Ophthalmologist has a shared responsibility for operations of the facility Ophthalmology program. The Ophthalmologist shall be proficient in all aspects of Ophthalmology including the ability to perform selected specialty services. A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a Highly Qualified Individual. This vacancy will remain open until filled. The first cut-off date is 10/13/21. Additional applications will be referred as needed. The Ophthalmologist Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Ensure appropriate processes are used for credentialing and granting privileges to Ophthalmology professionals. Review and recommend appropriate sharing agreements, service agreements and inter-facility agreements. Serve as local liaison to Ophthalmology professional organizations, government agencies, Non-VA service providers, and other departments within the facility. Ensure appropriate documentation and accurate coding of completed Ophthalmology procedures based on the VHA Ophthalmology Coding Standards and Requirements which are found on the Ophthalmology Reporting and Analytics website. Ensure the appropriate scope of care is provided for Ophthalmology patients. Work with local leadership to develop and publish Ophthalmology policy and procedures that conform to the dictates of the National Criteria and Standards for Ophthalmology Program, Make determinations on the clinical aspects of Ophthalmology eligibility. Responsible for administration of the Outpatient Fee Ophthalmology program including review of treatment plans for approval/disapproval, and adjustment of submitted fees consistent with the Schedule of Maximum Allowances for Fee Ophthalmology Services. The Schedule of Maximum Allowances must be reviewed at least annually. The Ophthalmologist should possess the expertise and competency to perform the following: Perform routine and complex examinations on the eyes. Diagnose optical concerns with patients appropriately. Perform simple and complex ophthalmic surgeries. Administer medications and/or sedate properly with optical surgeries. Perform laser, biopsies, and other routine surgical procedures. Perform any prosthetic Ophthalmology procedures or enter consults appropriately. Perform compensation and pension (C&P) exams when needed. Patient care is performed in the Ophthalmology Clinic at the Big Spring campus of WTVAHCS. Perform assigned administrative duties required for operation of West Texas VA Health Care System (WTV AHCS) Ophthalmology Service. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): available for highly qualified candidates Below are some of the benefits enjoyed by Physicians who work for the VA! VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 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 Work Schedule: Regular Monday through Friday (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Bargaining Unit: This is a Bargaining Unit position Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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