Friday, October 23, 2020

October 2020: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks want to do everything we can to spread awareness about this. Keep reading this week's blog for a few important statistics concerning Breast Cancer that we found on BREASTCANCER.ORG. If you or someone you know is showing any sort of symptoms of breast cancer, contact your physician at the Lake of the Ozarks as soon as possible for a check-up. Central Ozarks Medical Center - It's not just about what we do, but how we do it that matters here.



BREAST CANCER STATISTICS FROM THE BREASTCANCER.ORG

About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

In 2020, an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 48,530 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.

About 2,620 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2020. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 883.

About 42,170 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2020 from breast cancer. Death rates have been steady in women under 50 since 2007, but have continued to drop in women over 50. The overall death rate from breast cancer decreased by 1.3% per year from 2013 to 2017. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances and earlier detection through screening.

For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.

As of January 2020, there are more than 3.5 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.

Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. In 2020, it's estimated that about 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers.

In women under 45, breast cancer is more common in Black women than white women. Overall, Black women are more likely to die of breast cancer. For Asian, Hispanic, and Native-American women, the risk of developing and dying from breast cancer is lower. Ashkenazi Jewish women have a higher risk of breast cancer because of a higher rate of BRCA mutations.

Breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. began decreasing in the year 2000, after increasing for the previous two decades. They dropped by 7% from 2002 to 2003 alone. One theory is that this decrease was partially due to the reduced use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by women after the results of a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002. These results suggested a connection between HRT and increased breast cancer risk. In recent years, incidence rates have increased slightly by 0.3% per year.

Source: https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics



Need To Schedule Your Yearly Health Check-Up Still?

Contact Central Ozarks Medical Center today. We can be reached at the phone numbers listed on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org. You can also stay up to date on our latest announcements, events we are hosting, and health tips by following us on our social media channels listed below


Central Ozarks Medical Center
Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

For Appointments Call

573.765.5141


Richland

573.302.7490


Osage Beach

573.346.4446


Camdenton

573.765.2510


Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties 

Friday, October 16, 2020

COMC is Hiring an Electronic Health Records (EHR) Specialist!

Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are growing again! We are excited to announce that our health clinic in Richland, MO is hiring for an Electronic Health Records (EHR) Specialist! Keep reading this week's blog for a complete job description and a link to apply for the job. If you have any questions, please call us. Our phone numbers can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.



Electronic Health Records (EHR) Specialist

Richland, MO • Medical

Description

Responsibilities: This position is a part of the management team and supports information technology and management initiatives throughout the organization.  The health information manager is responsible for information systems workflow transformation, planning, testing, end user training, implementation, adoption, and support.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

• Manage, and communicate with appropriate staff, all ECW system upgrades and downtime

• Troubleshoot daily system issues for staff

• Mapping to various outside reporting systems (i.e. DRVS, LabCorp)

• Serve on various committees related to ECW and/or projects 

• Manage all COMC provider and staff ECW licenses and build schedules

• Develop and utilize ECW custom report writing module

• Design and oversee COMC’s health information systems to ensure that they meet medical, legal and ethical standards. 

• Provide training to new staff and continuing training to all staff on EHR and other relevant software, including development of new and modification of existing training materials. 

• Assist Quality Director in managing reporting databases and design. 

• Serve as first point of contact for facility EHR issues or needs for referral to outside vendor.


Requirements

Qualifications Requirements:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and/or experience:   Associates degree with two to five years’ experience in the healthcare setting and with electronic health records. Social and cultural sensitivity appropriate to ethnically and economically diverse patient and employee base. Preferred: Bachelors Degree with two to five years’ experience with eClinicalWorks electronic health record. 

Language Skills:  Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from customers and regulatory agencies.

Mathematical Skills:  Ability to work with data analysis.

Reasoning Ability:  Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  

Other Skills and Abilities:  Strong training and excellent customer service skills.  

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This includes moderate physical effort consisting of occasionally lifting or moving over 35 pounds of weight.

