Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Support Assistant (Advanced) Call Center in Indianapolis, Indiana
Summary The incumbent functions as a Call Center Advanced Medical Support Assistant (AMSA), providing administrative support to the Health Administration Service. The AMSA will be responsible for scheduling, cancellations, and re-scheduling of patients' appointments and/or consults; enters no-show information; prepares for clinic visits by reviewing the daily schedule with the care team; monitors both inpatient and outpatient consults for areas of responsibility. Responsibilities The Advanced MSA supports the Health Administration Service with ongoing management of contacting veterans and their caregivers for scheduling, canceling, and re-scheduling appointments and/or consults; entering no-show information; preparing for clinic visits; verifying and updating demographics and insurance information; processing records from outside medical care, and obtaining copies of form DD214 (Report of Military Separation) as needed for eligibility and benefit determination. Day to day tasks include, but may not be limited to: a. Knowledgeably utilizes VA scheduling software including RMS and Virtual Care Manager in establishing patient appointments within the appropriate desired date. b. Adheres to CSP protocol on patient outreach attempts and ensures appointments entered in RMS are accurately reflected in CPRS. c. Appointments are cancelled/rescheduled according to established protocols and informational note is entered in CPRS. d. Patients receive a call 24-hours in advance and are reminded of scheduled appointments. e. Verifies and updates demographic and eligibility information in computer systems. f. Refers all questions requiring immediate medical or clinical attention to the appropriate health care team member. The incumbent utilizes various reports to complete assigned tasks, such as EARR (Error Action Required report), 1st time appointment reports, consults due reports, and other national, VISN, and locally developed reports. Additional day to day tasks includes, but may not be limited to: a. Assists in the update, development, and maintenance of program materials, packets, and other printed materials. b. Assists with the orientation/on the job training of new staff. c. Completes work orders and contacts appropriate staff when requested to support the environment of care. d. Prepares correspondence to support the administrative functions of the assigned team; all correspondence is neatly formatted and checked for appropriate spelling and grammar, all documents are the current version, and outgoing Certified mail meets USPS standards. e. Participates in scheduling/phone audits and reviews to ensure effective scheduling practices. f. May have other administrative duties assigned, including but not limited to records management, and calendar management for assigning conference rooms. The incumbent provides support for the Health Administration Service and also cross trained in many of the specific job functions of other support staff performing duties such as resulting consults, scanning, and providing front desk coverage. This versatility enables the incumbent to provide cross coverage for time sensitive administrative duties needing completion when those staff with primary responsibility are unavailable. Work Schedule: 7:30am - 4:00pm Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 00000 Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination. Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. 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. AND In addition to meeting basic requirement listed above, applicant must possess at least one year experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level, that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position. To qualify for the GS-6 grade level, you must have one year of experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level. Examples of qualifying experience includes, but is not limited, to the following: answering phones, greeting patients, relaying messages to appropriate staff inside or outside of the unit, scheduling appointments, interpreting and verifying provider orders in accordance with scheduling guidelines; re-scheduling patient appointments and/or consults; entering no-show information; monitoring appointment requests from multiple electronic sources; and, verifying and updating demographics and insurance information when patients check-in for appointments. Grandfathering Provision: May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Physical requirements: Outlined below. English Language Proficiency: MSAs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3.j. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a VA job announcement includes language requiring applicants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply to this Job Announcement. VA may request information regarding your vaccination status, if selected, for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.