Dental Hygienist

Kodiak Area Native Association View Company Profile

Dental Kodiak, AK, US Category: Dental Employee Type: full-time | exempt The Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA) has been providing exceptional patient and family focused health care and social services to the people of Kodiak Island since 1966. KANAxe2x80x99s patient-centered medical home model incorporates Behavioral Health, Dental, and Pharmacy services within the primary care setting to facilitate an advanced support system that ensures our patientsxe2x80x99 needs are met. KANA also offers Child Services and Youth Prevention programs; Women, Infant and Children (WIC); Vocational Rehabilitation; Employment and Training services; Early Childhood and Infant Learning, and a full service fitness center to support the whole person. Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA) uses E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective January 2022. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following: View Essential Resources | E-Verify ( Under direct, indirect, and general supervision provides oral hygiene health care services consistent with the highest recognized standards of clinical hygiene and the hygiene profession. This includes but not necessarily limited to periodontal case management and treatment of the diseased periodontium, application and utilization of oral health care medications, and provision of preventative oral health care services. Essential Duties and Responsibilities The following duties are not intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by this position. Other duties as assigned. Support the organizationxe2x80x99s mission and goals, quality standards, and patient-centered medical home philosophy. Embrace KANAxe2x80x99s culture of serving the whole person through our provision of services. Incorporate KANAxe2x80x99s core values of Courtesy, Caring, Respect, Sharing, and Pride in all activities and decisions. Uphold KANAxe2x80x99s Code of Ethics by conducting professional activities with honesty, integrity, respect, fairness, and good faith in a manner that reflects positively upon the organization. Continually strive to improve patient experience and quality of care by focusing on optimal patient access, continuity, team based care, clinical information systems, patient self-management, and community engagement. Perform comprehensive coordinated preventative Hygiene Services. Participate as an integral member of a multi-disciplinary team in the provision of Medical and other Health Care by collaborating with those professionals to provide KANA beneficiaries complete and comprehensive care. Obtain, record, and update patient medical and dental histories and alerts the treating dentist of any changes or complications that might alter patient treatment. Establish personal improvement plans to enhance professional development in the art and science of hygiene practice. Responsible to maintain to the manufacturers recommendations ultrasonic instruments and rotary devices used in the practice of dental hygiene; performs all aspects of dental hygiene. Maintain treatment recall. Cooperate and work with treating dentist to ensure referral to specialists when patients exhibit a more advanced periodontal disease process. Assist Case Manager and Dental Care Coordinator to monitor and maintain established protocols for patient referrals within and outside the IHS system. Provide oversight to hygiene services rendered by ancillary staff and ensures staff compliance to Dental Office protocols, policies, and procedures as outlined in the KANA Dental Clinic Policy and Procedures Manual. Assist the Dental Director in all aspects of the operational requirements and maintenance of the KANAxe2x80x99S Dental Clinics as needed or requested. Contribute to the performance review and evaluation process of subordinate Dental Clinic staff and assist in the development of self-improvement plans as required. Responsible to perform correct document entry and chart maintenance as outlined in the KANA Dental Clinic Policy and Procedures Manual. Maintain documentation and reporting measures of prevention activities as directed. Participates in the quality assurance review process as outlined in the KANA Quality Control Program and the KANA Dental Clinic Policy and Procedures Manual; Aides in monitoring, evaluation, and revision of quality improvement activities with respect to Dental Hygiene Services. Responsible for adherence to defined and accepted treatment modality and procedural protocol involving chart audit and treatment plan evaluation. Promote the importance of preventive Oral Health Care through the provision of patient education. Coordinate and participate in Community Outreach programs, serves on KANA committees and prepares reports and other documentation as directed, assigned, or required. Attend all OSHA, HIPAA, and other regulatory compliance training formations provided by KANA administrative staff. Assist dental staff with OSHA, HIPAA, and infection control measures within the Dental Department. Represent KANA in a positive and respectful manner assisting in the promotion and maintenance of good public relations among community groups and professional organizations; Communicates effectively with patients, colleagues, and other KANA staff. Practice meaningful customer service skills addressing patient and staff needs courteously and promptly. Ensure that explanations of the Periodontal Treatment Plan and Treatment Plan Alternatives be discussed with an empathetic and concerned demeanor. Advise the Dental Director concerning the scope of hygiene services, facilities, supplies, and staffing. Accurately and promptly provides coding and billing information to KANA billing and Finance Officers and follows up with insurance pre-authorizations as required or when requested. Pursues professional growth and development through continuing education and other avenues to remain current in the improvements in the field of dentistry and strives to incorporate those improvements into the group practice when appropriate, maintaining licensure and other credentials as required. Regularly travel by small plane to provide dental services to the village communities as assigned. Dental Hygienist will be scheduled village travel based upon the needs of the village communities. Supervisory Responsibilities This job has no supervisory responsibilities. Requirements Graduate of a dental hygiene program fully accredited by the xe2x80x9cCommission on Accreditationxe2x80x9d of the American Dental Association conferring either a xe2x80x98Certificate in Dental Hygiene,xe2x80x99 or an xe2x80x98Associates, or Bachelorsxe2x80x99 Degree in Dental Hygiene. Hold an unrestricted license to practice hygiene in the State of Alaska. To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Database software; Internet software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software. Knowledge of Standards of Care, OSHA, and Infection Control; Knowledge of HIPAA compliance, ability to maintain patient confidentiality required. Must possess the ability to work well with a wide array of people while attending to their oral health care needs displaying a heightened sensitivity to the cultural specificities of KANA’s service population; Must be dependable and conscientious, possessing initiative and self-motivation. Travel in a small plane to rural communities may be required.

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