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Ophthalmic Assistant Certified - UNC Eye Carolina Crossing

Company: UNC Health Care
Location: Chapel Hill
Posted on: March 8, 2023

Job Description:

Job Description

Description This position qualifies for a $5,000 commitment incentive, paid in six (6) installments over a three (3) year commitment. Payment is made after each six (6) month period of work completed. Learn more here: Become part of an inclusive organization with over 40,000 diverse employees, whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of the unique communities we serve.Summary:This is basic level work obtaining routine history information and performing standardized ophthalmic tests according to physician orders. Work is performed under the direction and supervision of an Ophthalmologist. Assignments are recurring and typically repetitive tasks with some variety and some intricacy. Clinic policies and procedures are well-established and followed.This position is responsible for obtaining pre-certifications and pre-authorizations for all in-clinic minor procedures, intravitreal injections and medications. Works closely with physicians, patients and with all commercial payers to successfully complete the authorization process. Answers incoming phone calls from patients regarding minor procedures and procedure authorizations. Demonstrates proficiency in the use of the computer for all aspects of patient care, authorization process and chart documentation. Facilitates the coordination of patient procedures with physician's schedule, and other areas of the clinic. Participates in patient education by providing structured written/verbal information to patients regarding procedures, authorizations. Understands that the stress of illness may alter patient behavior and ability to follow through on a plan of health care; interact with respect, including in situations where the patient and/or family display anger or distress. This position requires a COA, and a strong ophthalmic background (including, but not limited to; ophthalmic terminology, abbreviations, procedures), knowledge of how the prior authorization process works, experience interacting with commercial insurance payers and experience with EHR. Responsibilities:
1. Patient Assessment - Interviews patient to collect and update medical and ocular history, family and social history, records previous surgeries and treatments, updates medications, allergies and pharmacy information. Obtains patients chief complaint asking questions as appropriate for recording severity, context, duration, frequency, associated symptoms, pain scale, etc.
2. Patient Testing - Independently performs elements of comprehensive exam such as visual acuity using various methods such as Snellen, Tumbling E's, Allen Pictures, etc., Neutralize glasses Rx with auto-lensometer or manual method and transpose between minus and plus cylinder format, Measure Intra-Ocular pressure using Applanation, Tonopen or I-Care method, measure, compare and evaluate pupillary responses, ocular motility to include versions and ductions, cover tests, stereo acuity and nystagmus, visual fields including confrontation, automated perimetry and Amsler Grid method, color vision, auto-refraction, manifest refraction, schirmer's tear testing, inflammadry and osmolarity testing, glare testing, keratometry readings (automated or manual) and corneal pachymetry.
3. Patient Set Up - Sets up for Lasers, minor surgical procedures, and injections using sterile technique where applicable. Educate patients on procedures, testing , systemic diseases and their ocular manifestations, instruct on proper medication use and treatments, how to apply eye dressings, etc. May take vital signs such as blood pressure or glucose testing or perform CPR in emergency situations.
4. Equipment Maintenance - Cleans and calibrates ophthalmic instruments and equipment, replaces bulbs and batteries, monitors clinic medical and labaratory supplies and reports shortages to facilities manager to be reordered. Cleans and sterilizes instruments according to UNC policy. Cleans and stocks exam rooms and ancillary testing rooms when needed. Maintains calibration of ophthalmic instruments and reports malfunctioning equipment to facilities manager for prompt repair.
5. Special Testing - With limited supervision, may perform special testing such as OCT, Fundus Photography, Fluorescein Angiography and Topography, Axial Length measurements using IOL Master or Immersion method as directed by the physician or in compliance with predetermined protocols.

Other InformationOther information:
Education Requirements:
* High School diploma or GED
Licensure/Certification Requirements:
* National Certification by the Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology at the Assistant level.
Professional Experience Requirements:
* If graduation from an accredited CoA-OMP or CMA (Canadian Medical Association) training program: Six (6) months of clinical experience.
Knowledge/Skills/and Abilities Requirements:

Job DetailsLegal Employer: STATEEntity: UNC Faculty Physicians
Organization Unit: UNC Eye Carolina Crossing Work Type: Full Time
Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00Work Schedule: Day JobLocation of Job: US:NC:Chapel HillExempt From Overtime: Exempt: No
This is a State position employed by UNC Health Care System.

Keywords: UNC Health Care, Chapel Hill , Ophthalmic Assistant Certified - UNC Eye Carolina Crossing, Other , Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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