Physician Assistant - Addiction Treatment Services (Boston location)

Location: Boston, MA
Job ID: 157547-1A
Date Posted: Oct 15, 2019
Category: Non Physician Provider

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Job Description

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Welcome to Beth Israel Lahey Health Behavioral Services.   Our team delivers quality care to clients and families in more than 30 communities throughout the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston. Our mission is to provide personal, compassionate, state-of-the-art, integrated behavioral healthcare that makes a difference in the lives of the people and communities we serve. Our services include mental health counseling, addiction treatment, and family and school-based services.

 

About the Job

Lahey Health Behavioral Services is currently searching for a Physician Assistant to work in a per diem capacity. Working in collaboration with the Chief Medical Officer, the Medical Director, and the Vice President of Addiction Services, the Physician Assistant will participate in the development and implementation of medical policies and procedures for patients enrolled in addiction treatment services programs. The PA will also provide direct services to patients enrolled in substance use disorder treatment through evaluation, diagnosis, treatment planning, counseling, and treatment of enrolled patients.  Programs may include inpatient detoxification programs, opioid treatment programs, and office-based opioid treatment programs.

Responsibilities: 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. Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Must have successfully completed all educational and certification requirements to practice as a Physician Assistant (PA) in the state of Massachusetts. Must possess and maintain current Massachusetts licensure as PA and current licensures with both the DEA and State of Massachusetts for controlled substances (Current buprenorphine waiver allowing for the prescribing of buprenorphine is mandatory. Evidence of progress will be considered).

Must have a minimum or 2 years of experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Must possess knowledge of the standard principles and practices of diagnosing and treating substance use disorders as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM); also, keeps current with developments in addiction treatment via the literature, conferences, Internet, etc.  Motivation to prescribe medications and medication-assisted treatments carefully with the aim of maximizing patient benefit while
avoiding/minimizing adverse effects and untoward drug interactions.

Must have outstanding planning and implementation skills, a strategic approach to problem-solving, a strong working knowledge of data-reporting and analysis skills, and sound interpersonal skills. Must be computer literate in standard desktop applications, such as Windows, Word, and Excel.