Medical Assistant - Regular and Per Diem at County of Riverside in Riverside, California

Posted in General Business 12 days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

The Riverside University Health System (RUHS) is currently recruiting for Medical Assistants to support the Medical Center and various Community Health Centers throughout Riverside County. This is a pool recruitment and will be used to fill various regular and Per Diem Medical Assistant positions thought out Riverside County.


This recruitment will also be used to fill future location vacancies.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The certification list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill any other mission-critical Medical Assistant vacancies that may occur in the coming weeks.

Some positions may be Spanish bilingual required. All candidates for those positions will be required to take a Spanish Assessment exam prior to interviewing.

Under direct supervision, assists licensed professional medical staff within the Riverside University Health System (RUHS) by providing a variety of client/patient services, which includes basic administrative, clerical, and medical support services for clients/patients and the public; and performs other related duties as required.

Your location preference will be asked for when you apply to the recruitment.

Per Diem personnel are distinguished from regular employees in that they receive additional compensation in lieu of County fringe benefits and work assignments are flexibly scheduled or on an as needed basis.

Meet the Team!
Riverside University Health System

Per Diem Benefits:
Per Diem Benefits


• Greet clients/patients at reception desk or counter; assist them in completing necessary documents and applications, answering routine questions and providing information; interview clients/patients to gather basic health related information (e.g., health status, living conditions, diet, residency, mobility, parenting skills, healthcare needs, etc.); register clients/patients using related computer information at time of appointment; obtain/verify patient demographic information; monitor client/patient behavior in the waiting room.

• Obtain medical history and chief complaint, including allergies; assist patients in ambulation and transfer; maintain medical charts and schedule appointments for staff.

• Perform routine medical data clerical tasks (e.g., typing, personal computer data input, filing, answering phones, etc.); inventory supply needs and help obtain medical and office supplies.

• Verify patient's health insurance coverage; contact health insurance to verify insurance eligibility and/or authorization for treatment (if patient does not have health insurance coverage, refer patients to Admissions and Collections Clerk for assistance); may receive and record payment for clinic visit.

• Submit treatment authorization requests into the EPIC database; check treatment authorization requests for completeness; follow-up on the status of treatment authorization requests.

• Record information for each patient encounter such as medical procedure and diagnostic tests performed by physician or licensed personnel.

• Prepare patients for examination, including positioning, draping, shaving, and disinfecting treatment sites; collect and record patient data including height, weight, temperature, pulse, respiration rate, blood pressure, and basic information about present and previous conditions; provide patient information and instructions as directed by medical staff.

• Perform the following routine clinical procedures: Taking vital signs, administering medications (oral, sublingual, topical, vaginal, rectal, inhalation, immunizations and subcutaneous injections) or providing a single dose to a patient for self-administration; performing simple or automated visual testing, obtaining, but not interpreting, results; removing sutures or staples from superficial incisions or lacerations; may perform phlebotomy for blood draw or transfusion (with phlebotomy certification), as directed.

• Perform ear lavage to remove impacted cerumen; assist with collection of non-invasive specimens such as urine, sputum, semen and stool; perform basic screening tests (e.g., electrocardiogram or visual acuity); perform Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) waived laboratory tests such as occult blood, ovulation tests, pregnancy, sedimentation rates, hemoglobin, urinalysis, and glucose screening.

• Process physician orders, including laboratory, x-ray, EKG, and schedule all same day tests and appointments; ensure diagnostic tests are received prior to patient's visit.

• Screen for eligibility for participation in health programs; assess client/patient progress and determine whether recommendations regarding health are being followed.

• Provide feedback, verbally and in writing, to licensed professional staff regarding client needs and community responses to health services and programs; obtain and evaluate specific information regarding health problems in order to provide guidance and instruction; conduct formal and informal information sessions covering good health practices and available health services.

• Make referrals to licensed professional staff.

Education: Completion of a certification program in medical assisting. Completion of a Medical Assistant certification program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or from an institution accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is preferred.

Experience: Six months performing basic administrative or clinical duties as a medical assistant in a physician's or dentist's office (hospital or health center is preferred).

Education: Graduation from high school or attainment of a satisfactory score on a G.E.D. test.

Experience: One year performing front office/back office support duties as a medical assistant in a physician's or dentist's office, hospital, health center, or other healthcare setting.

Knowledge of: Relevant medical terminology; basic patient care and/or administrative techniques; medical assisting skills and the various types of materials and equipment related to outpatient care and their applications; methods of conducting or assisting patients (per medical care provider's instructions) with basic tests and treatments performed at an ambulatory care clinic; basic needs and problems of disadvantaged groups: the causes and treatment of medical and/or public health problems and the problems facing the educationally and economically disadvantaged.

