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Vision Assistant (VA) / (Certified) Ophthalmic Assistant (OA/COA) / Certified Ophthalmic Technician

Company: SSM Health Dean Medical Group
Location: Madison
Posted on: November 10, 2019

Job Description:

?Vision Assistant (VA) / (Certified) Ophthalmic Assistant (OA/COA) / Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) / Certified Medical Ophthalmic Technician (COMT) The VA/OA/COA/COT/COMT under the supervision and direction of the Ophthalmologist / Optometrist, participates in the care and treatment of ophthalmic patients.??The VA/OA/COA/COT/COMT may also act as a scribe by documenting (on behalf of the provider) all clinically relevant interaction and dialogue during the course of the patient visit.? ?? ?Responsibilities: ?? ?Manages patient flow and performs rooming standards.Initiate documentation of the patient?s chief complaint, history of present illness, review of systems, and all pertinent ocular findings accurately and in accordance with compliance guidelines. Perform testing to include visual acuity measurement, color vision testing, lensometry, keratometry, testing pupil function, tonometry, automated perimetry, evaluation of EOMs, confrontation visual field testing, and other patient services as requested by the ophthalmologist.? Measure and record vital signs including blood pressure, pulse and respirations.? Administer topical ophthalmic and oral medications at the direction of the physician.Escorts patients to other areas of the department for completion of the examination.Collects and records accurate telephone information and relays it to ophthalmic provider or technician.Depending on location and/or department, may be responsible for performing the following responsibilities:Basic computer scheduling, canceling and coordination of appointment.Auditing of charge tickets for 24-hour turnover and verification of procedure and diagnosis code.May act as a scribe by documenting (on behalf of the provider) all clinically relevant interaction and dialogue during the course of the patient visit.? This will include:? documenting history and exam, entering diagnoses, orders (medications, labs, imaging, consults, etc.), diagnoses, E&M, follow up and patient instructions.? Review instructions and goals and print the visit summary for the patient.?? Assist with minor surgery procedures and laser treatments in the office.Inventory and maintain surgical instruments in accordance with OSHA standards. Remove and apply dressings as directed.Educate patients regarding administration of medications, and pre- and post- operative instructions as directed by physician. Complete requests for prescription refills as authorized by physician with full documentation in patient chart.Screen patients and calls for emergency/urgent situations; obtain pertinent information for provider.Must have a good general knowledge of contact lenses. Orders and maintains supplies and material needed in the assigned work area.Open and close exam lanes daily, ensuring that equipment is cleaned and disinfected in an appropriate manner, battery-powered instruments are seated properly in recharge?? wells, slit lamps and projectors are switched off and are under covers. Assist with maintenance of clinical examination equipment. Coordinates surgical packets with appropriate surgical site.Participate in teaching students when requested, model a high-quality practice, participate in orientation of new personnel and their development.Attends and participates in programs offering continuing education.Acts as a resource to other health care providers.Follow all safety procedures as per protocol guidelines.Performs additional medical responsibilities assigned by ophthalmic provider, who supervises and assumes legal responsibilities for these actions. Performs other duties as assigned.?? Vision Assistant Required: High school diploma or equivalent2 years of relevant experience.Must complete and pass the Proficiency Assessment delivered at the conclusion of the onboarding program.Completion of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Home Study Course within two years of employment OR completion of the JCAT Independent Study Course within two years of employment OR enrollment in an Ophthalmic/Optometric formal course of instruction.? ? ? Ophthalmic Assistant / Certified Ophthalmic Assistant Requirements: Completion of the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel of Ophthalmology Certified Ophthalmic?? Assistant examination.Must complete and pass the Proficiency Assessment delivered at the conclusion of the onboarding program. Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) Required: Completion of the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel of Ophthalmology Certified Ophthalmic Technician examination. Certified Medical Ophthalmic Technologist (COMT) Required: Associate degree or equivalent training in a previous medical institution.Certified with JCAHPO at the C.O.M.T. level or similar organization.Maintain an extensive working knowledge of related clinical/surgical problems. ??

Preferred:
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Previous medical experience.
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EssentialPhysical Functions:
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The physicaldemands described here are representative of those that must be met by anemployee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.?Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilitiesto perform the essential functions.
Ability to sit or stand for extended periods and to move quicklybetween tasks.Ability to hear and converse on the phone and in person.Ability to see fine print and to use the computer.Ability to perform fine motor tasks, such as when working withinstruments, taking blood pressures and performing other patient care tasks,writing, computer or phone tasks.Ability to safely lift up to 20 pounds and to push/pull up to 100pounds when working with equipment, pushing wheelchairs or assisting withpatient handling tasks.?Ability to bend/twist and crouch when performing various jobtasks.Ability to work with and to wear appropriate Personal ProtectiveEquipment when working with blood borne pathogens or other chemicals.Depending on location assigned, may need to be able to safelydrive a person vehicle on a weekly or daily basis.Ability to wear a respirator/mask.
?AboutSSM Health Dean Medical Group:
Based inMadison, Wis., SSM Health - Dean Medical Group consists of a network of morethan 60 clinics in south-central Wisconsin. Our more than 500 physiciansprovide primary, specialty and tertiary care in the clinics as well as eye carethrough our Davis Duehr Dean locations. Dean Medical Group also offers urgentcare services and operates outpatient surgery centers. Dean Medical Groupjoined SSM Health in 2013.
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Keywords: SSM Health Dean Medical Group, Madison , Vision Assistant (VA) / (Certified) Ophthalmic Assistant (OA/COA) / Certified Ophthalmic Technician, Professions , Madison, Wisconsin

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