CHRISTUS Health is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system. Its dimension, strength and depth of service place CHRISTUS among the top ten Catholic health systems in the United States. We are inspired by our mission, vision and core values to deliver compassionate, high quality health care, improving the health of the communities we serve. We are seeking a Board Eligible*/ Board Certified Family Practice Physicians to join us in Texarkana, TX. If interested in learning more, apply today!
JOB TITLE: Physician
REPORTS TO: Clinically: Chief or Regional Medical Officer
Administratively: Vice President/Director of Physician Alignment
Medical School graduate with a Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy degree from an approved medical school, or possession of Standard Certificates as issued by the Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates. Possesses an active, unrestricted medical license in the state(s) of practice as issued by the medical licensing authority of that state. Maintains all relevant licensure commensurate with his/her professional responsibilities.
Provides professional medical services as defined below and organized under the six core competencies of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The definitions and assessments of competencies referenced in this document are provided by the ACGME Outcomes Project:
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1. Patient Care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
2. Develops and documents a plan of care for each patient, including a complete medical history that includes essential and accurate information, a physical examination, diagnosis of the causes of injuries and illnesses, appropriate treatment and/or referral, and hospital visitations when necessary.
3. Makes informed diagnostic and therapeutic decisions based on patient information, current scientific evidence, clinical judgment and patient preference.
4. Utilizes appropriate evidence-based medical guidelines and protocols.
5. Prescribes and performs competently all medical procedures considered essential for the scope of practice.
6. Counsels patients, their families and caregivers.
7. Provides effective health maintenance along with anticipatory guidance.
8. Utilizes information technology to optimize patient care.
9. Refers those cases that require specialist services and will maintain responsibility for assuring that those services are required.
10. Maintains privileges at local CHRISTUS and either provides or arranges a pre-approved alternative such for hospitalist services and provides follow-up hospital care in coordination with hospital discharge instructions.
11. Orders immunization of patients against communicable diseases as indicated and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
12. Medical Knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g. epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.
13. Demonstrates investigatory and analytic approach to clinical problem solving and knowledge acquisition.
14. Comprehends, applies and teaches the basic and clinically supportive sciences that are appropriate to their medical specialty.
15. Maintains knowledge base necessary to appropriately code for services provided, including participation in medical record internal audits and selected educational efforts as prescribed by CPG.
Practice-Based Learning and Improvement:
16. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement that involves investigation and evaluation of their own patient care, appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care.
17. Analyzes practice experience and performs practice-based improvement activities utilizing a systematic methodology.
18. Locate, appraise and assimilate evidence from scientific studies related to their patients' health problems.
19. Obtains and utilizes information from the practice's patient population as-well-as the larger population from which the practice's patients are drawn.
20. Applies knowledge of study designs and statistical methods to the appraisal of clinical studies and other information on diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness.
21. Utilizes information technology, peer review and self-assessment to promote life-long learning.
22. Facilitates the learning of students and other healthcare professionals.
23. Participates as directed in Focused Professional Practice Evaluation(s).
24. Participates as directed in Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation(s).
25. Participates as directed in network quality improvement projects/pilots and agrees to follow its protocols and directives. This also includes CPG approved operational and business related functions/tools at the practice.
26. Participates in continuing professional education to keep his/her medical knowledge and professional competence at a level determined by the Chief Medical Officer and in accordance with credentialing guidelines and CPG policies.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills:
27. Interpersonal and Communication Skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and other health professionals.
28. Communicates effectively to create and sustain meaningful and therapeutic relationships with patients, their families and caregivers.
29. Works effectively with others as a member or leader of a healthcare team or other professional group.
30. Attends monthly physician partner meetings and actively participates in marketing efforts to build, maintain, and sustain a thriving practice.
31. Uses oral and written communication skills to effectively convey ideas in a clear, positive manner that is consistent with the CHRISTUS Mission.
32. Professionalism, as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
33. Demonstrates dignity, integrity, excellence, compassion and stewardship.
34. Demonstrates a responsiveness to the needs of patients and society that supercedes self-interest.
35. Remains accountable to patients, society and the profession.
36. Demonstrates a commitment to ethical principles pertaining to the provision or withholding of clinical care, confidentiality of patient information, informed consent and business practices.