Ability to: Communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain good relations with a wide range of social and ethnic groups as well as professional staff and community members; obtain and record accurate patient information, and perform routine clinical procedures; follow and implement activities according to written standardized procedures; perform clerical tasks (e.g., utilizing a personal computer for inputting pertinent client/patient information, answering phones, filing, etc.).

Veterans' Preference
The County has a Veterans Preference Policy. Upload a copy of your (or your spouse's) Member-4 Form DD-214 (or NGB-22) indicating dates of service, and a copy of your spouse's letter of disability (if applicable) with your application. For privacy reasons, it is recommended that you remove your social security information from the document(s). A Human Resources Representative will review the materials and determine if you qualify for veterans' preference. See the policy here:

Other Requirements:
License/Certificate: Possession of a valid California Driver's License will be required.

Possession of a valid certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support/Cardio-Respiratory Resuscitation (BCLS/CPR) is required from the American Heart Association.

Possession of a valid certification in Phlebotomy may be required for some positions.

What's Next?

This recruitment is open to all applicants.

Applicants who are current County of Riverside employees and/or current employees of the Riverside University Health System (RUHS) may be considered before other applicants depending on the volume of applications received.

Qualified applicants may be considered for future vacancies throughout the County.

MEDICAL/DENTAL/VISION INSURANCE: A choice of different medical, dental and visions plan are available to elect. The County provides a Flexible Benefit Credit contribution as governed by the applicable LIUNA Memorandum of Understanding to contribute towards the cost of these plans.

Note: Employees on assignment through the Temporary Assignment Program (TAP) receive different benefits. See the list here .
MISCELLANEOUS RETIREMENT: County of Riverside has three retirement Tiers through the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS).

  • Tier I (Classic Member - Formula 3% @ 60): Applicable to current and former County of Riverside local miscellaneous employees hired prior to 08/24/2012 and did not withdraw CalPERS contributions. The employee contribution is eight (8%) percent.

  • Tier II (Classic Member - Formula 2% @ 60): Applicable to local miscellaneous employees 1) hired after 08/23/2012 through 12/31/2012; 2) Previously employed with another CalPERS contracting public agency or a reciprocal retirement system, with a break in service of less than six months between the separation date with the previous employer and the appointment date with the County of Riverside. The employee contribution is seven (7%) percent.

  • Tier III (PEPRA New Member - Formula 2% @ 62): Applicable to CalPERS local miscellaneous new members hired on or after the implementation of the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) which took effect January 1, 2013. As of July 1, 2020, the employee contribution is 7.25% and subject to change annually.

A new member is defined as any of the following:
  • A new hire who enters CalPERS membership for the first time on or after January 1, 2013, and who has no prior membership in any California Public Retirement System.
  • A new hire who enters CalPERS membership for the first time on or after January 1, 2013, and who was a member with another California Public Retirement System prior to that date, but who is not subject to reciprocity upon joining CalPERS.
  • A member who first established CalPERS membership prior to January 1, 2013, and who is rehired by a different CalPERS agency after a break in service of greater than six (6) months.

  • CalPERS refers to all members that do not fit within the definition of a new member as "classic members".

    Contribution rates are subject to change based on the County of Riverside annual actuarial valuation.


    This summary is for general information purposes only. Additional questions regarding retirement formulas can be sent to or by calling the Benefits Information Line at (951) 955-4981,
    Option 2.

    If you have prior service credit with another CalPERS agency or within agencies, please contact CalPERS at (888) 225-7377 to determine which retirement tier would be applicable to you. CalPERS is governed by the Public Employees' Retirement Law. The Retirement Law is complex and subject to change. If there's any conflict between this summary and the law, the law will prevail over this summary.
    DEFERRED COMPENSATION: Voluntary employee contribution with a choice between two 457 deferred compensation plan options.

    VACATION ACCRUAL (Bi-Weekly Accrual):

    0< 3 year = 80 Hours (10 Days)
    4< 9 years = 120 Hours (15 Days)
    10 or more years = 160 Hours (20 Days)

    Maximum Vacation leave accumulation is 480 hours.

    SICK LEAVE: Four (4) hours Sick Leave accrual per pay period with unlimited accrual.

    HOLIDAYS: Normally 12 paid holidays per year

    BEREAVEMENT LEAVE: Allowed 5 days (3 days are County paid; 2 additional days can be taken from accrued Sick Leave balance)

    BASIC LIFE INSURANCE: Equal to one times annual base salary not to exceed $50,000 of term life coverage. Premiums are paid by the County. Additional Supplemental Life plan is available for employee purchase.

    DISABILITY: Short-term Disability benefit pays up to a maximum of $461.54 weekly, payable up to a maximum of 52 weeks.

    POST RETIREMENT MEDICAL CONTRIBUTION: A monthly contribution is made by the County towards retiree health insurance offered through the County as governed by the applicable Memorandum of Understanding.

    OTHER: There may be other benefit provisions as specified in the applicable Memorandum of Understanding. Please contact the recruiter listed on the job posting directly for more information.