effectively, both orally and in writing, in order to meet program objectives. This may include preparing reports in various formats and presenting data to various organizational levels. * 3. Advanced knowledge of the technical health care process as it relates to access to care. * 4. Advanced knowledge of managing a clinic. This includes independently utilizing reference sources, decision making, and empowering the team to collaborate and resolve problems within a complex systems environment. * 5. Advanced knowledge of policies and procedures associated with operational activities that affect the patient flow, patient care, and the revenue process. * 6. Advanced knowledge of medical terminology due to the technical nature of language utilized by clinicians. References: VA Handbook 5005/53 PART II APPENDIX G45 MEDICAL SUPPORT ASSISTANT Qualification Standards. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.The full performance level of this vacancy is . The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy.
Physical Requirements: The work of the positions is primarily sedentary and requires no special physical demands. It may involve some walking, standing, bending, or carrying of light items. Concentration and sustained performance under prolonged stress is required because of the time factors involved with completion of work. Work involves extended periods of keyboarding.
IMPORTANT: There is no education substitution at the GS - 6 level.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
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If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: 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.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
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Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 05/03/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10475191.
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NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.
Agency contact information
(843) 577-5011 X4848
Ralph H Johnson Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center 109 Bee Street Charleston, SC 29401 US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/530601300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 04/15/2019 to 05/03/2019
Pay scale & grade: GS 6
Salary: $37,223 to $48,385 per year
Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Full-Time