Adult Inpatient Unit Chief - Psychiatry - Kings County - Brooklyn, NY - Full Time
New York, New York, United States
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Job Summary

Occupation Physician
Specialty Medical Director
Degree Required MD/DO
Position Type Permanent/Full-Time
Work Environment Hospital Clinic/Private Practice
Location Brooklyn, New York, United States
Visa Sponsorship No

Job Description

Last Update: 11/20/22

Physician Affiliate Group of New York (PAGNY) is one of the largest multi-disciplinary groups in the country whose main purpose is to nurture and embolden the healthcare providers who take care of the most fragile and vulnerable patients in New York City. PAGNY people do more than diagnose and treat; we uplift the spirits and dignity of patients because we love what we do, and it shows. PAGNY is committed to recruiting and retaining productive and enthusiastic physicians and promotes our health professionals’ wellness.

PAGNY is comprised of over 4,000 physicians and healthcare professionals who provide services to NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H), the largest public health system in the United States. Our practitioners are highly skilled professionals with outstanding credentials who deliver the highest level of quality healthcare to patients throughout New York City.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, located in the heart of Brooklyn, accommodate more than 518,076 outpatient visits, more than 141,328 emergency room visits, and with 627 beds, more than 25,000 inpatient admissions annually. The hospital maintains a strong academic affiliation with SUNY Downstate Medical Center in order to maintain its high standards of healthcare delivery.

Kings County is located in the East Flatbush/Prospect-Lefferts section of Brooklyn, close to the 2 and 5 subways. Our patients are diverse, with the majority being afro-Caribbean. Most of our patients are native English speakers. Knowledge of French/Haitian Creole is helpful, but not required.

Responsibilities:

The Unit Chief collaborates with a robust interdisciplinary treatment team, including nurses, psychologists, clinical pharmacists, social workers, licensed creative arts therapists, and peer counselors to oversee daily operations of an Adult Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit.

Oversee Unit Clinical Structure

  1. Establish and oversee interdisciplinary teams and team meetings
  2. Ensure that community meetings and other therapeutic groups take place as scheduled
  3. Participate in Behavioral Codes on the unit, providing leadership to the staff and patient community
  4. Participate in Medical Codes on the unit until the Code Team arrives

Provide Direct Patient Care

  1. Provide direct care for a case load of patients on the unit, including appropriate and timely documentation

Monitor Patient Care

  1. Work with all teams on the unit to monitor length of stay and appropriate dispositions, particularly ensuring that:
  2. Patients who are refusing medications are taken to court promptly
  3. Patients who have reached their 18th day are referred for state hospitalization for continuing treatment
  4. Patients who would benefit from AOT are referred promptly
  5. Other potential barriers to discharge are identified and solved for
  6. Work with the medical-consultation team ensure that medical problems are properly identified and managed
  7. Ensure that legal statuses are up to date and accurate
  8. Provide clinical consultation to teams on your unit
  9. Assist and supervise unit psychiatrists and nurse practitioners as needed
  10. Monitor the need for psychiatrist assessments and other components of applications of aftercare, in such applications for appropriate housing, residential placements and state referrals
  11. Participates and conducts inter-disciplinary case discussions (tier reviews) of complex cases as per policy

Chart Completion

  1. Monitor medical records for timely completion and clinical accuracy

Performance Improvement, Quality Assurance and Risk Management

  1. Participate in Performance Improvement and Quality Assurance activities, including chart reviews. Educates unit staff members on Performance Improvement, Quality Assurance activities, indicators, etc. and be able to help the unit improve if their performance is below the mean for the service
  2. In collaboration with risk management reviews major incidents on the inpatient unit
  3. Monitor the use of emergency procedures including: restraints, manual holds, and emergency IM medications

Coverage

  1. In partnership with the Medical Director of Acute Inpatient Services, ensure that there is adequate psychiatric coverage on the unit at all times, including staff vacations

Regulatory Activities

  1. Assist in the preparation for surveys
  2. Maintain awareness of the standards for certification by the various regulatory agencies including NY Office of Mental Health and The Joint Commission

Utilization management

  1. Work with the UM department to conduct MD to MD reviews and participate in any appeals to ensure authorization of inpatient stays
  2. Maintains focus on key strategic priorities including patient experience, access to care, increased market share, and improving financial stability
Qualifications:
  • Must be board eligible or board certified in Adult Psychiatry
  • M.D. or D.O. from an accredited school of medicine
  • Completed residency training in an accredited program within Psychiatry
  • License to practice medicine in the State of New York
  • At least two years of experience in leadership roles
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required prior to hire

Benefits include:

  • Competitive compensation package
  • 10% 401K company contribution after one year of service
  • Choice of a three-tiered nearly FREE medical plan
  • Excellent dental insurance including orthodontics coverage
  • Generous paid time off program
  • CME days and dollars
  • Eligibility for loan forgiveness through the National Student Debt Forgiveness Center
  • Visa candidates are considered
  • Medical Malpractice policy coverage

Salary: $260,000

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