Travel Requirement: To fulfill the responsibility of the position travel to all COMC locations will be required.  Employee should have valid Missouri driver’s license. Overnight travel may also be required in specific incidences of training, conferences, etc.

Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Knowledge of, and compliance with, HIPAA and 340B regulations is required. The confidentiality of patient information is mandatory.

APPLY HERE



All of us here at Central Ozarks Medical Center hope that you enjoyed learning more about this position in this week's blog. If you or someone you know may be perfect for the position, please apply or refer them to apply above. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call. Our phone numbers can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below.


Central Ozarks Medical Center
Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

For Appointments Call

573.765.5141


Richland

573.302.7490


Osage Beach

573.346.4446


Camdenton

573.765.2510


Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties 

Friday, October 9, 2020

COMC is Hiring a FLOAT LAB Assistant!

COMC is growing again! Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are excited to announce that we are hiring for a FLOAT LAB Assistant. Keep reading this week's blog for a complete job description and how to apply for our FLOAT LAB Assistant position. Remember, at Central Ozarks Medical Center, it's not just about WHAT we do, but HOW we do it that makes ALL the difference.



FLOAT LAB Assistant

Richland, MO • LAB

Description

Central Ozarks Medical Center (COMC) is excited to announce an opening for a Float Lab Assistant for our clinics. We are expanding our team to serve the needs of our community!  COMC is a non-profit, federally qualified health center that serves more than 18,000 patients a year in Pulaski, Laclede, Camden and Miller counties.  

COMC is looking for a team member who is comfortable working with patients from a diverse background. A successful candidate will be a motivated, self-starter able to quickly adapt to new and changing situations while maintaining a professional demeanor.  

Responsibilities: The Laboratory Assistant will render professional quality health care to patients, under the clinic provider’s supervision.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

• Must be aware of and comply with required services and data, according to the Health Care Plan and the Quality Assurance Plan of Central Ozarks Medical Center.

• Must provide courteous service to all patients.

• Will collect and prepare blood samples for inspection.

• Will assist in maintaining the laboratory and radiology areas in proper condition.

• The Laboratory Assistant will assist in maintaining an inventory of laboratory equipment and supplies and prepare purchase requisitions, for submission to the Practice Manager, for needed supplies.

• Will assist in recording information, collecting specimens, labeling specimens for identification.

Requirements

Qualifications Requirements:  Must be comfortable using computer hardware and software as well as computerized equipment.  Must be motivated to serve the needs of patients and perform services to benefit people and Central Ozarks Medical Center.  Must possess a sense of discipline to work in accordance with accepted medical standards. Must possess reading and verbal skills necessary to understand and communicate, regarding medical records and laboratory procedures.  Must be CPR/BLS certified or become certified during the probationary period and maintain certification throughout employment with COMC.

Education and/or experience:   GED or High School diploma.  Phlebotomy experience preferred.

Language Skills:  Ability to read, analyze, interpret, and communicate lab testing.  Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from customers and regulatory agencies.

Mathematical Skills:  Knowledge of fundamental math, adding machine, calculator, and Microsoft office.    

Reasoning Ability:  Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  

Other Skills and Abilities:  Strong phone etiquette and excellent customer service skills.  

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This includes moderate physical effort consisting of occasionally lifting or moving over 50 pounds of weight.

Travel Requirement: To fulfill the responsibility of the position travel to all COMC locations may be required.  The employee should have a valid Missouri driver’s license. 

Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Knowledge of, and compliance with, HIPAA and 340B regulations is required. The confidentiality of patient information is mandatory.



Interested in applying for this position or referring someone you know to it. Apply or refer them HERE. Be sure to follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements, job postings, health tips, and more!


Central Ozarks Medical Center
Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

For Appointments Call

573.765.5141


Richland

573.302.7490


Osage Beach

573.346.4446


Camdenton

573.765.2510


Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties 

Friday, October 2, 2020

COMC is Hiring A Nurse Care Manager!

