The Chief of Medicine provides leadership for the hospital's medical programs to ensure achievement of clinical goals and performance measures. The role is responsible for hands on clinical work, oversight/administration of all aspects of care by providers and trainees in primary care, inpatient medicine, and medical specialties. Also, this position has broad oversight of Educational and Research programs in the Department. This Chief of Medicine a senior medical position, Board-certified with experience which is progressive in breadth and intensity. Duties include, but are not limited to: Accountable to the COS for all professional/administrative activities within MSL including selection, orientation, continuing education of staff, coordination and integration of interdepartmental and intradepartmental services, the development and implementation of policies and procedures that guide and support the provisions of services, recommendations for a sufficient number of qualified and competent persons to provide care/service, recommendations for space and other resources needed by Sections for Medicine Service. Responsible for the quality of patient care rendered by members of the service including access, efficiency, effectiveness, and appropriateness of care and treatment of patients served by the service. Responsible for the continuous maintenance, assessment, and improvement of the quality of care/services provided. This includes the development of a written QA plan, including medical record review, mortality reviews, risk management, infection control, and utilization review as reported by committees tasked with these functions and/or direct evaluation of the service chief. Transmit to the Professional Standards Board recommendations concerning classification, appointment, and delineation of clinical privileges for all staff and others requesting privileges in Medical Service after development and approval of such criteria by the service members. Maintain surveillance of the professional performance of staff members with clinical privileges in Medical Service, and report thereon to the Professional Standards Board, when required or indicated, thus assuring that individuals with clinical privileges competently provide service within the scope of privileges granted. Responsible for the determination of the qualifications and competence of service personnel who provide patient care services. This will include the assessment of collected performance data to ensure the continuing competence of these individuals. Responsible for assessing and recommending to center management off-site sources for needed patient care services not provided by the service or the hospital. Chair service meetings and is responsible for advising staff members of the recommendations and implications of Medical Executive Board action as it concerns the service and Medical Center. Responsible for the teaching, education, and research programs of the MSL. Assist the COS in the enforcement of the policies of the Medical Center Bylaws, and Rules/Regulations of the staff. Responsible for, and assist in the preparation of, reports pertaining to Medical Service as required by VA regulations, Station policy, and Clinical Executive Board recommendations. Serves on hospital committees and task forces, both standing and ad hoc, as appropriate. Serves as attending physician for patient care within the scope of privileges granted. Takes call, within the scope of privileges, granted as needed. Provides direct clinical and administrative oversight for medical students and Internal Medicine residents, and fellows from Loyola University Medical Center. Candidates should have qualifications and experience for academic facility appointment at academic affiliate. Provides patients with accurate, compassionate, and cost-effective treatment. Responsible for providing services in an efficient, high-quality, cost effective manner within budget allocation. Has basic understanding of managed care practices, including health care finance, billing, coding and documentation. Has knowledge, ability and willingness to use and promote the dissemination among clinical staff of current automated technology for Health Information Management Sections (HIMS), patient data tracking, patient orders, etc. Performance reflects and demonstrates support of the Medical Service, Chief of Staff, Medical Center Director's, VISN Network and national goals. Ensures proper maintenance of patient records and files that are pertinent to the service. Follows HIPPA guidelines regarding patient information and ensures the timely completion of daily notes with accurate documentation and coding of services rendered. Follows established safety practices and reports concerns as promptly as possible to unsafe conditions, unsafe practices or any occupational illness or injury sustained. Adheres to all safety and health standards, regulations and work practices. Uses proper protective equipment as required. Understands the hospital-based quality/safety function Familiar with/employs diagnostic and therapeutic treatment plans that satisfy current standards of care Education of students and residents via direct patient care and traditional didactics Knowledge of CPRS/VISTA and knowledge of how to access imaging and lab studies Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: M-F, 7:30am-4:00pm
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