The selectee will develop and recommend policies and procedures for the procurement and service requirements for ancillary testing (testing outside the physical confines of the main laboratory as mandated by VHA) including ensuring CLIA licenses are maintained in off-site facilities such as Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) and Outpatient Clinics (OPC). ATC must have advanced knowledge of specialized and complex subject matter extending beyond the duties of test performance. The ATC consults with program managers or equivalent of clinical services to identify ancillary testing needs and to analyze emerging trends and technology and adopts appropriate methods, serving as a recognized technical expert to provide authoritative advice, training, troubleshooting, quality assessment and ancillary testing program consultation. Some of the duties include, but are not limited to: Develops and recommends policy and procedures for the procurement and service requirements for ancillary or point-of-care testing (testing outside the physical confines of the main Laboratory as mandated by VHA) requirement and instrumentation. Ensure the appropriate correlation among different instrumentation and methodologies. Trains and evaluates the competency of a variety of individuals (physicians, nurses, nursing staff, PA, patients) in the performance of ancillary testing procedures and in the reporting of test results promptly, accurately, and proficiently. Serves as a recognized technical expert, (technical consultant or technical supervisor as mandated by CLIA) to provide authoritative advice and ancillary testing program consultation in areas of quality control/assurance, records control, proficiency testing, inspection, and accreditation to all levels of the organization. Evaluates ancillary testing activities to assess on-going day-to-day compliance with established protocols and guidelines. Recommends policy/protocol changes to correct deficiencies and improve the program. Creates, applies, and monitors re-engineering and continuous performance improvement initiatives, both within the program and/or the organization. Identifies, defines, and resolves issues associated with complex aspects of the data and ensures the validity of data in relation to the test systems. Consults with program managers or equivalent to clinical services to identify ancillary testing needs to analyze emerging trends and technology and adopts appropriate methods. Identifies, defines, and resolves problems associated with unique or controversial aspects of the ancillary testing management program where no direct precedents exist. Develops technical bulletins, procedures, training materials and other program materials, which ensure accreditation and compliance with all regulatory agencies concerning patient testing, result reporting, and proficiency testing. Develops and implements corrective action when deficiencies are identified. Assists the Regional Technical Specialist in serving as a technical consultant and liaison to three outpatient clinic (OPC) laboratories and numerous community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) and several off-site clinics to provide guidance in the areas of inspection, accreditation, safety, and quality control/assurance. Assists the Regional Technical Specialist in serving as a technical advisor for CBOC laboratory areas. Participates in the development of new CBOCs, particularly pertaining to the Laboratory specimen collection, preparation, and shipping areas. Serves as Contracting Officer Representative (COR) to all point-of-care equipment contracts and laboratory courier service contracts. Incumbent serves as chairperson to NF/SG HCS JC waived testing committee. The committee represents all point-of-care (POC) sites in the System. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Full-Time, M-F 7:30am to 4pm, with other shifts based on the needs of the service and patient care. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Functional Statement: Medical Technologist, Ancillary Testing Coordinator (ATC) Telework: Not available
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.