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Physician (Ophthalmologist)

Big Spring, TX, USA | USA Government

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This position will be open until December 31, 2020. Applicants will be referred every week to the selecting official until all positions have been filled. First Cut-Off date is 3/10/2020 .

Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases.

Paid Time Off: 49-54 days paid time off per year (26 days annual leave, 13 days' sick leave, 10 federal holidays).

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 stipend + possible 1 week paid authorized absence to attend.

Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided.

Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting.

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The staff ophthalmologist has a shared responsibility for operations of the facility Ophthalmology program. Specifically, they are responsible to:

1. Ensure appropriate processes are used for credentialing and granting privileges to Ophthalmology professionals.

2. Review and recommend appropriate sharing agreements, service agreements and inter-facility agreements.

3. Serve as local liaison to Ophthalmology professional organizations, government agencies, Non-VA service providers, and other departments within the facility.

4. 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.

5. Ensure the appropriate scope of care is provided for Ophthalmology patients.

6. 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, VHA Handbook 1130.01. This Ophthalmology Services Policy and Procedure Manual must be readily available to all Ophthalmology personnel.

7. Make determinations on the clinical aspects of Ophthalmology eligibility.

8. 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 shall be proficient in all aspects of Ophthalmology including the ability to perform selected specialty services. Specifically, the provider should possess the expertise and competency to perform the following:

1. Perform routine and complex examinations on the eyes.

2. Diagnose optical concerns with patients appropriately.

3. Perform simple and complex optical surgeries.

4. Administer medications and/or sedate properly with optical surgeries.

5. Perform laser, biopsies, and other routine surgical procedures.

6. Perform any prosthetic Ophthalmology procedures or enter consults appropriately.

7. Perform routine endodontic procedures on single and multi-canal teeth.

8. Perform compensation and pension (C&P) exams when needed.

9. Patient care is performed in the Ophthalmology Clinic at the Big Spring campus of WTVAHCS.

10. Perform assigned administrative duties required for operation of West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) Ophthalmology Service.

The scope of practice that a specific provider may perform is defined through the WTVAHCS credentialing and privileging process.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Designated and/or random drug testing 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

Must pass pre-employment physical examination


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.

Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.

Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.

Proficiency in spoken and written English.

Physical requirements outlined below.

Preferred Experience: 1. Experienced cataract surgeon; 2. Strong interest in teaching; Team player

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: Moderate Lifting/Carrying, (15-44 pounds); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; both hands required; Walking (6 hours); Standing (2 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Both eyes required; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and Emotional stability.


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