This position is located in the Cardiology Department under the Medicine Clinical Directorate at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, Illinois. FHCC is larger than just a single facility, but rather a system of facilities throughout Northeastern Illinois which provide medical and dental services to U.S. Military Active Duty, Recruits, Veterans, and eligible beneficiaries. Provide direct patient care specific to subspecialty in the inpatient and ambulatory clinic settings. Provide timely screening and resolution of consultations from other disciplines in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Provide a full range of therapeutic interventions specific to subspecialty to units/programs in the Medical Center to which they are assigned and have clinical privileges to practice including diagnostic assessment, medication evaluation and management. Order diagnostic tests and discriminate between normal and abnormal findings and makes appropriate treatment decisions. Documentation of care in the medical record in keeping with the bylaws of the Medical Center. Provide supervisory oversight for residents, fellows, medical students, NP/PA students, as appropriate, who are assigned to the Cardiology Service Provide supervisory oversight of the clinical care on the inpatient service and ambulatory clinic of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants as appropriate Participates effectively in team meetings and treatment planning conferences and collaborates with multidisciplinary team members in a manner that enhances coordination of comprehensive patient care. Provide weekend and holiday coverage of the Cardiology consultation service in rotation with other staff cardiologists. Ensures that the practice of medicine is consistent with Joint Commission, CARP, VA policies and procedures, clinical practice guidelines, VISN standards, national statutes and regulations, medical record documentation, mandatory continuing education, and HIPPA policies. Other duties as assigned by the Chief of Cardiology and/or Service Chief, Medicine within clinical privileges to meet the needs of the organization. Provides leadership guidance and consultation to staff on units to which assigned. Is involved in the supervision and teaching of house staff and other trainees assigned to unit as appropriate. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assist in implementation of treatment plan as appropriate regarding their patients. Is responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, as appropriate. Plans and oversees the completion of personal research programs that might further the educational and mission goals of the VA healthcare system. Working to ensure timely Patient Access to clinic and procedure appointments. Assignment and ensuring the completion of Peer Reviews Assignment and ensuring the completion of Focused and Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluations. Evaluating and enhancing productivity through best coding practices. Participate in, and attend, CME activities and VA continuing educational activities. Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief of Cardiology Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Provides contribution in improving and sustaining the quality and effectiveness of care in diverse or complex programs. Identifies outcomes that can be improved and leads the performance improvement process to improve and/or sustain clinical and administrative outcomes. Identifies and develops and/or initiates programs to ensure a safe and therapeutic environment for patients and staff. Provides input in the development, implementation, and review/revision of policies, protocols, procedures, standards of care, and competencies for complex and diverse integrated programs and evaluates operational outcomes. Participates in research studies or projects Conducts clinical rounds as needed to identify staff concerns and education needs. Collaborates with staff, other disciplines, faculty, and peers in developing, conducting, and evaluating research activities and programs. Assists processes to support evidence-based clinical and administrative practice, including developing, conducting, and evaluating research activities. Follows guidelines for establishing and maintaining safety for staff and self. Uses appropriate principles of body mechanics when performing work assignments. Advises supervisor of unsafe working conditions. Follows all safety rules and regulations of the Hospital. Work Schedule: 0800-1630
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.