Indian Health Service Physical Therapy Assistant in Crow Agency, Montana

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Crow Agency, MT
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 9/20/2016 (32 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (10 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal, and Urban operated facilities and programs.

The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

OPEN UNTIL FILLED: The first certificate will be issued after 10/03/16. The second certificate will be issued after 10/18/16. The third certificate will be issued after 11/01/16.

This position is being re-advertised to solicit addtional applications. Applicants who applied previously need not reapply unless submitting updated and/or missing information. This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number ++IHS-16-BI-1765289-ESEP/MP++; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered This position is located within the Indian Health Service, Crow Service Unit, Crow Agency, MT.


Administration of procedures based on physical therapist treatment plan Explain treatment procedures and provide patient with instructions for visit, assist provider in procedures Assist with the scheduling, registration, and discharge process of patients in the Physical Therapy Clinic Provide information and basic health education and teaching to patient and families Maintain safe, clean work and patient care area.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel my be required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required

To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience. Individual Occupational Requirements GS-04: 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience OR 2 years above high school with courses related to the occupation. To qualify based on specialized experience for the GS-04 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-3) that included duties such as: Manage a medical office setting, provide support services such as monitoring inventory, ordering supplies, scheduling appointments and handling forms for completion. Answer telephone, and properly triage calls into categories of routine, urgent, and/or emergent, and take appropriate action. Duties will include but are not limited to use of the computerized scheduling program to schedule patient appointments at the time they present to clinic or call to schedule an appointment, enter cancellations and no-shows as appropriate, make scheduling changes as needed, work with the Physical Therapist to maintain a functioning and flowing schedule, mail letters as appropriate per department policy. The incumbent will interview patients to obtain patient registration information prior to patient being seen in clinic. The incumbent will obtain and verify the health records and RPMS Patient Registration information for Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance eligibility for all patients seen prior to clinic visits GS-05: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level OR 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation To qualify based on specialized experience for the GS-05 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-4) that included duties such as: Operate, maintain, clean, and operate Physical Therapy department equipment, including hydrocollator, freezer, weights, and be able to set up any U.S. and electrical stimulation units. Administer the full range of physical therapy agents to include but not limited to heat, cold, estim, US, transfer procedures, manual therapy (excluding joint mobilizations), therapeutic exercises, therapeutic activities and patient instruction. Perform patient transfers safely and independently. Responsible for daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning duties, as well as maintaining cleaning logs and daily temperature check logs for legal purposes. The incumbent will obtain and verify the health records and RPMS Patient Registration information for Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance eligibility for all patients seen prior to clinic visits. GS-06: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level. Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above GS-5 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position To qualify based on specialized experience for the GS-06 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-5), you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-5) that included duties such as: Administer treatment procedures to patients based on physical therapist's treatment plan and will change this plan only with input and approval from the Physical Therapist, may have patients assigned to him/her by the supervisor. Adhere to regulations and rules set out in the Montana State Practice Act for Physical Therapy at all times. The incumbent will be familiar with and able to run the Electronic Health Record GUI so that he/she is able to register a patient; document chief complaint, POV (purpose of visit), treatment information in SOAP note format, patient education, length of treatment and services provided (billing information with appropriate codes). Identify patients whose health benefits are subject to prior approval. Call third party insurance provided to obtain prior approval and pre-certification for Physical Therapy visits as directed prior to patient's first clinic visit. Call patients to make appointments for Physical Therapy evaluation and ensure that the schedule maximizes treatment time slots. File printed patient notes from the Electronic Health Record GUI and all physical therapy related forms in correct order in medical record to keep Primary Care Providers aware of current patient status. Prior to returning charts to medical records, the incumbent will check reports to assure completeness and accuracy. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels and positions for which both education and experience are acceptable. Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 and above): Examples of qualifying specialized experience include work as an assistant to one of the specialized therapies such as occupational, physical, manual arts, corrective, or educational therapy; or experience gained as an assistant or aid in patient care, social work, or psychology where the duties involved actual participation in physical medicine and activities of a hospital or clinic. General Experience: (l) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Applicants who have the 1 year of appropriate specialized experience, as indicated, are not required by this standard to have general experience, education above the high school level, or any additional specialized experience to meet the minimum qualification requirements.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant MUST verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the “Status”. Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

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Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement. Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which annual leave is earned. A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement. This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit. This position has promotion potential to the GS-06 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges. Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $28,886.00 to $46,831.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0636-04/06

Promotion Potential: 06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens; PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply to the merit promotion announcement in order to receive consideration.

Control Number: 451051500

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R1-BI-1765334-DE