*Incentives Not Authorized The acupuncturist may treat a wide range of conditions and acupuncture may be used alone or as an adjunct to traditional medical care. The acupuncturist includes the stimulation of specific points along the skin of the body using thin needles with or without the addition of electric stimulation. The acupuncturist may use various techniques commonly taught in East Asian Medicine or Acupuncture schools. Examples of duties listed below: Provide individualized acupuncture/acupressure treatment. The acupuncturist will utilize standard medical evaluation procedures and, if trained and appropriate, East Asian Medicine evaluation to formulate a differential diagnosis to develop an acupuncture treatment plan for pain patients. The acupuncturist shall incorporate the various training techniques taught within East Asian Medicine and acupuncture. The acupuncturist shall educate patients on health lifestyle changes including nutrition, exercise, sleeping habits, stress management, mind body techniques and other matters related to acupuncture care. This care may be delivered via various modalities (in person, video, and/or phone), and in various settings, including outpatient and inpatient areas. If the acupuncturist is not already trained in acupressure, training will be provided; the acupuncturist must be willing to undergo this training and perform this care (as well as teach Veterans to perform acupressure on themselves for self-care). Provide group acupuncture and acupressure. The acupuncturist will provide group acupuncture and, if trained and applicable, East Asian Medicine care for pain patients. This care may be delivered via various modalities (in person, video, and/or phone), and in various settings, including outpatient and inpatient areas. Complete clinical notes in electronic health record system. The acupuncturist shall document and code information related to patient care in the VA's electronic health care record on a timely basis following VHA policies. Consent shall be completed prior to acupuncture treatment where any needling procedure occurs, in adherence with current VHA policies. The acupuncturist communicates with other health care providers as appropriate. Maintain trainings/certifications and attend required meetings. The acupuncturist shall maintain up-to-date VHA and professional trainings, as well as NCCAOM certification/other professional credentials and licenses. Required meetings must be attended. Multi/Interdisciplinary team work. The Pain Clinic is a multidisciplinary section, and the acupuncturist is expected to work with Pain and other staff members in a collaborative manner to provide optimal team-based care for complex pain patients. Administration. The acupuncturist will review referrals, screen for appropriateness of care, and direct Veterans to other services when necessary. The acupuncturist is the subject matter expert on acupuncture and, if trained and applicable, East Asian Medicine services and will provide guidance when requested regarding purchased care. The acupuncturist will assist with helping to expand the Pain Clinic's acupuncture/acupressure services and serve as a liaison between Pain Clinic, Whole Health (both within and outside the Pain Clinic) and other department/Service Line team members to develop new ways to provide services and deliver care for pain patients. Scholarly activity. The acupuncturist will assist in collecting data and participate in Quality Improvement and/or scholarly activities/dissemination of this information as requested by the Pain Section Director and/or Anesthesia/Pain Service Line Leader. Other Pain Clinic activities. The acupuncturist will assist with other activities within the Anesthesia/Pain Service Line as requested by the Pain Section Director and/or Anesthesia/Pain Service Line Leader. Work Schedule: Day tour (eg. 7AM-3:30PM, or 7:30-4PM, or 8AM-4:30PM), Monday - Friday Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.