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Exercise Physiologist - 2228216



Worcester, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Opportunities with Reliant Medical Group, part of the Optum family of businesses. Join a community-based, multi-specialty, physician-led organization where you will work with talented peers on a common purpose: improving the quality, cost and experience of health care. Here, we focus on delivering the best patient care, rather than volume. Through innovation and superior care management, we support patients and your well-being as a team member. Join a team at the forefront of value-based care and discover the meaning behind Caring. Connecting. Growing together.

It is the expectation of the Executive Team of the organization that each employee support the mission, vision and goals of the organization. Each employee will be responsible for demonstrating core continuous improvement competencies to ensure the appropriate focus is placed on managing the necessary processes to support the strategies, with the ability to problem solve which should result in the identification of root causes and countermeasures to permanently eliminate the problem and supports the organization’s culture of continuous improvement through the lens of providing quality patient care and a solid customer focus.

Each employee will be responsible for demonstrating core competencies by a solid willingness to work with others throughout the organization and be a role model for teamwork and cooperation that results in the highest quality of care and concern for our patients and employees. A core belief at the organization, and one that must be demonstrated by all employees, is that each patient and employee is treated with respect and that decisions affecting either are made with integrity and professionalism and promote a high degree of trust. These characteristics along with personal initiative and a solid focus on results are critical to continued success in this role.

Location: 123 Summer St Worcester, MA

Hours: Monday – Friday between 8:30am & 5:00pm. no Weekends, evenings, or Holidays

Position Summary

Under general supervision, independently performs exercise stress tests. Obtains and interprets, under exertion stress, electrocardiogram tracings, blood pressure, heart rate responses and patient symptoms, recognizing variations of normal and pathological patterns of test results. Under limited supervision, performs a variety of patient care and technical duties in our outpatient Pacemaker Clinic, including preparing charts for MD interpretation, pacemaker interrogation & programming and trans telephonic pacemaker follow-up. Determines when an adequate test has been obtained and consults supervisor or cardiologist as needed. Additional duties may include taking medical histories, recording vital signs, scheduling patients, equipment maintenance plus other duties as prescribed by the physician.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Independently performs cardiac stress testing, including obtaining exercising blood pressure and monitoring electrocardiogram throughout the exam. Obtains past medical history, attaches electrodes, directs patients to perform prescribed physical activity, and monitors the cardiac performance throughout the test
  • Performs calculations on information from stress tests
  • Recognizes normal and abnormal cardiac rhythms and hemodynamic responses to exercise and reports them to physician
  • Enrolls, interrogates and programs outpatient pacemaker/ICD patients. Recognizes pacemaker abnormalities, malfunctions and replacement needed indicators; notifies cardiologist and assists in scheduling patients for follow up or replacement as indicated
  • Coordinates and prioritizes with other members of the healthcare team to respond to, plan, and initiate timely and efficient care
  • Educates patients and families regarding pacemaker device function and clinic follow up scheduling
  • Responsible for pacemaker device trans telephonic monitoring and reporting issues. Monitors patients to ensure they report in quarterly, outreaches to patients that are overdue, reviews the transmissions and identifies/flags any irregularities. Communicates with the physician and uploads information into the medical record
  • Provides for the emotional, physical well-being, and safety of all patients while maintaining strict standards of patient confidentiality. Assesses patients prior to testing in order to assure patient comfort and cooperation during test and to insure quality results. Possesses the ability to communicate effectively with patients as well as other members of the health care team
  • Appropriately documents all abnormal findings, measurements, and dates necessary to complete exam
  • Documents procedures as needed. Assists with the distribution of necessary reports
  • Performs regular equipment maintenance, preparation and cleaning
  • Maintains necessary supplies for department operations
  • Performs other duties as assigned

You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Exercise Physiology/Science, Cardiopulmonary Sciences or related field (or equivalent education, training or experience)
  • Have the required education and willing or ability to train on site for 6 months in cardiac stress testing before approval to work independently on site
  • EKG Certification or completion of within a year of hire
  • CPR certification
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) may be required based on specialty
  • 6+ months of cardiac stress testing experience
  • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the heart and cardiac medications
  • Proven ability to independently perform tests. Good interpersonal, organizational and decision-making skills
  • Proven ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Proven ability to use all electronic tools and applications relevant to the performance of the duties of the position, including but not limited to phone, keyboard, computer and computer applications
  • Proven ability to perform all job functions in compliance with applicable federal, state, local and company policies and procedures
  • Proven ability to access only the minimum necessary protected health information (PHI) for the performance of job duties
  • Proven ability to actively protects the confidentiality and privacy of all protected health information they access in all its forms (written, verbal, and electronic, etc.) taking reasonable precautions to prohibit unauthorized access
  • Proven ability to comply with all Optum and Reliant Medical Group and departmental privacy policies, procedures and protocols
  • Proven ability to follow HIPAA privacy guidelines without deviation when handling protected health information

Physical Requirement:

  • Physical health sufficient to meet the ergonomic standards and demands of the position.

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