The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Quality Management Technologist) provides authoritative consultative services to management at all levels of the organization as it applies to quality management (QM) and/or quality assurance (QA) in Imaging Service. Incumbent maintains the service line's performance improvement program and ensures monitoring of components, as well as evaluate, develop, advises, and executes QM/QA program short term and long-term strategic planning for Imaging Service. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. Certification: All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology, Radiography (ARRT) (R). Education. Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months in duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or from other accrediting agencies as recognized by the Department of Education (DOE). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements above, candidates must meet the following grade requirements. GS-11 Quality Management Technologist Experience: At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled that demonstrates the clinical competencies. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of all Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and VA standards regarding radiology quality assurance and other technical functions. 2. Ability to train staff on quality assurance and control. 3. Knowledge of inventory management systems. 4. Knowledge of x-ray and other image-producing machinery in order to design and operate a complete radiology quality assurance program. 5. Knowledge of physics and [physical properties of CR and DR panels and image production to diagnose difficulties in x-ray machinery and post processing equipment Assignment. This position has full oversight responsibility of departmental Quality Management program and may also include oversight of a departmental Quality Improvement (QI) program. That may include directing the work of lower graded staff. The technologist performs daily inspection[s] of radiographic units to ensure proper mechanical functionality [ ] and] ensures daily functionality of CR readers. [The technologist provides inservice training for technologists and other personnel involved in the operation and maintenance of CR readers, DR panels, and other PACS type of operations maintained within the department. The technologist] coordinates scheduling of preventative maintenance for modalities either through biomedical engineering or local contractor service. The technologist works with physicists to ensure compliance with radiation safety program and for acceptance testing of all new installations of equipment. The technologist maintains accurate records, as required by management, for quality assurance analysis, quality control, performance improvement, and other related purposes. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G25 - Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Qualification Standards. Physical Requirements: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, and pushing. Must satisfactorily complete a pre-employment physical. See VA Directive Handbook 5019. Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds), Moderate carrying (15-44 pounds), Use of fingers with both hands, walking (4 hours) and Standing (4 hours) with both legs, Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Near vision correctable at 13' to 16' to Jaeger 1 to 4, Hearing (aid permitted), Mental and Emotional Stability required. ["Major duties include but are not limited to the following; Serves as a recognized expert and provides authoritative consultative services to management at all levels of the organization. Executes and assists with monitoring Imaging personnel compliance with VHA, JC, OIG, OSHA, ACR, FDA, MQSA, and National Health Physics Program (NHPP) requirements. Provides in-service training to technologists and other personnel involved in the operation and maintenance of Imaging systems. Assists service and/or coordinates with Biomedical and/or service engineers all scheduling of preventive maintenance for modalities. Ensure daily functionality and quality control testing of modalities. Creates and applies reengineering and continuous performance improvement initiatives, within the diagnostic service line and/or the organization. Maintains accurate records, as required by management, for quality Imaging Service's performance improvement program and ensures monitoring of components as well as evaluate, develop, advises, and executes QM/QA program short term and long-term strategic planning for Imaging Service. Identifies, defines, and resolves issues associated with complex aspects of the collected data, and initiates corrective actions when equipment does not meet the established. Interacts and communicates with leadership, management officials, persons/groups, and organizations within and outside the Medical Center involved in quality management and/or quality assurance and control. Incumbent will perform technical writing and inquiries as assigned to complete report and queries from Service, VISN, ICC, and IBOD. Provides authoritative representation and interaction with management officials, other departments or organizations involved quality assurance and performance improvement. Supports and represents the Administrative Officer, Chief Technologist, and Chief of Imaging Service at committee meetings and other meetings. Applies concepts of quality design that are consistent with current or future series of standards for quality management. Coordinates systematic instrument and equipment quality assessment program with leads and supervisors to ensure that maintenance is current and performance failures are documented, tracked and corrected. Evaluates monitors and coordinates processes to optimize delivery of patient care services including improvements in appointment scheduling and access to care while reducing wait times. Works with various managers and information specialists to ensure accuracy of QA data collection, including workload, errors, and coding. Assists Service, leads, supervisors and managers with preparing and coordinating QA activity and preparing data for various inspections including Joint Commission, American College of Radiology (ACR), NHPP, FDA, OIG, and MQSA. Interacts with facility's and Imaging Service's safety managers (including radiation safety and MRI safety) to integrate the safety program into QA plan. Incumbent works with Radiation Safety Officer to ensure compliance with Radiation Safety Program and that Imaging Services is compliant with JC and NHPP guidelines for acceptance testing of all imaging equipment. Work with physicist to ensure compliance with radiation safety program and force acceptance testing of all new installations of equipment. Coordinates all scheduling of preventative maintenance for modalities either through supervisors, biomedical engineers or local contractor service. Incumbent is responsible for correction of any noted non-clinical deficiencies identified during any on-site inspections. He/she is an authorized user of the Government Purchase Card for Imaging Service. As an authorized user of this card the incumbent is responsible for meeting the standards for documentation and reconciliation of the purchase cards as set forth by Federal and VA Acquisition Regulation and policies, as well as local procedures, including but not limited to the following: socioeconomic goals, mandatory sources, Central Contractor Registration (CCR), Federal Procurement Data Systems (FPDS), Item Master File, Vendor File, and Unauthorized Commitment and Delinquent Obligation. Incumbent manages the Scheduling and Order Management guidelines/audits including, but not limited to, Community Care order/consults. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30 pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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