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Medical Support Assistant


Company: Veterans Health Administration
Expected salary:
Location: Fresno, CA
Vaga de Medical Support Assistant

Job description: SummaryThis is an open continuous announcement for the Medical Support Assistant position at the Fresno VA. Applicants who apply and found qualified are referred to the hiring manager when there are openings.QualificationsBasic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy
  • Experience and Education: Experience
  • Six months experience of clerical, office, customer service, or other administrative work that indicates the ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position; OR Education
  • One year above high school; OR Experience/Education Combination
  • Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable
  • Grade Determinations:GS-3: None beyond the basic requirements
  • Candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s): Ability to meet, communicate, and interact with individuals in a courteous and helpful manner in order to give instructions and arrange appointments
  • Ability to utilize computer systems to enter administrative data in patient systems
  • Ability to learn and utilize basic medical terminology to record patient messages and physician requests pertaining to follow-up medical care
  • GS-4: One year of experience in clerical, office, customer service or other administrative work that indicates the ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position OR two (2) years of education above high school AND possess the following KSA’s: Ability to meet, communicate and interact with individuals from varying backgrounds and other health care team members in a courteous and helpful manner in order to facilitate medical care for patients
  • Ability to use and navigate between various types of office automation equipment and software (i.e
  • computer systems, web based scheduling programs, insurance collection system, scanning software, multiple line phone systems, electronic faxing programs) to support patient care
  • Knowledge of basic medical terminology to assist in the provision of care to patients
  • Skill in recording patient messages and understanding physician requests pertaining to follow-up medical care in internal or external clinics
  • GS-5: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-4) OR four (4) years of education above high school AND possess the following KSA’s: Ability to operate computerized programs and systems in order to enter, modify, and retrieve sensitive medical and patient identifying information (PII) into or from electronic health records, scheduling systems, and/or reports
  • Advanced knowledge of medical terminology specific to understand medical diagnosis and procedures sufficient to communicate clinical staff instructions to patients
  • Ability to schedule medical appointments in a clinical setting
  • Ability to work independently in the accomplishment of a wide variety of duties performing patient support work
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally in person, electronically, and/or by telephone, with internal and external customers
  • Skill in customer service with the ability to identify customer concerns, and refer to the appropriate staff, as necessary, to ensure a satisfactory resolution References: Medical Support Assistant Qualification Standard, GS-0679, VA Handbook 5005/117, Part II, Appendix G45
  • The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5
  • The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-5
  • Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, although some walking, standing, bending, and carrying light items such as books, papers, and files may be required.
Duties “The MSA greets patients, relays messages to appropriate staff inside or outside of the unit, schedules appointments, including interpreting and verifying provider orders in accordance with VHA national scheduling guidelines.
Assignments at this level include, but are not limited to: Scheduling, canceling, re-scheduling appointments and/or consults; Entering no-show information; monitoring appointment requests from multiple electronic sources; Participating in huddles with other MSAs and/or clinic staff to determine the daily needs of the clinic; Monitoring both inpatient and outpatient appointments in areas of responsibility; Verifying and updating demographics and insurance information when patients check in to appointments; Coordinates administrative functions relating to emergency and non-emergency transfers to other VA facilities or private hospitals and determines appointment type based on the patient’s eligibility status.
Work schedule: Various to include Rotation, Evenings, and Weekends.
Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required”