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Program Physician-Opioid Addiction Treatment Services (OATS)

Department: 3403 - Opioid Addiction Treatment Services (OATS)
Location: San Antonio, TX
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM


The purpose of a program physician working in the context of the OATS Clinic shall be to assess potential patients. If it is determined that such patients meet criteria for Opioid Use Disorder, the program physician shall admit such patients into the harm-reduction framework of the OATS Clinic. The program physician shall medically manage such patients such that patients safely receive methadone or buprenorphine to prevent cravings and withdrawals. This will allow patients to resume normal social and occupation functions that had been comprised as a result of illicit and dangerous use of other opioids.


  1. Conduct assessment which is a medical review of the patient. Patient shall have face to face meeting with program physician prior to admission. Pregnant patients regardless of age who have had a documented opiate dependency in the past and who may return to opiate dependency may be admitted and placed on a maintenance regimen.
  2. Physician may temporarily suspend dispensing of methadone if patient comes for methadone while acutely intoxicated from alcohol, engages in threatening or disruptive behaviors, fails to provide requested urine specimens
  3. Physician will conduct annual physical exams and review medication treatment with active patients.
  4. Patients absent without notification of the program for three days or longer must be formally reinstated by the program physician.
  5. Manages and maintains a program of comprehensive health for patients to include preventative medicine, behavioral sciences, and community health. 
  6. Examine patients, formulates diagnostic plans, defines and orders required diagnostic testing.  
  7. Interprets examination finding and test results and implements treatment plans.    
  8. Conducts medical examinations and reviews collateral information of assigned patients in accordance with applicable guidelines.  
  9. Timely completes required EMR and all other documentation according to medical license and Center standards.        
  10. Evaluates urgent conditions of patients in a competent and timely manner.
  11. Responsible for coordinating medical care with internal and external medical specialties as needed.  
  12. Determines needs for consultation and assists in coordination of medical care and treatment provided at the direction of other specialists.
  13. Prescribes and assesses effectiveness of pharmaceuticals, other medications and treatment regimens as appropriate for patient medical accordance with the Centerís Prescribing Practices Policies and Procedures 
  14. Determine needs for type and quanity of medical supplies and equipment.  
  15. Ability to supervise, advise, train clinical professionals, residents, and/ or students in area of health-related topics.  
  16. Orders labs in accordance with appropriate guidelines.
  17. Provides team leadership, consultation, and clinical supervision of appropriate staff members.
  18. Other duties as assigned


  1. One (1) to three (3) yearsí of experience as a practicing physician  
  2. The program physician shall be licensed to practice medicine in Texas and have worked in the field of addiction medicine a minimum of one year. 
  3. Current Texas Physician's permit, Texas Department of Public Safety Controlled Substance Registration Certificate (DPS), and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Substance Registration Certificate (DEA) 
  4. Board Certified/Eligible in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine/Peds
  5. Completion of an accredited Residency Program in Primary Medicine other applicable specialty
  6. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  7. Must apply to be credentialed with all Center contracted payors
  8. High degree of technology proficiency with EMR/EHR, e-prescribing, and other electronic medical systems, standard Microsoft Office applications and system databases     
  9. Must maintain required credentials and mandatory training requirements to ensure compliance with all State regulations and CHCS policies
  10. Must maintain a valid driverís license and automobile insurance coverage, be able to travel as needed, and be able to meet on a consistent basis the driving record requirements of the Companyís auto insurance carrier if you drive your vehicle during company business 
  11. Must be able to meet the physical requirements to complete SAMA and CPR training including lifting up to 12 lbs. and supporting up to 55 lbs.; bending, stooping and getting on and off the floor without assistance
  12. Must have adequate mobility that requires frequent walking, standing, bending, stooping, kneeling, reaching (vertical and horizontal), using fingers, hands, feet, legs and torso in various care. The employee must be able to regularly lift and/or move up to 40 pounds and occasionally must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee must be able to occasionally transfer a consumer


  1. Board Certified in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine or IM/Peds
  2. Experience practice in a center serving diverse under-insured and under-served populations.
  3. Additional language capability strongly desired.  (English / Spanish)

Physical Requirements/Demands = 1

1 = Primarily Direct Patient Care
2 = Primarily Office Work
3 = Primarily Physical Work

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