Seeking Physician for Home Based & Inpatient Palliative Medicine Opportunity

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Facility: VA Northern California Health Care System 
Address: Eastern Sacramento suburbs, 10535 Hospital Way 
Mather, CA 95655 

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Opportunity Criteria
Specialty: Internal Medicine : Geriatric Medicine
Internal Medicine : Hospice & Palliative Medicine 
Candidate Type: MD, DO 
Visas Accepted: No J1 or H1
Loan Repayment: Not Specified
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Whether you’re interested in academics, research, or a better work/life balance, you’ll find the VA has a lot to offer, including the unmatched satisfaction you’ll get from caring for those who have served our country.

 

The VA Northern California Health Care System is seeking a full-time physician to work 50% Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) and 50% Inpatient Palliative Medicine in Sacramento, California. This provider will serve VA patients in the Sacramento area. HBPC is an interdisciplinary team that specializes in care of frail, elderly Veterans, homebound Veterans, and Veterans with life limiting illnesses. HBPC physicians are responsible for the medical care delivered by the HBPC team and assume primary medical responsibility for all the patients in the HBPC program. The physicians are responsible for identification of the patient’s medical problems; defining the medical management of these problems, determining the need for consultation and determining the need for admission to the hospital. The physician attends HBPC team meetings and is available to the team members for collaboration when medical or other problems arise. This HBPC physician will be responsible for half of the HBPC census. Upon admission, the physician evaluates the patient at home within 30 days the physician completes a full medical evaluation of the patient. He/she attends all team meetings and participates in the formulation of the treatment plan. The treatment plan is used as Doctor’s Orders and he/she signs the treatment plan. At the weekly team meetings, the physician participates in all 30 day, 90 day and annual reviews and signs the treatment plans used as Doctor’s Orders. The physicians are available to the staff during working hours via a cellular phone. He/she works in the home care department and informally meets with all team members at the beginning and end of the day to review patient problems, sign orders, write new medical orders and review cases that the staff have seen during the day, etc. The VA’s HBPC has earned national recognition as the best care delivered anywhere.

 

Academic appointments with UC Davis School of Medicine are available and opportunities for teaching and research abound.

 

Candidate must be: 1) US Citizen, 2) Board Prepared/Certified in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine, and 3) Have full, unrestricted medical license in any State. Preferred experience: a subspecialty certification in palliative care and geriatrics is highly recommended.

 

BENEFITS:

  • 26 days paid vacation (1 day accrued each pay period upon employment)
  • 13 days sick leave (1/2 day accrued each pay period upon employment, no cap)
  • 10 paid Federal holidays
  • Competitive Salary
  • Malpractice protection covered by the Federal government
  • Annual Physician Performance Pay
  • Market Pay reviewed biennially for possible increase
  • Outstanding number of health plans from which to choose including vision and dental

Facility and Location

The Northern California Health Care System offers unique opportunities at a number of facilities. The Mather VA Medical Center is located in the suburbs of Sacramento CA. www.northerncalifornia.va.gov

VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) is an integrated health care delivery system, offering a comprehensive array of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, mental health and extended care to veterans in Northern California. The health system is comprised of a medical center in Sacramento; a rehabilitation and extended care facility in Martinez, and seven outpatient clinics.

VANCHCS has two divisions, each with an Associate Director. The Sacramento Valley Division is comprised of medical facilities in Sacramento, Chico and Redding. The East Bay Division is comprised of medical facilities in Fairfield, Vallejo, Martinez and Oakland.

VANCHCS serves an area covering 17 counties, more than 40,000 square miles and over 377,700 veterans.


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About the VA

Department of Veterans Affairs offers Veterans the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the United States. We operate more than 1,400 sites of care, including 153 medical centers, 909 ambulatory and community-based outpatient clinics, 135 nursing homes, 232 Veterans centers, 47 readjustment counseling centers, and 108 comprehensive home-care programs, across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S.Territories.

More than 7.9 million Veterans, their family members, and survivors are enrolled in the VA Health System, with more than 6.3 million seeking treatment each year. Currently, that annual treatment involves 773,600 inpatient visits and 60 million outpatient visits. About 250,000 full-time employees and 90,000 health professional trainees work in interdisciplinary care teams to deliver those patient services daily.

VA's patient population crosses a wide spectrum of individuals, from elderly World War II Veterans, to baby boomer Vietnam Vets, to today's younger heroes who served during the Gulf War era and in the present day Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. VA also serves a growing number of women Veterans, who currently account for seven percent of the total Veteran population.

VA Benefits

Paid Time Off:

  • 26 Days paid annual (vacation/personal) leave
  • 13 Days paid sick leave each year with no limit on accumulation
  • 10 paid Federal holidays per year
  • 5 Days paid absence to attend approved CME courses

Insurance:

  • Health Insurance: VA employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose (premiums are partially paid by VA) Lifetime Healthcare Insurance options available
  • Dental & Vision: Our insurance options also include exceptional vision and dental plans (premiums are partially paid by VA)
  • VA employees have the option to use Flexible Spending Accounts, which allow you to use tax-free dollars to pay for medical, dental, and vision care expenses that are not reimbursed by your health insurance plan
  • Term life insurance, family, and additional coverage options are available with the cost shared by the Federal Government
  • Long-term care insurance is available as an option

Federal Retirement Plan:

  • VA employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan composed of 1) Social Security benefits; 2) FERS-RAE basic benefits (pension); and 3) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan
  • How is the pension funded? VA employees automatically contribute 4.4% of their salary each pay period and the VA contributes 8.3% of the employee’s salary each pay period for a total annual contribution percentage equal to 12.7% of the employee’s salary
  • Similar to the 401(k) savings plans widely available in the private sector, the TSP allows employees to tax defer a portion of their income each year, subject to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service. For calendar year 2015, employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to $18,000, while those over age 50 are eligible to make catch-up contributions that allow them to defer up to $24,000.
  • The Federal Government also provides an automatic basic contribution (1% of salary) and up to 4% of salary in matching contributions, depending on the amount of the employee contribution
  • For retired military personnel, these benefits are in addition to full monthly retirement pay or pension
  • In addition to FERS, VA provides health care insurance coverage for retired personnel
  • Disability Retirement
  • Employees are vested in a federal pension after only 5 years’ service

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