COMC is growing again! Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are very excited to announce that we are hiring at our Osage Beach health clinic. We are looking for a Nurse Care Manager. If you feel like you know someone who would be perfect for the job, please refer them to us. Keep reading this week's blog to see the full job description and how to apply. Remember, At Central Ozarks Medical Center, it's not just about what we do, but how we do it that matters.




Nurse Care Manager

Osage Beach, MO • Outreach

Description

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

Some of the unique activities of the NCM (Nurse Care Manager) role are the identification of high-risk patients, intensive monitoring, follow-up and clinical management.  These activities generally include:

• Utilize DRVS and eCW to identify gaps in care and needed services for enrollees.

• Complete Transition of Care for all COMC patients that have had an ED or IN stay, to include medication reconciliation, obtaining discharge paperwork, and scheduling any necessary follow-up.

• Identify and address high hospital and ED utilization among PCHH, CCM and other patient panels as assigned, utilizing programs such as ED diversion to inform patients of appropriate uses of Primary Care and other health care accesses as necessary.  

• Monitor quality measures for PCHH enrollees in DRVS and work closely with the quality department to address any areas of improvement. 

• Facilitate patient coordination with the care team, to include communication with treating clinicians, nursing staff, care coordinator, behavioral health and community health workers as needed.  

• Work to close care gaps for PCHH, CCM and other patient panels as assigned.  

• Create care plan and goals for each patient in PCHH, CCM and other patient panels as assigned. 

• Utilize EMR, DRVS and other data tools to manage and track chronic disease management goals.

• Coordinate/facilitate health education classes and programs for COMC patients as well as assisting patients within PCHH, CCM and other patients as assigned with self-management support.  

• Tracking of Time and Effort for Grant reporting.  



Requirements

Qualifications Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Must be CPR certified or become certified during probationary period and maintain certification throughout employment with COMC.  Must maintain CEUs as directed by COMC.

Education and/or experience:  Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse in Missouri.  Experience with electronic health records preferred. Nurse educator experience preferred; Candidate with diabetes educator certification preferred.

Language Skills:  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret financial reports.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers and regulatory agencies.  Ability to effectively present information to top management.

Mathematical Skills:  Ability to work with accounting concepts such as income and expense statements, budgets, and controls on cash such as into and out of COMC for deposit to the bank.

Reasoning Ability:  Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions, follow federal, state and health care regulations.  

Other Skills and Abilities:  Outgoing personality with strong phone etiquette skills, outstanding customer service skills.  

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This includes moderate physical effort consisting of occasionally lifting or moving over 35 pounds of weight.

Travel Requirement: To fulfill the responsibility of the position travel to various areas of the region is required.  Employee must have valid Missouri driver’s license and availability of a motor vehicle.  Overnight travel may also be required in specific incidences of training, conferences, etc.

Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Knowledge of, and compliance with, HIPAA and 340B regulations is required. Confidentiality of COMC proprietary information is mandatory.


Have Any Questions About This Position?

Please give us a call. Our phone numbers are listed on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements. 


Central Ozarks Medical Center
Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

For Appointments Call

573.765.5141


Richland

573.302.7490


Osage Beach

573.346.4446


Camdenton

573.765.2510


Dental

Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, September 25, 2020

Flu Season 2020: What Can You Do To Not Catch The Flu?

With COVID-19 being in full effect this year, you've probably realized that it has been one of the main focuses in health care. However, flu season is here and our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to give you a few tips to try and prevent yourself from catching it. If you are in need of a flu shot or have questions about where you can get one, please call Central Ozarks Medical Center today. We have multiple locations throughout the Lake of the Ozarks area. Our phone numbers can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.



Flu Season 2020: What Can You Do To Not Catch The Flu?


SANITIZE, SANITIZE, SANITIZE.

You should try and get in the habit of cleaning all of the shared surfaces in your home once a day. You should clean your desk at work also once a day. Take the five minutes to give all your surfaces a wipe down with a rag and an anti-bacterial cleaner. You never know who may have touched that surfaces and if they had the flu or were carrying it.

REFRAIN FROM SHARING MEALS AND DRINKS WITH OTHERS.

If you share the food you are likely touching the same plate or bowl that someone else touched and that someone else may have an illness.

