Summary: The Lead Physician, Rural Primary Care Services
promotes excellence of clinical care at Petaluma Health Center’s
rural sites through the following: oversight of clinical guidelines
and clinical risk management; supervision of Primary Care
Physicians and Advanced Practice Clinicians; onboarding of new
providers; and establishment of rural health teaching
The Lead Physician opportunity provides growth opportunity for
an Associate Medical Director position.
Areas of Responsibility:
Clinical Duties (24-32 hours per week)
Provides for the diagnosis and treatment of health center
patients within the scope of his/her license to practice medicine
for a specified panel of patients including a minimum of 500
Coastal Health Alliance (CHA) patients and including at lease one
day of on-site care provision at a CHA rural site.
Provides back-up for nurse practitioners and physician
assistants on site, or by phone during the day or after hours.
Leadership Responsibilities (approximately 8 hours per week)
Clinical Supervision and Management:
Ensures provider competency in the delivery of high quality
clinical care. Conducts physician and Advanced Practice Clinician
evaluations via chart audit, direct observation, and analysis of
patient and staff satisfaction surveys. Analyzes results on a
quarterly basis and collaborates with Medical Director, Primary
care and providers to set development goals and improvement
Oversees clinical risk management processes at the individual
and team level. Collaborates with the Director of Risk and
Compliance and Chief Medical Officer to investigate issues and
works directly with providers and team on necessary
Assists the organization in recruitment of new providers and
maintenance of programs for provider retention.
Trains new providers in the organization’s delivery of patient
Quality Improvement and Services:
Collaborates with Quality Improvement and Integration teams to
promote improvements in quality of care
Provides continuing medical education as requested for providers
on topics related to primary care provision and Quality Improvement
Collaborates with Quality and Informatics teams to provide
clinical leadership for health information technology innovations,
and new methods of care delivery
Collaborates with PHC Teaching Programs to develop and oversee
Rural Health curriculum and training for NP/PA and Family Medicine
Participate in Operations Meetings, Associate Director Meetings,
and other management or quality meetings as assigned by Medical
Director, Primary Care & CMO.
Other Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of legal and ethical standards for the delivery of
Knowledge of related accreditation and certification
Knowledge of quality, safety, and/or infection control
Knowledge of current principles, methods and procedures for the
delivery of medical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.
Demonstrated resourcefulness in providing solutions and setting
Effective interpersonal skills to work effectively with all
levels within the health center
Experience and Skills: Qualifications: To perform this job
successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential
duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are
representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability
Graduate from an accredited medical school
Board Certified MD or DO with current California License and
Two or more years experience providing primary care in a family
practice setting in good standing preferred
One or more years of previous management experience highly
Experience working in a NCQA Patient –Centered Medical Home
(PCMH) Recognized organization; understanding of NCQA Level 3
(highest) PCMH recognition requirements highly preferred
Experience working in a Joint Commission Accredited health care
organization; understanding of Joint Commission Ambulatory Care
Accreditation requirements highly preferred.
Licenses and Certifications
State of California Medical License or Osteopathic Physician
Medical Specialty License or Certification; Board certified or
Board Eligible in Specified Area of Medical Specialty.
Must maintain CME as required for certification renewals.
Must be BLS Certified.
Must be able to successfully meet PHC’s credentialing and
Ability to read, analyze and interpret common technical
journals, financial reports and legal documents. Ability to
communicate with customers, regulatory agencies or members of the
business community. Bilingual in English and Spanish, both written
and verbal preferred.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide in all units of
measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals at a
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and
draw conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of
technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal
with several abstract and concrete variables.
Microsoft Office, Outlook, Word, and Excel.
Advanced user of electronic medical record.
Providers on team.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are
representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Movement within health center complex environment repeatedly
throughout the day
Ability to write by hand, use phone, use computer keyboard and
mouse extensively to perform general office functions
Manual wrist and finger dexterity and wrist-finger speed
sufficient to perform repetitive actions for extended periods of
Ability to effectively communicate y hearing continuously and
speech in a manner which can be understood by a diverse
Ability to give and follow verbal and written instructions with
attention to detail and accuracy
Must have visual acuity near and far (20 inches to 20 feet),
depth perception, field of vision, ability to focus on an object,
ability to identify and distinguish colors
Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time (minimum
periods of one (1) hour at a time)
Ability to frequently walk, end, squat, stoop, kneel, twist,
crouch, and climb with the use of a step stool
Ability to grasp hold and pick up and reach with hands and
Ability to frequently lift and or move up to fifteen (15)
Ability to occasionally lift and carry up to thirty-five (35)
pounds (periodic lifting of supplies or equipment)
Ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously
Ability to travel to and from other health center sites and
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described
here are representative of those an employee encounters while
performing the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is
regularly exposed to Health Center areas and general office
environment. The work environment is a clean, well-lit, well
-ventilated and temperature-controlled environment. The noise level
in the work environment is usually moderate. The hours of duty are
lengthy and irregular.
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