37. Demonstrates sensitivity and responsiveness to a diverse patient population including, but not limited to, diversity in gender, age, culture, race and religion.
38. Practices medicine within the guidelines of his/her specialty. However, agrees to see patients outside of his/her specialty, in case of emergency, or other special situations as determined by the Chief Medical Officer.
39. Works with management to establish and maintain appropriate charges for the services provided including the submission of all charges, accurately coded with sufficient supporting documentation and submitted within company guidelines and policies.
40. Participates in Evaluation and Management coding audits as detailed in CPG's Coding of Procedures and Diagnoses for Provider Billing P/P# 400.001.
41. Follows the CHRISTUS Provider Network guidelines related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), designed to prevent or detect unauthorized disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI).
42. Maintains strict confidentiality.
43. Fulfills all requirements as detailed in individual employment agreement.
44. Maintains ethical and professional standards of applicable national, state and local medical societies and licensing agencies.
45. Maintains Board Certification as detailed in CPG's policy Board Certification for Physicians P/P# 600.014.
46. Maintains integrity by supporting and complying with the CHRISTUS Code of Ethics and Mission and Vision statement.
47. Works to provide high quality care and maintain patient satisfaction while at all times treating patients with respect and dignity.
48. Systems-Based Practice, as manifested by actions that demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.
49. Develops and displays a knowledge of how types of medical practice and delivery systems differ from one another including methods of controlling healthcare costs and the allocation of resources.
50. Practices cost-effective health care and resource allocation that does not compromise the quality of health care delivered.
51. Advocates for quality health care and assists patients with navigating the complexities of the system.
52. Partners with healthcare managers and healthcare providers to assess, coordinate and improve health care.
53. Understands and appreciates the reciprocal impact of personal professional practice, healthcare teams and the healthcare organization on society.
54. Documents all patient encounters with the athenaHealth software suite including, but not limited to, athenaClinicals, athenaCommunicator and athenaCollector. Maintains proficiency in the use of the athenahealth software suite through participation in educational and implementation programs as a requirement of employment.
55. Stresses the importance of preventive medicine and utilizes all available resources in a cost effective manner, such as laboratory and radiological testing as aids in diagnosing and confirming or denying the presence of disease.
56. Prescribes and/or dispenses required medication to clients as medically indicated using electronic prescribing method(s) when available. Utilizes generic formulations of medications when appropriate. Ensures documentation for all prescribed medications in the patient record.
57. Prepares and signs medical records and related reports in a timely manner (generally within the close of the same business day as the patient encounter). Maintains a medical record for each patient in a legible format with appropriate documentation of services rendered. Properly documents and codes each patient encounter in the patient's medical record to assure medical accuracy and appropriate billing.
58. Seeks methods for cost containment within the assigned area of responsibility. Assists management as necessary, including periodic review to ensure that the practice is efficient and cost effective for the services provided.
59. Supports and adheres to Commitment to Excellence goals in Clinical Quality, Service Quality, Community Value and Business Literacy.
60. Provides medical supervision to the assigned staff or other health professionals. Reviews and evaluates the credentials of any supervised Nurse Practitioner(s), Clinical Staff or Physician Assistant(s) in conjunction with all state and federal regulations when the above ancillary professionals work with the physician in a mutually agreeable fashion. Participates in associate performance reviews as directed.
61. Participates in community education functions and assists community health groups in a medical advisory capacity (e.g. CHRISTUS Regional Medical Staff; local Medical Society; etc.). Documents said activity by completing Associate Voluntary Services Reporting Form.
62. Adheres to and abides by established CHRISTUS Physician Group policies, procedures, objectives, quality improvement initiatives, safety, environmental and infection control.
63. Implements job responsibilities in a manner that is consistent with the CHRISTUS Mission and Code of Ethics and supportive of CHRISTUS Physician Group's cultural diversity objectives. Treats all CHRISTUS Physician Group Associates with dignity and respect.
64. Supports and adheres to CPG's Service Guarantee.
65. Performs other related work as required.
Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant and other assigned staff.
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:
Frequent exposure to communicable diseases, bodily fluids, toxic substances, medicinal preparations and other conditions common to a clinic environment. Occasional evening or weekend work. Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients, manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Requires standing and walking for prolonged periods of time. Occasionally lifts and carries items weighing up to 100 pounds. Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range. Requires working under stressful conditions and working irregular hours.