Physician Assistant - Tewksbury Treatment Center

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Location: Tewksbury, MA
Job ID: 156917-1A
Date Posted: Sep 13, 2019
Category: Non Physician Provider

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Job Description

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Lahey Health Behavioral Services is part of a vibrant and growing health care system, recognized as a trailblazer in medicine and a standard bearer in patient experience. It includes an award-winning academic medical center, a superb constellation of community hospitals, home care services, rehabilitation facilities and more.

We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining top talent in a market long recognized and revered as a global leader in health. With a team approach to care, we encourage learning and growth at all levels, and we offer competitive salaries and benefits. We adhere to the principles of a just and fair work environment for all colleagues, where respect is foundational and performance is rewarded.

About the Job


This position is a per diem role for a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant who will provide direct services to patients enrolled in substance use disorder treatment through comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment planning, counseling, and treatment of enrolled patients.  Programs include inpatient detoxification programs, opioid treatment programs, office-based opioid treatment programs, and residential treatment programs.

 In conjunction with the Medical Director, the Physician Extender will provide general medical and addiction medicine leadership and guidance to patients and program staff. The Physician Extender will provide expertise to help implement ASAM guidelines for standards of care in inpatient detoxification and opioid treatment centers. The Physician Extender will also share in the responsibility of developing and enforcing program standards and medical decisions including but not limited to general medicine/addiction medicine policies and procedures, medical/addiction criteria for admission, parameters for determining the need for emergency medical consult, or transfer to a higher level of care.

 Reviews pertinent assessment information to determine appropriateness for admission. Completes all necessary agency and regulatory documentation related to admission. Determines appropriate watches and protocols for treatment both at admission and during patients’ episode of treatment. Provides ongoing medical evaluations and treatments, and provides consultation and leadership to the multidisciplinary team.  Shares on-call responsibilities with other providers in the division.

Collaborates and makes recommendations to program multidisciplinary teams, as well as collateral physicians, psychotherapists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, or other professionals to obtain client history and to discuss treatment plans and progress. Reviews documentation from collateral providers.


Participates in development of multidisciplinary individualized care plans involving medication-assisted treatment and evidence-based psychotherapeutic and/or medication treatments to enrolled clients, when indicated.  Monitors patient responses to these treatments (including adverse

effects for medications) and makes necessary dose and medication adjustments or recommendations.


Must have successfully completed all educational and certification requirements to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) for psychiatric care in the state of Massachusetts or a physician assistant (PA).  Must possess and maintain current Massachusetts licensure as an advanced practice