Physician (Chief of Primary Care)

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
February 15, 2014
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Quality Care Our Heroes Deserve

Now is the time to take your career to the next level and become part of the high-caliber talent that is VA. Experience what 250,000 current VA employees already have state-of-the art practice settings, access to the latest technology, a multi-disciplinary team environment and the opportunity to provide the men and women who have bravely served this country with the finest patient care, benefits and customer satisfaction. And with VA Patient Satisfaction Scores leading the healthcare industry, you'll be joining one of the most respected facilities in the Nation.

The Alexandria VA Health Care System is seeking a Chief of Primary Care who will be responsible for planning, developing, implementing, managing, and refining a comprehensive patient management setting. The Alexandria VA Health Care System, Alexandria, Louisiana is a Joint Commission accredited, complexity level 3 facility serving Veterans within 23 of Louisiana's 64 parishes. The VAMC is located in Pineville, Louisiana with community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) in Jennings, Lafayette, Fort Polk, and Natchitoches, Louisiana.

The Chief, Primary Care, is a creative, experienced and dynamic leader and visionary with

strong administrative, interpersonal and organizational skills. As a key

member of the clinical leadership team,youhavethe administrative

and managerial responsibilities for Alexandria VA Health Care System (AVAHCS)

Primary Care Services and reports directly to the Chief of Staff. The

Chiefmust possess a broad spectrum of clinical and administrative

knowledge which provides the ability to manage a primary care program,

specifically with regard to Veteran and Staff customer satisfaction, quality of

services provided, and efficiency of service delivery.

The Chief, Primary Care, will provide leadership and direction for the primary care

providers, clinical leaders and administrative support staff located at the

Alexandria VA Medical Center and the Community Based Outpatient Clinics(CBOCs).

You areresponsible for planning, developing, implementing, managing,

and refining a comprehensive patient management, clinical support, and

administrative program which provides services and technical counsel necessary

to meet clinical, procedural, legal and administrative requirements relating to

the care and treatment of outpatients to achieve maximum utilization of patient

care resources in a cost-effective, efficient, and timely manner. A comprehensive

skill set of clinical and administrative expertise is required to integrate

primary functions among the Medical Center, and Community Based Outpatient

Clinics (CBOCs), and coordinate Veteran care with entities. TheChief is

responsible for implementing VHA Handbooks, rules, directives, policies and

regulations governing a widespread range of administrative aspects. In order to

affect and effectively manage VHA policies,you must have skills in

management theory, cost-benefit analysis, and statistical analysis. The

Chiefwill be committed to supporting Patient Centered Care, to include the

Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) model.You will also provide direct patient

care, and coverage for primary care panels, which will be commensurate/proportionate

with his/her administrative time.

The Chief, Primary Care, will participate as a member, lead or champion of process

improvement teams, leadership committees such as Executive Committee of the

Medical Staff, Patient Aligned Care Team Committees, Peer Review Committee,

etc. He/she is tasked with providing active leadership and decision making; is

responsible for strategic and tactical planning, the budget process, and

performance improvement initiatives for the organization.You must

demonstrate knowledge and skills in interpersonal relations, including the

ability to appropriately and courteously relate to internal and external


The Chief,Primary Care, is responsible for assuring services provided meet the standards

set by accrediting agencies which govern the quality of care for this Medical

Center. The incumbent will initiate and supervise the hiring of new primary

care physicians and other providers; oversee the quality of care and

performance of primary care providers across all delivery methods associated

with primary care practices. This will include initiating and maintaining

credentialing and privileging, ongoing quality care projects, and educational

programs for primary care providers. TheChief will ensure appropriate

primary care provider workload, efficiency, productivity, and patient access is

met to include institutional benchmarks for clinical care delivery.

Required Skills:



order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:

Basic Requirements:

1. Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

2. Education: 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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:

(1) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.

(2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

(3) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.

3. Licensure and Registration: 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. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure. The facility Director may waive this licensure requirement if the physician is to serve in a country other than the United States and the physician has licensure in that country.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Pre-employment Physical Required

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: This position requires completion of a 2-year probationary period, if not already served. This position also requires completion of a 1-year SUPERVISORY/MANAGERIAL probationary period.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: Physicians, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The VA has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA for a period of six months. This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564. This is a testing designated position.


VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part

II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human

Resources Office.




Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the

U.S. Department of Education. Applicants

can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be

verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements,

you will be asked to produce a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency.


Preference: When

applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the

Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy

of your DD-214(s), SF-15 (as applicable) and/or documentation related to your

active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service

(honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. For more information, please review the information

for disabled Veterans in the applicationchecklist or visit


Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting

documentation will be reviewed. Please

follow all instructions carefully. Errors

or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your


Bring your expertise to VA and be valued as part of a team that is recognized and respected for significant contributions to medicine. You'll enjoy a patient-focused environment, terrific benefits and incentives, and the ability to practice at any VA facility in the country.

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