SCHEDULE YOUR FLU SHOT TODAY.

The flu shot is known as the BEST defense against getting the flu. Even if you have never gotten the flu before, there is a first time for everything. It's worth it to prevent yourself from getting this illness.

IMPROVE YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM AND STAY STRONG.

A healthy immune system will help you fight off the flu and you can keep your immune system healthy by doing a number of things, such as:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Maintaining a healthy BMI

...and so much more. 

PRACTICE GOOD HAND HYGIENE.

Be sure to wash your hand after any time you touch a shared surface. If you are unable to wash your hands, then use an anti-bacterial wipe that has at least sixty percent alcohol in it. All of this may sound excessive to you, but it's worth doing if you don't want to catch the flu. It happens quicker and easier than you might think.


Need a Flu Shot at the Lake of the Ozarks?

Please call Central Ozarks Medical Center, you can find all of our phone numbers below. We hope you found this blog helpful. Stay healthy and spread the word on how to prevent catching the flu. This is a tough year for everyone and there's no need to add on to the stress by catching the flu. Remember, here at Central Ozarks Medical Center, it's not just about what we do, but how we do it that matters.


Central Ozarks Medical Center
Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

For Appointments Call

573.765.5141


Richland

573.302.7490


Osage Beach

573.346.4446


Camdenton

573.765.2510


Dental

Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, September 18, 2020

COMC is Hiring a Certified X-Ray Tech/Medical Assistant!

COMC is hiring again! Check out this week's blog to learn all about the Certified X-Ray Tech/Medical Assistant we are hiring for in Richland. If you think you or someone you know would be perfect for this position, please check out the link listed below, after the job description, to apply. Central Ozarks Medical Center's mission is to LEAD the way to healthier communities and we feel it's not just about WHAT we do but how to do it that matters. We want to hire others who share that passion.



Certified X-Ray Tech/Medical Assistant

Richland, MO • Medical

Description

Responsibilities: The Certified X-Ray Technician/Medical Assistant is responsible for all medical x-rays and DEXA scans; works with physicians and cross trained to perform clinical duties. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

• Completes patient intake process, taking patients' histories, and preparing and educating patients about the imaging procedure.

• Prepares exam rooms and instruments, as appropriate to anticipated utilization. 

• Reviews patients' charts and Doctors' notes prior to examination; maintains patients' records during and after imaging procedure.

• Preparing radiopharmaceuticals for contrast in the diagnostic images.

• Positioning patients and equipment to capture the correct area and produce clear images.

• Monitoring exposure of patients and staff to ensure their safety during imaging procedures.

• Calibrating the equipment to ensure clear, usable images are taken of the correct area, as specified by the Doctor.

• Logging and organizing image results, developing film, assisting with the interpretation of the radiograph results, and consulting with Radiologists to determine if other images need to be taken.

• Ensures the proper sterilization and storage of the equipment, 

• Maintains radiographic equipment and DEXA systems in all locations, and reports any equipment failures.

• Coordinates with the providers to schedule and complete radiographic procedures.

• Maintains up to date knowledge of current radiology practices and regulatory compliance requirements.

• Assists Providers in providing professional quality health care and education to patients.

• Must be aware of and comply with required services and data, according to the Health Care Plan and Quality Assurance Plan of Central Ozarks Medical Center.

• Must be able to gather adequate historical data and ensure patient comfort, flow and confidentiality.

• Will collect and record defined data and prepare reports, as required.

• Cleans and stocks supplies in treatment areas, as necessary.

• Assists in inventory tracking and preparing purchase requisitions for Management for needed supplies.

• Assists in other ancillary duties, laboratory procedures, when necessary. 

• Travels to all COMC clinics as required. Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

Qualifications Requirements:  The X-Ray Technician/Medical Assistant must be motivated to serve the needs of patients and perform services to benefit people and Central Ozarks Medical Center and must possess a sense of discipline to work in accordance with accepted radiology, nursing, and medical standards.  Must possess and utilize tact and patience.  Must be certified in Radiology, Medical Assisting, BLS/CPR and maintain all current certifications throughout employment with COMC.  Must maintain CEUs as directed by COMC. 

