JOB TITLE: Physician Assistant FLSA: Exempt
DEPARTMENT: Medical Services
REPORTS TO: Medical Director
Under the supervision of the Physician, the Physician Assistant is responsible for delivering and providing a variety of functions necessary for admissions, treatment, assessment, diagnosis, and evaluation for opiate dependent adults in methadone maintenance treatment program.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provides direct patient care by identifying, reporting and addressing changes in the patient’s health status.
- Performs initial and annual physical examinations and takes patient health histories.
- Develops and initiates plan of care for patients and delivers on-going patient care based on this plan in an outpatient facility.
- Orders and interprets routine laboratory and test results.
- Writes prescription and medication orders in compliance with New York State Rules and Regulations governing the performance of Physician Assistant.
- Performs specific procedures, including but not necessarily limited to: administering immunization, injections, drawing blood specimens for testing, urinalysis, PPD placements, and other routine tests.
- Provides appropriate medical referrals for consultation and special testing to ensure optimum quality of patient care.
- Communicates daily with Nursing and other clinical staff and care providers to identify client needs so that they can be incorporated into the daily work schedule.
- Ensures the integrity, proper organization, completeness and confidentiality of the patient record in accordance with agency policy and procedure.
- Identifies quality of care issues and makes recommendations for improvement to the Program Director and Medical Director.
- Facilitates positive relationships between medical, clinical, and management staff as well as external medical providers.
- Participates in interdisciplinary team process and attends case conferences.
- Performs other duties as requested by supervisor as needed.
- Graduate of an accredited Physician Assistant program culminating in a two-year academic degree-Associates OR a four-year degree-Bachelors.
- Current New York State Licensure as a Physician Assistant by the New York State Department of Education. Board Certified, preferred.
- Current CPR certification or ACLS
- A minimum of 1 year experience in addiction medicine or substance abuse treatment programs.
- Must be available to provide coverage for two adult methadone maintenance programs within the area.
- Bilingual- Spanish preferred.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Excellent interpersonal, supervisory and management skills.
- Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to patients with a variety of psycho social issues
- Familiarity with OASAS and DOH regulations
- Experience working with diverse populations.