The Dental Service Chief serves as a practicing dentist, performing a range of dental procedures for the treatment of common dental diseases requiring standard corrective, restorative, or preventive measures. The role ensures compliance with applicable VHA, VISN, Medical Center and Dental Service Handbooks, Directives, Policies and Procedures. Education and length of practice are considered through a formal pay-setting process to determine the final compensable salary (Base Pay + Market Pay) The Chief of Dental Service shall be knowledgeable of all disciplines of clinical dentistry, to include Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Endodontics and Orthodontics. The Chief should also possess the expertise and competency to perform their specific scope of practice defined through the medical center credentialing and privileging process. This position as Chief of Dental is responsible to the Chief of Staff. Leadership assigns patient care management by defining objectives, priorities and deadlines; general guidance is provided, but functions and responsibilities are carried out independently. The incumbent keeps the Chief of Staff informed of progress of all clinical and administrative matters. Results are reviewed for completion and conformance with policy. Duties and Responsibilities of the Chief of Dental will include but are not limited to: Ensures clinical care is delivered in accordance with hospital and VHA policy, meeting or exceeding community standards and VHA national benchmarks. Is knowledgeable of, and maintains Service compliance with a) VHA Handbooks and Directives, b) VISN Policies, c) Medical Center Memorandum and d) Service Policies and Procedures pertinent to dental clinic management. Is knowledgeable of regulatory requirements for VA dental residencies with an emphasis upon Resident Supervision. Is knowledgeable and capable for responding to Congressional inquiries regarding issues germane to the Dental Service. Is knowledgeable and in compliance with accreditation standards, including IG, Joint Commission, and other applicable survey/oversight entities. Is knowledgeable and in compliance with Safety and Environment of Care (EOC) standards and programs including the following: MSDS Requirements ,the Joint Commission EOC Standards, Disposal of Hazardous Wastes, GEMS Program, Facility Emergency Preparedness Plan, Infection Control Guidelines for Dentistry including management of RME. Has a working understanding and knowledge of available reports and data sources available through VistA, VCCS, DSS and other VHA data sources to facilitate management of the Dental Service. Responsible for the fiscal oversight of the Dental Service. Prepares and annual gap analysis to assess demand versus capacity. Projects Dental Service workforce levels to meet current and future dental demand. Assesses equipment and space needs for the Dental Service. Prepares the Service annual budget and management briefing incorporating the gap analysis, workforce projections including contracts if applicable and equipment/space needs. Collaborates with DSS to ensure appropriate labor mapping of all Dental Service staff. Manages overtime in compliance with facility policy. Manages the Dental Fee Base Program in compliance with applicable VHA and local policies. Has knowledge of and utilizes system redesign principles to promote organization improvement, optimize overall Service efficiency and effectiveness. Develops performance metrics for all provider classification to drive performance and to direct desired behavior. Is in compliance with VHA Scheduling Directives to enhance the management of access. Is actively engaged in facility Quality Improvement activities, including compliance with the VA credentialing/privileging process and ensuring that an active Peer Review process is in place for Dental Service providers. Actively engaged in Service Recovering and have knowledge of SHEP and other patient satisfaction data sources. Uses customer service data for service improvement. Other duties as assigned VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Work Schedule: M-F, 7:30-4:00pm
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.