Medical Assistant

Weld County Government Greeley, CO
Description

Perform clinical and administrative duties under the direction of a qualified provider. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, and coding information for third party payor purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by qualified provider.

Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred but not required.

SUPERVISORY REQUIREMENTS

Supervision Received: Works under general guidance and direction of Clinical Manager or professional superior.

OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned. (Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all duties which may be found in positions of this class.)

* Complete ordering of supplies for clinic; prepare, track, order and inventory all medical, lab, office, and pharmaceutical supplies & equipment.

* Prepare exam rooms for client examinations, assuring adequate supplies & appropriate equipment are available.

* Show clients to examination rooms and prepare them for examination. Interview clients for medical history, measure vital signs, assure proper paperwork is signed, and document findings in the electronic medical record (EMR). Explain treatment procedures, medication, diet, or provider's instructions to patients.

* Assist providers with MD Clinic, other specialty clinics and routine clinical procedures as needed. Help providers examine and treat clients, handing them instruments or materials or performing such tasks as giving injections or changing dressings on wounds. Perform all relevant scheduling and follow-up for client following examinations and procedures.

* Collect blood, tissue, or other laboratory specimens, log & label the specimens, and prepare them for testing.

* Set-up laboratory equipment and perform simple (CLIA waived) lab tests and perform quality assurance on equipment as needed.

* Clean and sterilize instruments/equipment and dispose of contaminated supplies; arrange clinical area as needed.

* Assist clients with making in-house appointments and assist providers and clients with referrals to outside providers and agencies.

* Assist with data input for state and agency reports.

* Assist with faxing and receiving of medical records and tracking of medical releases.

* After appropriate training and under supervision, may perform routine duties such as: injections, adult vaccinations, venipuncture, capillary collection, specimen preparation, as well as dispensing contraceptives and educating about their use, per existing prescriptions and local policy.

* Interpret and/or translate, as needed, in both clinical and non-clinical settings for various Health Department programs.

* Open, sort and analyze incoming mail, faxes, memos, contracts, and reports to determine their significance and plan their distribution.

* Compose a variety of confidential and complex correspondence and documents utilizing technical terminology and composition skills requiring accuracy and completeness. Proofread data and other information, such as memos, records or reports.

* Operate office machines such as photocopiers and scanners, 10-key calculators, typewriters, facsimile machines, voice mail systems, and personal computers.

* Enter data into several different computer programs; learn and apply new computer skills on a regular basis; have a strong working knowledge of computer programs used daily such as electronic health records, program specific software applications, Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook, database user interface and query software (client databases), web browser software and several other county and/or State software programs.

* Acquire and retain knowledge of policies, procedures, and state and federal regulations related to various Health Department programs. Update program information and protocol by attending continuing education courses related to program responsibilities. Keep up-to-date technically and apply new knowledge to the job. Complete position-specific training for public health emergency response activities.

* Work the scheduled hours each day/week established for this position and is available as-needed outside of normal operating hours to assist with response to public health emergencies or community outreach events. Periodic weekend on-call duty may be required.

* Commute and/or work from all Health Department locations including Greeley and Southwest Weld offices and/or other office/clinic locations as needed.

* Maintain sensitive and confidential records information. Follow the Weld County Code of Conduct and adhere to strict confidentiality guidelines, including HIPAA, and the appropriate non-disclosure and/or release of information.

* Maintain professional conduct and adhere to the Public Health Code of Ethics. Comply with federal, state, and local regulations and employer policies and procedures.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

* High school graduate or equivalent.

* Medical Assistant Certificate strongly preferred.

Required Experience:

* One year experience working in a clinical health care setting or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

* Experience with electronical medical record (EMR) strongly preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

* A valid State of Colorado driver's license and use of a personal, insured vehicle will be required to perform job duties. TRAVEL IS REQUIRED.

* Auto insurance, maintained at all times, as required by state law.

Residency:

Must be a current resident of the State of Colorado at time of hiring.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

* Ability to accurately type at 45 words per minute minimum.

* Ability to recognize when to use Personal Protective Equipment.

* Must have excellent attention to detail.

* Ability to apply math concepts and calculations in the work environment; ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

* Ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing including all forms of correspondence, procedure manuals, department policies, safety rules, operating manuals and maintenance instructions.

* Ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand; ability to write routine reports and correspondence; thorough knowledge of spelling, punctuation and grammar required.

* Ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

* Ability to effectively communicate information and ideas in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

* Ability to speak clearly so others can understand you; ability to identify and understand the speech of another person; ability to communicate information and ideas verbally so others will understand.

* Ability to arrange things or action in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g. patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations); ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events); ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden or in distracting material.

* Ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).

* Ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

* Ability to work well in a team environment; ability to work with a diverse group of people; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, professionals, other departments, agencies, and the public.

* Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It may not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

* Ability to apply common sense to problem solve in a work environment; ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

* Ability to adapt to fast paced, high volume and ever changing work environment and be able to handle high stress situations.

Other Necessary Requirements

KNOWLEDGE

Administrative and Clerical Procedures

Knowledge of modern administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, spreadsheets, managing files and records, designing forms, filing techniques, operation of a variety of electronic and manual office equipment and other office procedures and technical terminology.

Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Spanish Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the Spanish language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar preferred but not required.

Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic and algebra and their applications.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit or stand for extended periods of time; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or equipment; reach with hands and arms; stand and walk. Specific vision abilities required by this job include visual acuity according to Colorado driver's license requirements, including close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus such as that used when using a computer or reading. The employee is occasionally required to sit, stoop, kneel, and crouch. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift or move 50 lbs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Potential for exposure to human blood/body fluids/tissue and/or chemicals.

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