Blind Rehabilitation Specialist-Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) Coordinator
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Internal Number: 615314300
The VIST Coordinator plans, develops, implements, directs and evaluates the Visual Impairment Service (VIS) Team program at the VHA sites within the Central Virginia VA Health Care System catchment area. VIST Coordinators duties include, but are not limited to the following tasks: Developing a strong VIST program by providing effective leadership and high visibility at the VA facility Building/developing a strong VIS Team with membership consisting of Service Chiefs or designates who are in a position to implement policy. Conducting VIS Team meetings quarterly with agenda and minutes and promoting member investment. Identifying gaps in services and/or programs and revising care in consultation with supervisor VIS Team/management/Blind Rehabilitation National Consultant. Participating and developing quality assurance and quality improvement activities with oversight from the program office; Developing written policies/procedures/documentation for VIST program to meet Joint Commission Home Care standards for Vision Rehabilitation. Completing written narrative reports and presenting same as requested for VA medical facility and program office. Offering all eligible blind and visually impaired veterans and/or active duty service members an annual VIST review, which will include an eye examination, physical examination, benefits review and blind/vision rehabilitation evaluation. Coordinate the scheduling of appointments for all eligible blind and visually impaired veterans and/or active duty service members who elected to participate in the annual VIST review. Maintain accurate documentation of all relevant interactions with veterans concerning visual impairment services. Effectively work with other VA staff to develop and evaluate efficient procedures to help identify and provide quality service for blind and visually impaired veterans and/or active duty service members. Maintain accurate and complete data on the national Blind Rehabilitation Service (BRS) database as directed in the VIST Handbook. Prepare and submit the annual VIST report. Develops and implements quality management criteria to assess the ongoing effectiveness of the VIST program and to assure that the VIST program is in compliance with existing VHA policies, JCAHO recommendations, as well as other local OPCNAMC policies. Maintains ongoing continued professional development by attending in-service training programs and workshops related to providing services to the blind or visually impaired and their families. This includes participation in the annual VIST/BROStraining conference sponsored by the Blind Rehabilitation Service. Developing a cache of educational materials, in a variety of media that can be utilized to help achieve VIST outreach goals and objectives; Providing in-service educational training for VA and non-VA agencies and personnel; Seeking to improve others' awareness with regard to blindness issues and services. Utilizing developed methodologies to identify Veterans who may be eligible for VIST program services, to include identifying blind Veterans from VA medical center encounters and diagnostic codes entered in electronic medical records; Educating VA medical center staff on the functional implications of vision loss, blind rehabilitation matters and services. Prepare and submit, in a timely manner, complete application packets for VA blind rehabilitation training at any one of our inpatient Blind Rehabilitation Centers. Any requests for additional information will be submitted to the Blind Rehabilitation Center was in the 120 days. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: AD HOC Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Blind Rehabilitation Specialist-Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) Coordinator/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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.