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New York State Department of Civil Service Announces Open-Competitive Examination Open to the Public

Health Systems Specialist 2 (Nutrition)/(Physical Therapy)/(Social Work)

Evaluation of Training and Experience To Be Held During
December 2013
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
October 23, 2013


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Non−Refundable Processing Fee
80-188 Health Systems Specialist 2 (Nutrition) $56,813 G-20 $0
80-189 Health Systems Specialist 2 (Physical Therapy) $56,813 G-20 $0
80-190 Health Systems Specialist 2 (Social Work) $56,813 G-20 $0

Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before December 31, 2013, you must have:

For Number 80-188: current registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration and two years of clinical experience in a licensed and/or certified health facility or program* OR utilizing clinical knowledge in the review or oversight of clinical services for reimbursement or quality assurance purposes.

For Number 80-189: current license and be a registered Physical Therapist in New York State and two years post licensure experience providing clinical services in a licensed health facility and/or program* OR utilizing clinical knowledge in the review or oversight of clinical services for reimbursement or quality assurance purposes.

For Number 80-190: current license as either a Licensed Master Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the New York State Education Department and one year of post-master���s clinical experience in a licensed and/or certified health facility or program* OR utilizing clinical knowledge in the review or oversight of clinical services for quality assurance or reimbursement purposes.

* Examples of qualifying health facilities and programs include hospitals, nursing homes, adult homes, ambulatory care facilities, managed care organizations, psychiatric centers, developmental centers, diagnostic and treatment centers, home health care agencies, assisted living facilities, alcoholism and substance abuse treatment facilities, and community based agencies that serve the developmentally disabled. Experience as a private practitioner or in a physician���s office is NOT considered qualifying.


  1. There is no processing fee for this exam.
  2. Travel Requirements: Appointment to certain positions requires extensive travel within a designated area of assignment. Appointees to these positions may be required to operate a motor vehicle or otherwise demonstrate their capacity to meet the transportation needs of the job. If the position requires that you operate a motor vehicle, you must possess a driver's license valid in New York State at the time of appointment and continuously thereafter. Field work and travel expenses are reimbursed on a fixed schedule.
  3. Due to the nature of the positions, such as conducting surveys and investigations, and activities such as disaster preparedness and strike monitoring, may require extensive overtime and off-hour work.
  4. Appointments to certain positions may involve potential exposure to infectious agents and, as such, may require employee participation in certain periodic screening and/or immunization programs.
  5. Requirement for continued employment for exam No. 80-189: Possession of a license and current registration to practice as a physical therapist in New York State is necessary for continued employment. Loss of licensure or registration will result in termination or suspension of your employment.
  6. For information on licensure to practice as a physical therapist in New York State, write to the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions - Physical Therapy Unit, Division of Professional Licensing Services, P.O. Box 22063, Albany, NY 12201, OR call 518-474-3817 ext 270 OR visit their website at: www.op.nysed.gov/prof/pt.
  7. Requirement for continued employment for exam No. 80-188: Current registration with the commission on Dietetic Registration. Loss of registration will result in termination or suspension of your employment.
  8. Requirement for continued employment for exam No. 80-190: Possession of a license as LMSW or LCSW with NYS Education Department. Loss of licensure will result in termination or suspension of your employment.
  9. The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 mandates that surveyors of health facilities complete a training and testing program. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has developed the Surveyor Minimum Qualifications Tests (SMQT) in response to this mandate. Candidates must be aware that, in addition to passing this examination for employment, to retain certain positions they must also be certified through an appropriate SMQT process.
  10. Your degree or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. If your degree or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the NYS Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. You must pay the required evaluation fee.
  11. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  12. New York State residence is not required.

The Positions

These positions exist in the Department of Health and are located in Albany, Buffalo, Central Islip, Hauppauge, New Rochelle, New York City, Rochester, and Syracuse. These lists will be used to fill current and anticipated vacancies at these locations.

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As a Health Systems Specialist 2 (Nutrition), Health Systems Specialist 2 (Physical Therapy), or Health Systems Specialist 2 (Social Work), you would conduct and/or facilitate on-site surveys independently or as part of a team by observing and evaluating patient/resident care against established standards, interview staff, and review records; investigate incidents and patient/resident complaints; and investigate and gather information on unlicensed health care facility operations.

Typical duties may include evaluating records and billings against applicable laws and regulations; identifying fraud; conducting utilization reviews and audits for medical necessity; making recommendations regarding licensure or certification; recommending corrective measures, sanctions or enforcement actions; drafting and/or reviewing Statements or Notices of Deficiencies, Plans of Correction, investigative reports, and survey information against statewide standards for consistency and quality assurance; gather data needed to recommend enforcement or sanctions regarding facility and provider licensing decisions; clarifying survey protocols for health care providers and evaluating facility applications for the provision of services.

You may also provide training and oversight to team members or unit staff, provide technical assistance to providers and conduct provider training, develop State policy and clinical and programmatic guidelines for the assigned specialty area, make recommendations on enforcement/sanction actions against regulated or approved providers, and develop and implement procedures and reporting systems for utilization review.

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Subject of Examination

There will be no written test. The test will consist of an evaluation of your education and experience. When you apply, you must provide complete information to show that you meet the minimum qualifications. Do NOT send resumes. If you apply using the NYS-APP form and you need more space, attach additional 8��" x 11" sheets following the same format used on the application form. Additional unsolicited information will not be accepted after the last date for filing.

If you meet the Minimum Qualifications you will be sent a supplemental questionnaire to complete and return. The questionnaire will be used to evaluate the level, length, and relevance of your education and experience against the general background/critical activities of the position. This questionnaire will be the only basis for rating your education and experience.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.

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How to Apply

Where to Apply

Mail your completed application to New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Personnel Management, Corning Tower, Room 2217, Albany, New York 12237.

Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Issued: 9/20/2013

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