Physician (Compensation & Pension)

US Government, Department of Veterans Affairs

The VA Northern Arizona Healthcare System is one of the leading health care systems serving Veterans in the VA Desert Pacific Network. We’re an innovative care center within the Veterans Integrated Service Network 22 (VISN 22). VISN 22 includes medical centers and clinics in Arizona, California, and New Mexico. At the VA Northern Arizona Healthcare System, we’re dedicated to improving the lives of Veterans and their families every day.


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Job Grade: 15
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The incumbent will be a Licensed Independent Provider Physician in the Compensation & Pension/Environmental Registry Department and will report to the C&P supervisor and the clinical Service Line Manger. As a physician, provides clinical examinations, order diagnostic studies for patients undergoing C&P exams and/or Environmental Registry exams in the C&P department. The incumbent will perform and record history and physical examinations and records data form the clinic visit in the electronic medical record. Evaluate, consult, develop diagnosis, and complete forensic compensation and pension examinations as well as Environmental health examinations. Enter progress notes in computerized medical record and complete workload documentation in a timely manner. Order diagnostic tests as medically relevant for each patient. May also see patients via VA approved Telehealth System. Determine medical assessment and develop treatment plans according to accepted protocols. The incumbent will provide the following C&P/Environmental Registry services within the credentialing and privileges of a physician including: Performs a full range of forensic examinations specific to Compensation and Pension claims filed according to the VBA/DMA protocol. Documents C&P examinations in the electronic health care record, CAPRI and CPRS in a timely manner and sufficiently for VBA rating. Develops, implements and documents the examination of veterans whom have been exposed to environmental hazards during their service. Documents the exam timely in CPRS and the Environmental Registry Database, adhering to the national protocols and War Related Illness and Injury Study guidelines. Coordinates any needed consultative care required to complete a forensic examination Coordinates with VA Primary Care providers regarding finding discovered on the Environmental Registry Comprehensive Health Exam. Assumes complete and professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions and documentation. Participates in Office of Disability and Medical Assessment (DMA) Compensation and Pension educational opportunities and trainings available in VA’s Talent Management System (TMS). Maintains DMA certification necessary to perform any VA disability or registry examination. Provides education to patients, families and caregivers. Demonstrates active learning and involvement in the professional community. Actively participates in educational activities with program personnel. Adheres to operational policies and complies with peer review procedures. Utilizes computer software applications to document patient medical records and facilitate clinical care. Adheres to policy, procedure, protocols. Maintains compliance with Patient Privacy and HIPPA regulations. Maintains compliance with coding and billing regulations. 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 paid time off 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 (must be full-time with board certification)
Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided
Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Work Schedule: TBD with hiring manager.


To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences. Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as “Physician Resident Providers” (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a “scope of practice” that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: Experience in compensation and pension/disability examinations and environmental health registry examinations. Experience using CAPRI and CPRS/VistA. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Job Requirements:

U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination. Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) – See “Additional Information” below for details.

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