This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more. If you are searching for a unique opportunity that includes an excellent federal benefits package with one of the largest healthcare networks, then the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) is for you. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. **Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): May be authorized for highly qualified applicants **Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Authorized- Please see the "Summary" section above for details. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting The Psychiatrist will be assigned to the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) section within Behavioral Health that treats patients from various clinics such as, inpatient, outpatient, CTAD, surgery, neurology, rehabilitation medicine geriatrics, Vet Centers and the National Center for Organizational Development. VA Staff Psychiatrists diagnose and treat behavior disorders through a variety of modalities and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment for the diagnosed disorders. Staff Psychiatrists prescribe medications according to their scope of practice. The primary duties of the Psychiatrist (BHIP) includes: Provides a full range of psychiatric services, Diagnoses behavioral disorders particularly for complex or unusually difficult Veterans. Provides comprehensive interventions. Provides consultation to professional staff with Behavioral Health as well as other specialty programs. Develops, implements and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of Veterans, including prompt completion of clinical reminders. Functions independently as a member of the Behavioral Health and VA Pittsburgh Medical Center, with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessments and findings, Veteran care decisions and documentation. Provides outreach services to Veterans and their families as needed and/or required. Develops and maintains a high-quality Inpatient Behavioral Health service while meeting all VISN and VACO Environment of Care and programmatic requirements. As requested, provides consultation for all Behavioral Health clinicians regarding the clinical care of complex cases. Assists the section chief and service chief in the design, development and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers when called upon to do so. Adheres to operational policies and procedures in all phases of assignments focusing on providing quality care to the Veterans. Assists the section chief and service chief in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the program. Facilitates liaisons with other medical programs in order to effectively coordinate services. Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely medical care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures and requirements, including timeliness standards for documentation with all notes and encounters, enters proper diagnostic and procedure codes. Complies with proper procedures for Veteran check-out, to insure continuation of care. Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the ACOS of Behavioral Health or higher-level staff members. Attends regular team and Behavioral Health staff meetings. Complies with VA Pittsburgh peer review procedures. Provides clinical supervision and instruction for psychiatry residents and fellows as needed. Serves as a mentor for junior and new hire psychiatrists. Works cohesively with Behavioral Health staff to assure that all aspects of the Behavioral Health Service are functioning optimally. This includes strategic planning, setting operational priorities and deployment of resources, engaging in quality improvement, performance measure outcomes, and encouraging and improving team-oriented care for Veterans. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.