The Eastern Colorado Veterans Health Care System (ECHCS), Social Work Service is currently recruiting for one (1) Social Worker (Program Coordinator) Military Treatment Facility Liaison attached to the PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom Clinic at Colorado Springs, CO working at US Army Ft. Carson, CO. This position requires the incumbent to operate a government vehicle and must be licensed to operate a motor vehicle. Submission of a valid driver's license must be included with application. The position will primarily work out of US Army Ft. Carson, CO with some required travel to the Colorado Springs VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic and surrounding military bases. The Social Worker (Program Coordinator) is directly responsible to the Transition and Care Management Program Manager within the Care Management and Social Work Service under the office of Associate Director of Patient Care Services. Although the VA Liaisons must report administratively to the VA health care facility closest to the Military Treatment Facility (MTF), they must report programmatically to the VHA Care Management and Social Work Services, Office of Patient Care Services. The position is part of a nationally recognized initiative to seamlessly transition the health care of injured and ill Servicemembers and Veterans from the Department of Defense (DOD) to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system. The VA MTF Liaison for Healthcare is seen as the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) representative to the military installation and must represent the VA in all aspects of patient care, transfer and outreach. The primary role of the VA Liaison is to ensure the transfer of health care, both inpatient and outpatient, from the MTF to the appropriate VA health care facility. The VA Liaison must work on-site at the MTF with staff, Servicemember(s), families, Caregivers, and Veterans to ensure priority access to needed health care services and education regarding VHA benefits. Servicemembers and Veterans returning from combat theaters may have severe and complex illnesses and injuries, minor illnesses and injuries, and mental health needs. The practice of each VA Liaison is based on knowledge, experience, and research, and is expected to impact patient outcomes and improve care coordination and continuity for polytrauma patients, as well as for returning and transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans with both severe and non-severe injuries. The VA Liaison is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. The VA Liaison is also assigned in a setting assigned to work with special patient populations with highly complex health and mental health problems. The Social Worker (Program Coordinator) MTF Liaison, Will work closely with the MTF treatment team as an independent practitioner; using advanced practice skills and expertise to provide ongoing consultation regarding complex discharge planning issues; and VA health care benefits, resources and facilities. Develops relationships and collaborating with the MTF social workers, nurses, case managers, managed care staff, and discharge planners to identify Servicemembers and Veterans ready for discharge to a VA health care facility and to obtain clear referral information and authorization for VHA to treat those still on active duty. Identifies the Servicemember's/Veteran's health care and psychosocial needs, and include requests for VHA health care services to ensure Clinical and Consult Orders or authorizations, specifying which VHA services are authorized and are completed prior to the transfer of any Servicemember(s)/Veteran(s) to a VA health care facility. Meets with the Servicemember/Veteran and family to provide education and an overview of VA health benefits and resources, and to address current medical and psychosocial issues identified as part of the Servicemember's/Veteran's treatment plan. Identifying and communicating with the TCM Program Manager and Lead Coordinator if applicable, at the receiving VA health care facility to initiate and process referrals and linkages for transfers of care. Facilitates the the continuity of care, communicating and collaborating with the Servicemember and family regarding the plans for transition while determining any unique needs requiring attention. Provides patient level referral and outcome information on all transfers of care from the MTF to the VA Liaison National Program Manager, Care Management and Social Work Services, Office of Patient Care Services, on a monthly basis, inputting summary information into the workload activity log in Federal Case Management Tool (FCMT) on a weekly basis, and attending regularly scheduled conference calls. Collaborates and communicates with various agencies and departments at the national, state and local level in ensuring the seamless transition of health care. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30a.m.-4:00p.m. or 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m. (40 hour work week) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599374900
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.