Delphi Health Group

Physician Assistant

4 months ago
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The Primary Purpose & Function of the PA Position


The Physician Assistant will assure compassionate patient-centered care is delivered in a safe manner and environment to individuals seeking detoxification treatment for Substance Use Disorders and their associated conditions.  Medical, Clinical and Nursing services will be provided in accordance with evidence-based best practice standards and applicable to all Federal, State and Regional regulations per:


  • Joint Commission for Accr3editation of Healthcare Organizations for Behavioral Health Care;
  • COMAR regulations;
  • SAMHSA / BHA guidelines and;
  • Maryland House Detox organization policies, procedures and compliance standards.


Position Responsibilities


  • Provide PA services as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Complete history and physical examinations on each admission as necessary
  • Create medical protocols in collaboration with the Medical Director
  • Manage both acute and chronic illnesses
  • Maintain working knowledge of pharmacology including drug interactions, reactions, and withdrawal management medications protocols
  • Prescribe medication and medication monitoring for patients who require psychopharmacological treatment, including medication education
  • Order medical or laboratory tests as indicated with subsequent review and sign off on all medical and laboratory reports, alerting the Physician or CRNP for abnormal results
  • Respond to, care for and/or refer / transfer patients for emergent care when co-occurring or co-morbid needs are identified and cannot be met at facility, including accessing 911 and/or initiating an involuntary commitment with documentation
  • Consult with Medical Director and Physician on cases beyond the scope of practice for a PA.
  • Ensure patients are referred to a specialist, if indicated
  • Be on call for consultation including patient admissions
  • Attend monthly medical & nursing staff meetings and provide in-service training to staff when indicated
  • Provide assistance to nursing services when needed, including for nursing department when the Director of Nursing is out of the facility or unavailable
  • Provide accurate and timely interventions and documentation
  • Cover after hours as needed, and/or as part of rotation
  • Participate in Performance Improvement projects
  • Maintain appropriate boundaries and ethical standards with colleagues and patients to assure an appropriate setting and safe environment
  • Collect data and/or provide patient safety information with preparation of report and/or submission to appropriate organizational committees, as required
  • Maintain ongoing medically based program(s) and collaborative system of communication and documentation with ancillary and third party providers: Insurance providers, Pharmacy Consultant, Lab Services, Dietician, etc.
  • Provide health assessments and screening
  • Ensure clients are referred to specialists when warranted, if the medical needs of the patient cannot be met at the facility
  • Refer clients for emergency psychiatric care when necessary including assisting with initiating involuntary commitment documentation
  • Maintain accurate and timely documentation of records
  • Be available for on call consultation for all staff including admissions
  • Cover after hours as needed or as part of a rotation
  • Follow all policies and procedures of the organization
  • Maintain professionalism both in conduct and in dress attire
  • Adhere to all confidentiality and HIPPA requirements as per policy
  • Maintain the upmost ethical behavior with colleagues and clients to ensure the highest level of integrity in all work performed


Required Knowledge or Skill

  • Provide compassionate and empathetic attention and care to patients, with excellent bedside manners
  • Proficient organization and time management skills
  • Ability to work under stressful or chaotic conditions
  • Ability to support patient-centered, individualized treatment approaches
  • Upholds organizational mission, values and vision and supports the integrated process of care while exhibiting integrity and ethics in all endeavors
  • Knowledge of substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders and associated co-morbidities
  • Knowledge of substances commonly used in addition to their biopsychosocial impact
  • Knowledge of the 12-Step Recovery program and process
  • Knowledge of all applicable Federal, State and Regional regulations, including Accreditation standards that govern treatment of Substance Use Disorders including confidentiality, patient rights, ethics and discrimination
  • Proficient in the English language, both in writing and speaking and able to communicate clearly to staff, clients, families, and other healthcare professionals
  • Experience and skills in the use of electronic medical records (EMR)
  • Ability to be supervised by a physician
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Possess compassion and empathy
  • Maintain all licenses and certifications as required of the position
  • Treat others with respect, inspire trust in your work, and uphold organization mission, values, and vision



Required Physical, Mental or Visual Abilities


  • Requires occasion reaching and grasping objects
  • Requires using a keyboard to interact with computer system
  • Requires proofreading and/or reviewing documents
  • Requires infrequent lifting and/or carrying objects weighing more than 25 pounds
  • Requires pushing and/or pulling non-motorized equipment (supply carts, med cart, etc) weighing over 50 pounds
  • Requires occasional stooping and bending
  • Requires walking and/or standing for extended periods of time


Working conditions


  • Work requires occasionally performing unpleasant diagnostic or patient care duties


Required Qualifications, Certifications and Experience


  • Master’s Degree from a Physician’s Assistant Program
  • Board Certification through National Commission Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
  • DEA Controlled Substance Registration for Schedules II-V
  • NPI registration number
  • Qualified to apply for DATA 2000 Physician Waiver to prescribe Schedule III, IV, and V narcotic medications
  • Working knowledge of DSM V
  • ASAM Certification within 12 months of hire
  • Current BLS Certification
  • 3+ years’ experience as Physician Assistant, managing both acute and chronic illnesses
  • Experience treating behavioral health, co-morbid conditions and lifestyle-related disorders
  • Previous experience in a substance abuse and/or psychiatric treatment setting strongly preferred.


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