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Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant - Harlingen, TX

Company: UnitedHealth Group
Location: Harlingen
Posted on: June 23, 2022

Job Description:

A partner of the OptumCare network, WellMed Networks, Inc (WNI) is seeking a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant to join our team in TX. We are transforming healthcare nationally while providing Physician-led care locally. Start doing your life's best work.(sm) with the largest care delivery organization in the world.
The Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Physician Assistant (PA) practices as part of a collaborative team that may include, but is not limited to, Family Practice and/or Internal Medicine Physicians, RN Case Managers, and clinic staff. The purpose of this collaborative team is to provide a comprehensive, coordinated model of care to a mostly Medicare-aged population. The NP or PA primarily manages the geriatric-aged population either in the presence of, or in conjunction with the primary care physician and/or specialist. Unless specified, most NP or PA positions are outpatient. The NP or PA acts as an extension of the primary care physician to provide both chronic and acute care to our patients. The NP or PA performance will be tracked and comparatively reported using metrics related to the strategic direction and operational needs of the organization.
Primary Responsibilities:


  • The NP or PA is expected to be able to provide care consistent with their licensure and/or certification

  • Diagnoses and treats both acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and other chronic medical conditions. The NP or PA will also treat acute conditions such as minor injuries and other acute medical conditions such as infections or exacerbations of chronic diseases

  • Orders and interprets diagnostic lab work, x-rays, EKG

  • Prescribes medications and other modalities of treatment as needed to treat those conditions listed above

  • Counsels patients on various disease conditions they may be treating to ensure that the patient is educated to their disease process, treatment, and expected outcomes

  • Works as an integral part of a comprehensive and collaborative team in order to provide quality evidenced-based care to our patients

  • Performs all other related duties as assigned
    Position Highlights

    • Hospitalist leads a collaborative and comprehensive health care team

    • Only follow patients from a single payor system

    • 100% of patients will have a WellMed primary care provider

    • "Quality vs. Quantity Model" - Typical census per hospitalist is 12 to 15 patients per day

    • Patient panel is limited to geriatrics with Medicare Advantage coverage

    • All metrics are based on quality
      What makes an OptumCare organization different?

      • WellMed is a Medicare Advantage Plan that operates as a health system focused on Quality/Value Based Outcomes

      • Our care model limits daily volume to allow our providers the time needed to provide quality care to their patients

      • We offer clinical and leadership growth and stability second to none

      • Providers are supported to practice at the peak of their license

      • We are influencing change on a national scale while maintaining the culture and community of our local care organizations
        Compensation/Benefits Highlights:

        • Base Salary plus Annual Quality Incentive with a target of $50,000

        • OptumCare Physician Partnership Plan

        • 401k with match, Executive Savings Plan with Match, and UHG Employee Stock Purchase Program

        • Comprehensive Benefits from Optum Provider Services


          Careers with WellMed. Our focus is simple. We're innovators in preventative health care, striving to change the face of health care for seniors. We're impacting 240,000+ lives, primarily Medicare eligible seniors in Texas and Florida, through primary and multi-specialty clinics, and contracted medical management services. We've joined Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of companies, and our mission is to help the sick become well and to help patients understand and control their health in a lifelong effort at wellness. Our providers and staff are selected for their dedication and focus on preventative, proactive care. For you, that means one incredible team and a singular opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)
          Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: Optum is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Optum is a drug-free workplace. - 2019 Optum Health & Technology. All rights reserved.
          Required Qualifications:

          • Masters of Science in Nursing OR Certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)

          • Current Licensure through the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners OR Licensed Physician Assistant by the Texas State Medical Board

          • Current prescriptive authority from the Texas Board of Nursing OR Current prescriptive authority from the Texas State Medical Board

          • Comfortable managing a primarily Medicare-aged patient population

          • Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential requirement of this role. Candidates located in states that mandate COVID-19 booster doses must also comply with those state requirements. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination, and boosters when applicable, prior to employment to ensure compliance
            Preferred Qualifications:

            • Valid DEA license

            • 18+ months of clinical experience as a Nurse Practitioner or a Physician Assistant

            • Bilingual (English/Spanish) proficiency

            • Ability to communicate with all levels of employees and maintain relationships with various health plans
              To protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients and communities we serve, UnitedHealth Group and its affiliate companies require all employees to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status prior to beginning employment. In addition, some roles and locations require full COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as an essential job function. UnitedHealth Group adheres to all federal, state and local COVID-19 vaccination regulations as well as all client COVID-19 vaccination requirements and will obtain the necessary information from candidates prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Failure to meet the vaccination requirement may result in rescission of an employment offer or termination of employment
              The OptumCare Story:
              At OptumCare, we've found that putting clinicians at the center of care is the best way to improve lives. Our physician-led organization is one of the most dynamic and progressive health care organizations in the world, serving over 14 million people through more than 38,000 aligned physicians and 9,000 advanced practice clinicians. You will find our team working in local clinics, surgery centers and urgent care centers, within care models focused on managing risk, higher quality outcomes and driving change through collaboration and innovation. Learn more about our journey here.
              Would you thrive with OptumCare?

              • Do you practice evidence-based medicine?

              • Are you seeking a practice focused on patient-centered quality care, not volume?

              • Are you a team player - comfortable delegating and empowering teams?

              • Are you constantly seeking better ways to do things?

              • Do you want to be part of something better?

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