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MD Anderson Cancer Center Medical Assistant - Interventional Radiology in Houston, Texas

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is ranked the nation's top hospital for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals." MD Anderson's mission is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation and the world through exceptional programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention. Our mission also includes education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.

The primary purpose of the Medical Assistant position is to act as a lead assistant in preparing patients for Interventional Radiology appointments and assisting with Interventional Radiology procedures. Medical Assistants perform direct patient care in a dynamic, high volume environment. There is involvement in all technical aspects of Interventional Radiology procedures to ensure continuity of care and maximum efficiency of the area. Maintains adequate knowledge of basic procedural supplies specific to Interventional Radiology. Work includes sterile preparation of trays, catheter insertion sites, and preparation of instruments for sterilization. Able to utilize institutional information systems to obtain patient information, print patient schedules, order diagnostic tests, collect and document patient medical history information for MD/Mid-Level/Clinical Nurse review. Effectively provide assistance to the Interventional Radiology multidisciplinary team with invasive procedures, room turnover, inventory management, and stocking. Knowledgeable of basic CPT coding and billing guidelines.

Medical Assistant opportunity in Interventional Radiology. Ideal candidate will have a minimum of one year of Medical Assistant experience and possess the ability to effectively communicate, multi-task, adapt quickly to changing patient and team needs, assignments. Candidates with some procedure experience and knowledge of medical technology are a plus.

KEY FUNCTIONS

Pre-Procedure Clinical Skills/Patient Coordination :

Consistently and competently obtains vital signs, limited patient histories, and medication review based on established Interventional Radiology standard operating procedures

Efficiently, consistently, and accurately prepares all necessary documents/packets for IR Pre-procedure evaluations.

Verifies written orders and properly schedules lab utilizing the appropriate scheduling system.

Effectively, accurately, and efficiently retrieves and identifies required lab values for Interventional procedures.

Effectively and accurately identifies variances in lab values in accordance with Section protocols/standards and communicates information to appropriate personnel.

Assists the IR Physician Assistant team to triage requisitions according to identified protocols.

Confirm patient appointments and required procedure preparation instructions.

Appropriately uses RIS to accurately track and document patient information.

Flexes shift and staffs according to unit operational needs.

Technical Skills and Patient Care Skills :

Reviews patient medical records, lab values, and documentation to ensure continuity of care. Reports all patient related concerns/variance to the IR Faculty and/or designee.

Accurately documents patient information on the medical record.

Accurately identifies basic anatomy as it relates to Interventional Radiology procedures.

Identifies risks and adverse reactions.

Accurately enters and edits patient demographics for procedures and reports all variances immediately via a PCRF.

Completes all required documents pre-procedure and intra-procedure with minimal error.

Maintains sterile environment and aseptic technique for all procedures.

Consistently demonstrates appropriate Infection Control practices according to institutional policy.

Demonstrates competency to set-up and assist with Ultrasound procedures with minimal supervision.

Demonstrates competency to provide assistance with fluoroscopic procedures under the direct supervision of a Registered Radiology Technologist/Special Procedures Technologist.

Inventory Management/CPT Coding :

Demonstrates proficiency utilizing the institutional E&M Code calculator to identify the appropriate CPT coding for pre-procedure evaluations to maximize revenue charge capture.

Reviews and enters correct supplies and CPT codes specifically related to Interventional Radiology procedures to ensure maximum reimbursement.

Applies modifiers as appropriate.

Assists with stocking procedure rooms with the appropriate procedural supplies and linen.

Ensures that all stock is rotated appropriately.

Reports any medical supply variance to the IR Supervisor/ANM and/or IR Technologist/Nurse Manager.

Verifies expiration dates on all supplies prior to opening.

Communication Skills :

Demonstrates clear communication skills and provides accurate, complete information to patients, peers, faculty and other clinical staff.

Maintains professionalism when interacting with others

Exhibits and maintains a high level of customer service when communicating with referring services, patients, faculty, colleagues, and clinical staff to foster a positive team environment.

QA/Compliance, Polices, and Procedures :

Complies with institutional, divisional and departmental quality control/compliance.

Reports equipment errors and malfunctions to DI Service Line and IR Management.

Wears appropriate attire and name badge daily as part of dress code.

Knowledgeable and adheres to all Joint Commission and patient safety polices.

Regularly attends departmental meetings as required.

EDUCATION

Required: High school diploma/equivalent. Graduate of an approved Medical Assistant program or US Military medical services training program.

Preferred: None

EXPERIENCE

Required: One year of medical assistant experience. With preferred degree, no experience is required.

Preferred: None

LICENSURE / CERTIFICATION

Required: Certified, or eligible to be certified, by one of the following based on Medical Assistant experience or preferred education

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)

Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) by the American Society of Medical Technologists (AMT)

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 126038

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: non-exempt, eligible for overtime, and is subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Soft

  • Pivotal Position: No

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 28,800

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 36,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 43,200

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