Supervising Physician- Internal Medicine

Santa Barbara County, California
$216,972.82 - $247,855.94
Jan 13, 2021
Feb 12, 2021
Internal Medicine
Full Time
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The Public Health Department has an immediate need for a Supervising Physician with a specialty in Internal Medicine in Santa Barbara.

Under general direction, the Supervising Physician provides medical supervision for clinic operations; provides direct supervision of physicians and mid-level practitioners; participates in peer review and privileging process; supervises resident physicians from local hospitals in an outpatient setting; ; and performs other related duties as required.

New Hire Incentive: The County has a generous hiring incentive program and may provide reimbursement for reasonable relocation expenses, and at the discretion of the CEO, can provide flexible relocation assistance, housing, student loan offsets, cash incentives, and/or vacation and sick leave pre-accruals in the interest of attracting the best talent to the organization.

The ideal candidate will be a knowledgeable practitioner with experience in a leadership role where they exercised strong leadership abilities. Based on Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) mandates, incumbents must cooperate with the Public Health Department to become an eligible billable provider and:

  • Eligible to participate in Medicare, Medicaid and/or other federal health care programs;
  • Possess a National Provider Identifier (NPI);
  • Submit a completed credentialing application and/or required documentation for credentialing as applicable; AND
  • Possess a valid third-party billable provider certification (such as Medicare, Medi-Cal and/or private insurance) OR have submitted a completed billable provider application, along with the required documentation, in order to obtain the appropriate billable provider status.

The Mission of the Public Health Department is to improve the health of our communities by preventing disease, promoting wellness, and ensuring access to needed health care. 

Examples of Duties

  1. Supervises and directs the work of physicians and mid-level practitioners; assigns and monitors work performance; selects, evaluates, and trains physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners; participates in peer review and other quality control processes; ensures adherence of all medical staff to proper medical procedures and protocols; and takes corrective action as necessary.
  2. Supervises and directs the work of other Health Center staff where appropriate; assists in the development of diagnostic and treatment protocols; coordinates the work of consulting physicians; and participates in or conducts in-service training programs.
  3. In conjunction with the Health Center Administrators, ensures adherence of all medical staff to departmental policies and procedures; participates in systematic reviews of service utilization and quality; provides medical consultation to Utilization Review program by determining the medical necessity of and approving referrals to outside providers; acts as a liaison in developing and maintaining close relationships with community medical staff; and develops access to specialty care for County patients.
  4. Trains and supervises residents from local hospitals in an outpatient clinic setting; may supervise medical residents who admit, discharge, round, and provide emergency room care for County patients at local hospitals; coordinates residents' clinic schedules with Health Center Administrators; and depending on assignment, may provide back-up to the Deputy Health Officer.
  5. Reviews and countersigns patient charts as required; reviews the work of medical residents; provides medical consultation as needed; responds to patient complaints and staff inquiries; and remains current on policies and procedures relative to the practice of medicine at local hospitals.
  6. Directs the medical component of the CCS and CHDP programs; ensures compliance with state regulations relating to CCS and CHDP; promotes appropriate utilization by local medical providers; participates in multidisciplinary case conferences; reviews cases for medical eligibility in the Medical Therapy Units; responds to appeals of medical eligibility or service denials; prepares comprehensive reports and other correspondence; ensures CHDP community providers are in compliance with medical standards; and recruits CHDP providers.
  7. Attends or leads monthly medical staff meetings and other program meetings as requested; and ensures that staff adhere to performance and quality indicators as determined by Public Health Department administration.
  8. Provides direct patient care on an as-needed basis; provides appropriate consultation to other County physicians and health care practitioners; provides standby weekday and weekend call coverage as scheduled; acts as the admitting physician and provides hospital emergency room consultation and care for County patients when on call; when required, provides hospital-based care for County patients and follows up on laboratory results, consultations, and radiological or pathological studies; arranges for out-patient follow-up; and ensures that all pertinent hospital medical records for County patients are provided to County Health Clinics.

Minimum Qualifications:

Possession of a valid Certificate as a Physician or Surgeon issued by the State of California; Board Certification or eligibility in Family Practice or Internal Medicine, or other specialty consistent with PHD assignment; and:

  1. Three years of experience as a physician; or,
  2. Three years of experience performing duties equivalent to a Staff Physician with Santa Barbara County; or,
  3. A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required certification, knowledge, and abilities.