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Medical Assistant - Primary Care (Medical Center)

Company: Houston Methodist Primary Care Group
Location: Houston
Posted on: July 3, 2024

Job Description:

At Houston Methodist, the Medical Assistant Certified (MA) position is responsible for assisting in the examination and treatment of patients under the direct supervision of the clinical or administrative leadership. This position is responsible for assisting providers in the administration of patient care in assigned clinical areas. The MA position assists with patient examinations, procedures, diagnostic studies, treatment, and dressing changes. This position also performs general administrative duties in accordance with CLIA, HIPAA, NCQA and government standards, as well as company policies and procedures. The MA position participates in patient care which is under the direction of a physician and within the scope of a medical assistant. This position may also be required to schedule patient appointments, ensure medical necessity compliance, and verify eligibility for care.

  • Promotes a positive work environment with the interprofessional care team. Participates in teamwork by responding positively to requests for assistance. Works well with others to make contributions to the work effort as a whole and facilitates problem resolution.
    • Interacts with peers, staff and physicians in a supportive and respectful manner. Encourages open communication to achieve mutual understanding. Communication to promote both work efforts and problem resolution is clear and professional. Collaborates with all members of the interprofessional team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information in a clear and timely manner. Takes messages via telephone/email to forward to the provider/registered nurse.
      • Contributes towards improvement of department scores for employee engagement, i.e. peer-to-peer accountability.
        • Provides care to patients visiting the clinic under the direct supervision of a Physician, Registered Nurse, or clinic leadership procedures, using cultural diversity and inclusion principles. In collaboration with the provider team, anticipates the needs of the specific patient population.
          • Communicates with patient, obtains and documents vital signs (i.e., pulse rate, temperature, blood pressure, weight, and height), chief complaint(s), preforms medication(s) review, discusses/reviews medical and social history (as appropriate). Documents, in patient's electronic medical record (EMR), care administered, all diagnostic measurements, treatments and procedures in accordance with established policies and procedures.
            • Follow-up with patient as appropriate to ensure compliance with recommendations, medications, lab/x-ray results, special visits, PCP visits, dieticians, diabetes educators, etc. Ensures patient utilization and activation of MyChart.
              • Contributes towards improving department scores for patient satisfaction through peer-to-peer accountability.
                • Prepares treatment rooms for examination of patients. Assists with maintaining equipment and supplies.
                  • Reports observations, conditions and problems of patients to the physician or nurse to achieve desired patient outcomes. Provides for the privacy of patients and families, keeping the safety of the patient in mind.
                    • Sterilizes instruments and equipment under the supervision of Sr. Medical Assistant or Registered Nurse.
                      • Contributes to identification of improvement activities, impacting quality and safety targets, through peer-to-peer accountability, reporting near misses, and collaborating with the interprofessional team.
                        FINANCE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
                        • Responsible for stocking exam rooms and taking inventory.
                          • Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks, minimizing incidental overtime. Utilizes time between heavy workloads efficiently and helps other team members.
                            • Offers innovative solutions through participation in performance improvement projects and professional development activities.
                              • Seeks guidance and validation of knowledge base, skill level and decision making as necessary, especially in areas of question, from preceptor and assigned licensed personnel.
                                • Completes and updates My Development plan (MDP) on an on-going basis.
                                  This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.
                                  • High School diploma or equivalent education (examples include: GED, verification of homeschool equivalency, partial or full completion of post-secondary education, etc.)
                                    WORK EXPERIENCE
                                    • Two years of Medical Assistant experience in a clinic/outpatient setting or one year in the Novice-II position
                                      LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS - REQUIRED
                                    • RMA - Registered Medical Assistant (AMT) -- through an approved credentialing certification agency, i.e. American Association of Medical Assistant or American Medical Technologists OR
                                    • CMA - National Certified Medical Assistant (NAHP) OR
                                    • CMA - National Certified Medical Assistant (NCCT) OR
                                    • CMA - National Certified Medical Assistant (NHA) OR
                                    • CAAMA - Credentialed member, American Academy of Medical Administrators (AAMA) OR
                                    • CCMA - National Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (NHA) OR
                                    • EMT - Emergency Medical Technician - State Certification AND
                                    • BLS - Basic Life Support (AHA)
                                      LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS - PREFERRED
                                    • CPT - Phlebotomy Technician Certification
                                      KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
                                      • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
                                        • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
                                          • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
                                            • Knowledge of medical practice and care of patients and ability to assist with examinations, diagnostic and treatment procedures, knowledge of medical equipment and instruments
                                              • Skill in developing and maintaining clinical quality assurance to maintain accurate medical records
                                                • Demonstrate a learning attitude toward solving problems, using good reasoning and judgment
                                                  • Provide safe patient-centered, compassionate and competent care
                                                    • Proficient in computer skills for documentation and work-related purposes
                                                      • Completes required continuous training and education, including department-specific requirements. Maintain current certificationsSUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
                                                        WORK ATTIRE
                                                      • Uniform Yes
                                                      • Scrubs Yes
                                                      • Business professional No
                                                      • Other (department approved) NoON-CALL*
                                                        *Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. DIsaster, Severe Weather Events, etc) regardless of selection below.
                                                      • On Call* NoTRAVEL**
                                                        **Travel specifications may vary by department**
                                                      • May require travel within the Houston Metropolitan area Yes
                                                      • May require travel outside Houston Metropolitan area NoCompany Profile:With more than 40 locations throughout the Greater Houston area, Houston Methodist Primary Care Group brings quality, compassionate care to for the entire family, to the communities where our patients work and live. As part of the Houston Methodist health system - one of the nation's leading health systems - the Primary Care Group offers efficient access to world-class specialty care and hospital services from a network comprised of the nation's leading hospitals and health care professionals.Houston Methodist is an equal opportunity employer inclusive of women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.Equal Employment OpportunityHouston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. VEVRAA Federal Contractor - priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

Keywords: Houston Methodist Primary Care Group, Houston , Medical Assistant - Primary Care (Medical Center), Healthcare , Houston, Texas

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