Medical Assistant – Rheumatology

Illinois Bone and Joint Institute LLC View Company Profile

Description:Looking for a change? Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, LLC, is one of the largest independent physician-owned orthopedic practices in the U.S. We have more than 100 board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians and surgeons that treat children and adults, with expertise in every orthopedic specialty. IBJI currently has full time opening for a full-time Medical Assistant for Rheumatology.If you are looking to be a part of a growing, dynamic medical practice, with collaboration between physicians and staff, working in a high energy environment, then we are looking for you!Athletic Trainer’s, CMA’s, EMT’s, ER Tech’s, Phlebotomist’s, and CNA’s are welcome to apply!The Medical Assistant will perform administrative and clinical duties on a daily basis to facilitate efficient operations in an outpatient clinic setting. The Clinical Assistant will support our Physicians/Providers in providing safe, quality care and excellent customer service to patients.SummaryThis position is responsible for performing daily administrative and clinical duties to facilitate efficient operations in an outpatient clinic setting. This position provides support in providing safe, quality care and customer service to patients, physicians/providers and other members in the clinical care teams.ResponsibilitiesPatient Examination/Treatment* Escorts patients to exam rooms on a timely basis. Whenever possible, keeping team members informed regarding delays.* Prepares patients for appropriate examination, triaging, as necessary, for radiologic studies, cast removal etc. * Assists physicians, as needed, in the patient examination process.* Evaluates need for wound care, if any, and ensures adequate provision of care and patient education.* Provides for splint/cast applications and removals when applicable* Processes prescriptions per physician order. Instructs/educates patients regarding medication side effects.* Prepares injectable medications and equipment needed. * Coordinates referrals for ongoing services/needs (e.g., therapy services, home health, surgical procedures, DME, etc.).* Acts as a patient intermediary/liaison for resolution of patient problems.* Overall fulfills environmental responsibilities as assigned which may include: setting up instruments and equipment according to department protocol; cleaning exam/procedure rooms, instruments and equipment between patient visits to maintain infection control as regulated by OSHA; cleaning sterilizer according to scheduled maintenance program and keeping appropriate records; ordering, sorting, storing supplies; restocking exam/procedure rooms. * Fulfills patient care responsibilities as assigned which may include: checking schedules and organizing patient flow; accompanying patients to exam/procedure room; assisting patients as needed with walking, transfers, dressing, collecting specimens, preparing for exam, etc.; collecting patient history; performing screenings per provider guidelines; assisting physicians/nurses/doctor’s assistants with various procedures; charting; relaying instructions to patients/families; answering calls and providing pertinent information. Physician Liaison Activities* Responds to incoming phone calls and determines the best method for resolution of callerxe2x80x99s needs through the identification of the most appropriate respondent (i.e., physician, administration, clinical/nursing staff, other support staff, etc.). * Channels requests appropriately in an effort to ensure resolution.* Secures charts related to diagnostic tests, physical/occupational therapy reports, etc. and discusses issues with physicians. Relates physician information back to patient/requestor. Completes chart notes, as appropriate. Assists, as requested, in securing missing diagnostic codes/information on charge tickets.Appointment Scheduling* Assists in scheduling of appointments for new/established patients.* As assigned, discusses with physician special needs patient appointments, supplying medical charts for review as required and secures appointment approvals for visits outside of routine scheduling templates.Correspondence (Written/Faxed/Verbal)* Sends prescriptions for therapy, orthotics, return to work notes, gym notes, etc. as requested.* Provides workersxe2x80x99 compensation carriers with updated status on patients.* Completes xe2x80x9cAttending physicianxe2x80x9d statements, narrative summaries for attorneys, handicap parking permits, jury duty requests, disability forms, PE excuse notes, etc.* Overall fulfills clerical responsibilities as assigned which may include: sending/receiving patient medical records; obtaining lab/x-ray reports, hospital notes, referral information, etc; completing forms/requisitions as needed; scheduling appointments, tests and surgeries; verifying insurance coverage and patient demographics; managing and charts to ensure information completed and filed appropriatelySupport Activities* Clinical chart preparation prior to patient appointment, ensures that the following data has been secured: x-rays; MRI/dexa scan results; reports from outside sources (e.g., lab results, x-rays/reports; Authxe2x80x99s for injections when needed, etc.).* Notifies management when clinic supplies are low. * Ensures that exam rooms, cast rooms, etc. are clean, orderly and fully stocked at the end of clinics.Operational* Participates in learning new systems, as required, for the service area.* Performs, as an informational contact for patient and family as follows:* Notifies patients of delays.* Directs/seeks information on behalf of patients in order to increase their knowledge base.* Responds appropriately to inquiries or complaints.* Maintains professional image of organization by way of professional dress and presentation.* Attends mandatory in-service programs to keep abreast of current insurance/registration issues.* Fulfills organizational responsibilities as assigned which may include: respecting/promoting patient rights; responding appropriately to emergency codes; sharing problems relating to patients and/or staff with immediate supervisors quickly.Requirements:Job RequirementsPreferred: Successful completion of an accredited Medical Assistant Program (CMA) Maintains CPR certification. Experience in an orthopedic healthcare setting is preferred. Able to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.Good verbal and written communication and writing skills.Possess good working knowledge of practice management and EHR software, Google products, Microsoft Office and Windows-based computer applications.Strong interpersonal skills, able to work well and communicate professionally with physicians, patients and staff in all levels in the organization. Able to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others and maintain them over time.Physical Demands/Work EnvironmentPosition requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients, manual and finger dexterity, and eye-hand coordination. Involves standing and walking. Requires occasional lifting associated with patient transfers (i.e., up to 35 lbs.)

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