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Whole Person Care Physician Lead

Ventura, California
$214,200.00 - $248,110.87 Annually
Closing date
Sep 10, 2022

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Whole Person Care provides comprehensive healthcare to people experiencing homelessness and other patients with complex medical and social needs. Whole person care serves thousands of vulnerable patients each year through case management, housing services, street outreach and street medicine, and the implementation of California Advancing and Innovating in Medi-Cal (CalAIM). The Whole Person Care program has been recognized state-wide for its innovative programs to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness and has demonstrated a measurable impact on health outcomes for participants including reducing emergency room/hospital utilization, reducing readmissions, improving timely access to mental health and substance use treatment, and improving control of hypertension, COPD, and diabetes.

Under the supervision of the Chief Medical Quality Officer for Ambulatory care and in conjunction with the Director of Complex Care Management and Systems Integration, the Whole Person Care Physician lead would provide clinical guidance, conduct program development, and provide direct clinical care to support the Whole Person Care Program.

The ideal candidate is a physician who is passionate about providing high quality care for people experiencing homelessness and other patients with complex needs.  This physician should thrive in a dynamic, interdisciplinary team, value health equity, and be interested in developing innovative services for whole person care patients across settings. The whole person care physician champion will spend approximately 50% of their time providing direct patient care in a county primary care clinic and approximately 50% of their time doing programmatic whole person care work, some of which will also be clinical.

PAYROLL TITLE: Primary Care Clinic Physician
What We Offer

  • Deferred Compensation – Eligible to participate in the County’s 401(k) Shared Savings Plan and/or the Section 457 Plan. The position is eligible for up to a 3% match on your 401(k) contributions.
  • Health Plans – Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans for you and your dependents. You are afforded a flexible credit allowance of up to $19,162 annually. 
  • Flexible Spending Accounts – Employees may also participate in the Flexible Spending Accounts which increase their spending power by reimbursing them with pre-tax dollars for IRS-approved dependent care and health care expenses.
  • Pension Plan – Both the County and you contribute to the County’s Retirement Plan and to Social Security. If you are eligible, you may establish reciprocity with other public retirement systems, such as CalPERS.
  • Holidays – 11 paid days per year which includes a scheduled floating holiday.
  • Professional Memberships – Incumbents are also entitled to County-paid memberships in professional organizations related to their position.
  • Additional Pay – Low risk obstetrics on-call premium of $400 per weekday call or $600 per weekend call (UAPD MOU Sec. 502); Family Resident/Student supervision pay of $25 per day, up to $500 per month (UAPD MOU Sec. 504).
  • Other Benefits – Other benefits include Disability Plans, Employee Assistance Program, Life Insurance, Continuing Medical Education, Benefit Reimbursement Program, Loan Forgiveness, and a Wellness Program.
  • Check out our benefits flyer
  • Our County and Community
    Ventura County is located on California’s “Gold Coast”, nestled between the cities of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and has a nearly perfect Mediterranean climate with an average annual temperature of 74 degrees. Residents enjoy rolling hills and sweeping ocean and Channel Island views. The beauty, weather and diverse cultural community come together to offer a wonderful quality of life.
    The County of Ventura Health Care Agency encompasses the Ambulatory Care department. Ambulatory Care is comprised of Federal Qualified Health Centers, such as primary care and specialty clinics. Thirty-Four clinics are located throughout Ventura County that provide health care services on an outpatient basis. Outpatient health care services range from routine care to chronic medical conditions.
    The goal of the Ambulatory Care is to allow healthy people to thrive in healthy communities throughout Ventura County. This is achieved by a team of dedicated physicians, nurses and other health care professionals that seek to set the standard in health care excellence.
    The Primary Care Clinic Physician is an At-Will classification.


    Examples Of Duties

    Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provides clinical supervision of the whole person care case management team, including supervising weekly case conferences, developing and signing off on care plans, and providing in the moment clinical guidance to WPC teams.
  • Assists in development of new programs, clinical workflows and service lines to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness as well as the other populations of focus in Cal-AIM.
  • Provides medical care on the street, in homeless encampments, and in other non-traditional locations, including care for substance use disorders.
  • Offers guidance on how to shape clinical workflows to meet reporting/regulatory requirements and patient needs
  • Provides mentoring and oversight to whole person care physician champions and care management teams located at community clinics throughout the system
  • Provides complete, comprehensive, family-oriented, culturally-sensitive clinical care for patients throughout the lifespan (or to adults for internal medicine physicians),  including obtaining medical histories, performing physical examinations, making diagnoses, and treating patients.
  • Prescribes medications and treatment, monitors patients’ progress, and adapts treatment as required.
  • Inoculates and vaccinates patients to immunize patients from communicable diseases.
  • Advises patients concerning evidence-based lifestyle changes that improve patient health and works with patients to develop self-management goals. 
  • Coordinates with care team to provide high-quality patient care and ensure patient treatment goals are met. 
  • Works with a high volume of patients, internal/external customers, and must appropriately manage frequent changes, delay, or unexpected events. 
  • Follows workflows that support quality improvement efforts and increases patient access. 
  • Explains in clear understandable verbal and written language the care plan and any procedures.
  • Advises nursing and related personnel as to the administration of medication and treatment; writes physician’s orders.
  • Gives or determines the need for medical tests, orders laboratory tests as necessary; interprets medical tests.
  • Consults with other physicians and providers, refers patients to specialists when necessary, and works with other healthcare staff, such as nurses, assistants, and other physicians.
  • Keeps accurate and timely medical records and charts and adheres to documentation policies. Prepares various records such as progress notes, comprehensive care plans, summaries, etc. Documents gathered information in medical record as required by policies.
  • Keeps updated problem lists and medication lists for all patients.
  • Responds to portal messages and EHR inbox in a timely fashion and provides coverage for colleagues’ inboxes when they are not available.
  • Counsels patients and families about physical, medical, and mental conditions; obtains appropriate consent for treatment from patients or parent/caregiver;
  • May participate in an on-call system.
  • Participates in meetings, conferences, and training sessions as determined by Ambulatory Care administration.
  • Follows safety protocols, including but not limited to using two patient identifiers and time-out procedures.
  • Keeps all medical staff privileging requirements up to date, including CME requirements.
  • Administers first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation in an emergency.
  • Complies with medical laws (for example, HIPAA). Demonstrates knowledge of domestic violence, child and dependent abuse protocols and mandated reporting.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
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