Education and/or experience:   Must have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Radiology or Radiologic Technology.  Must have a current, unencumbered State licensure or certification as an X-Ray Technician.  Graduate of an accredited Medical Assistant program preferred. 

Language Skills:  Must possess reading and verbal skills necessary to understand and communicate, regarding medical records, procedures and medication orders.

Mathematical Skills:  Ability to work with all accounting concepts.  

Reasoning Ability:  Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  

Other Skills and Abilities:  Outgoing personality with strong phone etiquette skills and excellent customer service skills.  

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This includes moderate physical effort consisting of occasionally lifting or moving over 50 pounds of weight.

Travel Requirement: To fulfill the responsibility of the position travel to all COMC locations may be required.  Employee should have valid Missouri driver’s license. 

Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Knowledge of, and compliance with, HIPAA and 340B regulations is required. Confidentiality of patient information is mandatory.

APPLY HERE



If you have any questions about the position described above, please feel free to call our Richland health clinic at the number listed below. Our staff is here is like family so we take who we hire seriously. If you are ready to join this amazing work family, please apply. We appreciate your consideration. To stay up to date on our latest job postings, please follow us on our social media channels listed below.


Central Ozarks Medical Center
Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

For Appointments Call

573.765.5141


Richland

573.302.7490


Osage Beach

573.346.4446


Camdenton

573.765.2510


Dental

Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, September 11, 2020

Where Can I Get A COVID-19 Test?

COVID-19 is still very real and the pandemic is still happening. Many have sought out to get tested. If you are feeling any sort of COVID-19 symptoms, such as shortness of breath, a fever, or dry cough for example, and are considering getting a test, but are not sure where to go, this is the blog for you! Keep reading this week's blog to learn where Central Ozarks Medical Center is offering FREE drive-thru COVID-19 testing. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call (573) 836-7015.



Where Can I Get A COVID-19 Test?

Many have probably asked this question in the past.

We offer community testing through drive-thrus. Testing is FREE of charge and you don't need a physician's order to get one.

COMC is still offering testing weekly on the following days and locations:

Tuesday: 5-7pm Osage Beach

Osage Beach Medical 

3870 Columbia Ave 

Osage Beach, MO 

(573) 302-7490


Wednesday: 5-7pm Richland

Richland Medical & Dental

304 W. Washington Ave.

Richland, MO 65556

Medical (573) 765-5141

Dental (573) 765-2510


Thursday: 5-7pm Camdenton

Camdenton Medical & Dental

1652 Business Route 5

Camdenton, MO 65020

(573) 346-4446

If you have any questions regarding the Drive-Thru testing or would like our team to test on-site at another location, please contact: Ashley McDonnell at (573) 836-7015.



Central Ozarks Medical Center is Leading The Way To Healthier Communities!

We use the nasal swab COVID-19 test and are very quick and efficient about this process. If you are worried you may have COVID-19 and just wanted to get tested to get the answers you seek, come see us at one of the locations listed above. You shouldn't worry until you know for sure. If you have any questions, again please call Ashley McDonnell at (573) 836-7015. You can also stay updated on everything we have going on by visiting our website listed below. Stay safe and healthy, everyone!

PLEASE REMEMBER:

All COMC locations are open! If you have a scheduled appointment, please call ahead if you have a fever, cough, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. COMC dental clinics are open and serving patients with dental emergencies. Call one of our locations to schedule your next in-person or telehealth visit.

Our mission is to increase access to comprehensive primary and preventative health care and to improve the health care status of underserved and vulnerable populations in Camden, Laclede, Miller and Pulaski Counties.  Our belief is that it is not just what we do here at Central Ozarks Medical Center, but how we do it that makes all the difference.


Central Ozarks Medical Center
Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare


For Appointments Call



573.765.5141


Richland

573.302.7490


Osage Beach

573.346.4446


Camdenton

573.765.2510


Dental

Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties