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Job title: Medical Assistant - Interventional Radiology
Job location: Houston, TX 77030 United States
Requisition code: 6654
Date posted: 01/18/13
Job type: Full-Time

Job Classification

Job Category:Registered Nurse

Job Description

Job description:
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 an adequate knowledge of basis procedural supplies specific to Interventional Radiology. Work includes sterile preparation of trays and catheter insertion sites. Able to utilize institutional information systems to obtain patient information, print patient schedules, order diagnostic tests, review medical history. Provides assistance with Interventional Radiology invasive procedures, room turnover, inventory management and stocking. Knowledgeable of basic CPT coding and billing guidelines.

Key Functions
Pre-Procedure Clinical Skills/Patient Coordination:
Demonstrates competency to obtain vital signs, limited patient histories, and medication review based on established Interventional Radiology standard operating procedures.
Efficient and knowledgeable in preparing all necessary documents/packets for IR Pre-procedure evaluations.
Verifies written orders and properly schedules lab utilizing the appropriate scheduling system.
Able to retrieve and identify required lab values for Interventional procedures.
Able to identify variances in lab values and communicates information to appropriate personnel.
Assists the IR Physician Assistant team to triage requisitions.
Assists with patients to confirm scheduled appointments and required procedure preparation instructions.
Appropriately use RIS for appropriate patient tracking and documentation.
Provides assistance to nurses, faculty and Physician Assistants are required.
Ensures are patient examination rooms are clean and stocked at all times.
Technical Skills and Patient Care Skills:
Maintains a high level of competency.
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.
Able to identify basic anatomy as it related to Interventional Radiology procedures.
Able to identify risks and adverse reactions related to indicated procedures.
Conducts a patient assessment prior to all procedures. Verifies patient allergies according to Interventional Radiology established protocols.
Accurately enters and edits patient demographics for procedures and reports all variances immediately via a PCRF.
Completes all required documents for procedures with minimal error.
Maintains sterile environment and aseptic technique for all procedures.
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.
Assists to maximize room utilization.
Adheres to universal protocol, site marking, specimen handling, and procedural protocols at all times. Reports variances to immediate supervisor or via incident reports.
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 DI Supervisor and/or DI 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.
Able to use institutional/departmental communication services for paging. Handles phone calls in a prompt and professional manner.
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 as they apply.
Regularly attends departmental meetings as required.

Job Description-Requirements EDUCATION:
Required: High school diploma or equivalent.
Graduate of an approved Medical Assistant program.
Required: None.
Preferred: Two years experience as a Medical Assistant or comparable title.
Required: Certified or eligible to be certified by the American Association of Medical Assistants or as a Registered Medical Assistant by the American Society of Medical Technologists.
Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification.
Patient care environment.

Job Requirements

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