Indian Health Service Medical Support Assistant (PRC) in Poplar, Montana

Indian Health Service
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Poplar, MT
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 9/26/2016 (28 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 11/7/2016 (14 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Become a part of an innovative, dynamic, nationwide organization of dedicated health care providers working to meet the individual health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Health Service (IHS) employees are considerate in our care, creative in our approach, enthusiastic about our work and compassionate with our patients.

Our lifestyle is adventurous, community oriented and focused on service and problem solving as part of a professional interdisciplinary team. Join us in improving the health outcomes of 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

OPEN UNTIL FILLED. The first certificate will be issued after 10/07/16. The second certificate will be issued after 10/24/16. The third certificate will be issued after 11/07/16. This position is located within the Indian Health Service, Fort Peck Service Unit, Poplar, MT. 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.

  • Assist in determining patient eligibility, scope and priority for the PRC program. Respond to PRC inquiries and request for assistance that are made to the CEO.
  • Responsible for effective and maximum utilization of PRC funds.
  • Assist with the reporting of Catastrophic Health Emergency Fund (CHEF) cases by obligating these funds as soon as possible.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • Selectee will be subject to a probationary/trial period.
  • ESEP appointees typically serve two year trial period.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. BASIC REQUIREMENT(S): The following shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for this position: GS-05: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 grade level or 4 years above high school GS-06: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level. GS-07: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-06 grade level. 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 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. To qualify based on specialized experience for GS-05 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-04) level that included duties such as: Obligate funds in automated data system. Respond to inquiries and requests through telephone, correspondence and personal visits. Identify errors in data and take corrective action. Communicate with vendors, contractors and third parties. Maintain files. Providing administrative support. To qualify based on specialized experience for GS-06 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-05) level that included duties such as: Assure funds have been obligated within deadlines and unused obligations are cancelled. Being responsible for making sure transactions affecting funds are promptly processed. Effectively communicate with fiscal intermediaries, vendors and contractors. Review invoices to determine if authorizations have been issued. Research and take appropriate action on authorization errors/issues. Assist in determining patient eligibility. Respond to Contract Health Service inquiries through telephone, correspondence and personal visits. Identifies error messages in Resource Patient Management System and take corrective action. To qualify based on specialized experience for GS-07 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-06) level that included duties such as: Working more independently in carrying out the responsibilities of the office by implementing decisions made for the provision or denial of services. Respond to inquiries regarding denials, properly applying policies, procedures, laws, rules and regulations of the Contract Health Services program when determining patient eligibility, funds control techniques to account for allotted funds and preparing statements and reports concerning such funds. Assure funds have been obligated within deadlines and unused obligations are cancelled. Being responsible for making sure transactions affecting funds are promptly processed. Effectively communicate with fiscal intermediaries, vendors and contractors. Maintain obligation registers and Service Unit Commitment Register regarding funds for inpatient and outpatient services. Determine patient eligibility. Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Monday, November 07, 2016

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources (HR) office posting this announcement.

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.

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Other Information

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit. This position has promotion potential to the GS-07 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. 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. 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: $32,318.00 to $52,043.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0679-05/07

Promotion Potential: 07

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Candidates eligible under Indian Preference appointing authority; All Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment; Reinstatement eligible; Veterans Preference including Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA); Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligible; Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligible; Schedule A, and/or PHS Commissioned Corps Personnel

Control Number: 451675300

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-BI-1808197-ESEP/MP