This position is exempt from Career Service under the CCH Personnel Rules.
In collaboration with a licensed Physician, the Physician Assistant Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) provides exceptional care to a diverse patient population with focus on persons with opioid use disorder (OUD). Promotes wellness and health maintenance by performing comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic medical services. Develops and implements patient management plans in providing continuity of care. Assesses and treats persons with OUD with medicated-assisted therapies. Supports and works in conjunction with collaborating physician in ACHN Family Medicine primary care clinics. Maintains professional and technical knowledge through continued educational programs and workshops supporting emerging healthcare trends. Performs duties within the legal guidelines of the Cook County Health (CCH) policies.
Provides and manages direct patient care
Conducts patient's health needs assessments
Obtains comprehensive history and performs detailed physical examinations to determine accurate diagnosis
Orders appropriate diagnostic tests or lab work necessary, i.e., x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), complete blood count (CBC), etc.
Informs and effectively communicates with patient test results and/or diagnosis
Identifies and communicates with supervisor any patient care issues; offers research guided recommendations for improvement initiatives if applicable
Works with project/grant staff to coordinate optimal care for persons with opioid use disorder
Develops and implements patient management plans in providing continuity of care
Performs procedures, treatments, and other subspecialty dependent modalities within the scope of the supervising physician to improve patient outcomes
Adheres to quality and patient safety standards set forth by CCH
Adheres to infection control policies and protocols, i.e., hand hygiene
Prescribes and dispenses medications utilizing best practices
Complies with federal, state and local legal and professional requirements.
Maintains professional licensing requirements and technical knowledge through continued educational programs and workshops supporting emerging healthcare trends
Successful completion of a Physician Assistant Program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or proof of completion of ARC-PA program two (2) weeks prior to starting employment
Completion and maintenance of certification by the National Commission on Certification of
Physician Assistants (NCCPA) or eligibility to obtain certification two (2) weeks prior to hire date
Current valid state of Illinois Physician Assistant License OR temporary license as a Physician Assistant from the State of Illinois, or eligibility to obtain license two (2) weeks prior to starting employment
Valid Illinois Controlled Substances License (ILCS) or ability to obtain license within six (6) months of starting employment
Valid licensure with the Federal DEA or ability to obtain license within six (6) months of starting employment
Must possess a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
Completion of Buprenorphine Waiver within six months of starting employment. Must maintain XDEA waiver.
One (1) year experience working with persons with opioid use disorder
Experience with an electronic medical record (EMR)
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
Knowledge of proper hand hygiene and hand washing techniques
Knowledge of infectious control policies and procedures
Thorough knowledge of Physician Assistant practices and principles and the ability to apply them in a clinical setting.
Excellent Physician Assistant clinical and technical skills
Knowledge and skill to perform mathematical accuracy in measuring and dispensing medication
Excellent verbal and written communication skills necessary to communicate with all levels of staff and a patient population composed of diverse cultures and age groups
Strong customer service and empathy skills
Demonstrates good computer and typing skills
Demonstrate good phone and email etiquette skills with strong response times
Demonstrate analytical and organizational, problem-solving, critical thinking, and conflict management/resolution skills
Demonstrate attention to detail, accuracy and precision
Ability to effectively communicate while maintaining HIPPA for PHI
Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines in a fast paced and stressful environment
Ability to adhere to department policies and standards utilizing best practices
Ability to maintain a professional demeanor and composure when challenged
Ability to function autonomously and as part of a multidisciplinary team
Ability to see and hear clearly (including with correction)
Ability to tolerate exposure to unpleasant noise, odor and temperature
*Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage
*Basic Term Life Insurance
*Deferred Compensation Program
*Paid Holidays, Vacation, and Sick Time
*You may also qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
When applying for employment with the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, preference is given to honorably discharged Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States for not less than 6 months of continuous service
To take advantage of this preference a Veteran must:
*Meetthe minimum qualifications for the position.
*Identify self as a Veteran on the employment application by answering yes to the question by answering yes to the question, "Are you a Military Veteran?"
*Attach a copy of their DD 214, DD 215 or NGB 22 (Notice of Separation at time of application filing.Please note:If you have multiple DD214s, 215s, or NGB 22S, Please submit the one with the latest date.Coast Guard must submit a certified copy of the military separation from either the Department of Transportation (Before 9/11) or the Department of Homeland Security (After 9/11). Discharge papers must list and Honorable Discharge Status.Discharge papers not listing an Honorable Discharge Status are not acceptable
A copy of a valid State ID Card or Driver's License which identifies the holder of the ID as a Veteran, may also be attached to the application at time of filing.
If items are not attached, you will not be eligible for Veteran Preference
VETERANS MUST PROVIDE ORIGINAL APPLICABLE DISCHARGE PAPERS OR APPLICABLE STATE ID CARD OR DRIVER'S LICENSE AT TIME OF INTERVIEW.
MUST MEET ALL REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AT TIME OF APPLICATION FILING.
***Degrees awarded outside of the United States with the exception of those awarded in one of the United States' territories and Canada must be credentialed by an approved U.S. credential evaluation service belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). Original credentialing documents must be presented at time of interview.***
***Must successfully meet the credentialing standards established by the Cook County Health and Hospitals System to include a State of Illinois PA license and any other license, certification, or specialized training, etc. no later than two (2) weeks prior to the candidate's start date.***
*Please note all offers of Employment are contingent upon the following conditions: satisfactory professional & employment references, healthcare and criminal background checks, appropriate licensure/certifications and the successful completion of a physical and pre-employment drug screen.
*CCHHS is strictly prohibited from conditioning, basing or knowingly prejudicing or affecting any term or aspect of County employment or hiring upon or because of any political reason or factor.
COOK COUNTY HEALTH AND HOSPITAL SYSTEMS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
ABOUT COOK COUNTY HEALTH (CCH)
The Cook County Health’s mission is to deliver integrated health services with dignity and respect regardless of a patient’s ability to pay; foster partnerships with other health providers and communities to enhance the health of the public; and advocate for policies that promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the people of Cook County.
CCH is comprised of two hospitals, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and Provident Hospital, a robust network of more than a dozen community health centers, the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, the Community Triage Center, the Cook County Department of Public Health, Cermak Health Services, which provides health care to individuals at the Cook County Jail and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and CountyCare, a Medicaid managed care health plan.
The system cares for more than 300,000 patients each year and its physicians are experts in their fields, committed to providing their patients with comprehensive, compassionate and cutting-edge care. Today, CCH is transforming the provision of health care in Cook County by promoting community-based primary and preventive care, growing an innovative, ...collaborative health plan and enhancing the patient experience.
COOK COUNTY HEALTH IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER