The hospice physician plans, develops, coordinates, monitors and ensures palliative care standards for hospice patients. This is accomplished by collaboration with the hospice team and the community physicians.
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Provides for the palliation and management of terminal illness of enrolled patients in collaboration with the patient’s or legal representative’s goals of care within legal, moral and ethical boundaries in the patient’s place of residence or any of the inpatient settings. • Conducts hospice pre-election evaluation and counseling services as needed. • Certifies that the patient meets the medical criteria for hospice admission based upon available diagnostic and prognostic indicator and oral and/or documented medical history. • Collaborates with the members of the IDT/IDG to insure that the medical needs of the patient are met, providing oversight of the plan of care. • Active participant in assigned weekly IDT meetings as Team Medical Director, guiding care and services for patients/families in accordance to medical need and patients’ goals of care. • Attends and actively participates in patient/family care conferences as requested. • Collaborates with the patient’s attending physician to develop and update the patient’s plan of care, to identify additional needs ensuring on-going pain and symptom management. • Reviews clinical material to document disease process, prescribed medicines, other assessments of the patient’s health at time of entry and the current drug regimen, making adjustments as indicated. • Makes patient visits in all patient settings as needed, recording time and mileage in accordance to policy and procedure for assigned employment status. • Communicates and counsel patient/family in dealing with end of life issues, participating in the discussion and their coping ability for their interpersonal conflicts/issues of clinical and ethical concerns. • Re-certifies patients as appropriate for continuation of Medicare Hospice Benefit at appropriate levels of care, including ensuring completion of or conducting face-to-face visits as required. • Documents physical exams and all clinical observations/reports and other required documents in a timely manner and in appropriate format to ensure compliance, including for applicable billing codes. • Provides consultation services to referring physicians, as appropriate for problems/issues in the palliative care of their patients. • Provides primary hospice care to Hospice patients with no local physician or referred for such care by local physicians, if appropriate. • Collaborates regularly with Executive Assistant or designee to schedule paid time-off, conferences meetings, other special events and licensing documentation requirements, ensuring timely and thorough communication. • Provides physician services coverage for hospice house visits and/or up to two after hour calls per week of which one two day period/per month will be a weekend as needed. • Fosters referral patterns by interaction and networking with local physicians. • When possible, maintains active hospital consulting privileges, otherwise arranges admitting coverage for primary patients needing hospitalization when appropriate. • Provides educational presentations/in-services, including new employee orientation, to clinical staff as needed. • Attends monthly Medical Staff Meetings as scheduled; provides coverage for Chief Medical Officer as needed. • Participates in Palliative Care Program when appropriate. • Collaborates with the Compliance Officer/Director of Quality Improvement regarding quality improvement study development and outcome, and implements the necessary changes to reduce variances. • Keeps the Chief Medical Officer and CEO informed on known high-risk and other appropriate issues that could potentially affect the agency.
• A medical degree and Florida licensure are required. • Board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine preferred. • Demonstrated work experience in health care related industries or areas which are translatable to Hospice. Experienced in Hospice industry preferred. • Willing to prepare for, and meet the requirements for eligibility for the American Academy of Hospice Physicians Palliative Care certification and exam within 2 years. • Must have a Valid Florida drivers License, maintain current auto insurance coverage and have access to a reliable automobile.
Additional Salary Information: Includes insurance benefits after 60 days, generous PTO, 8 paid holidays, 403(b) & employer matching up to 3%, mileage reimbursement, tuition reimbursement, etc.
Internal Number: 1198
About Hospice of Marion County, Inc.
To achieve our vision, we make commitments to those whose lives we touch on a daily basis. We value our internal and external customers. The values shared by the members of Hospice of Marion County, Inc, define our company culture - * Respect * Integrity * Stewardship * Teamwork * Recognition * - we speak and live our values every day, with every person, every time! Come join a team of extraordinary professionals who are dedicated to the mission of providing exceptional, compassionate end-of-life care to our community.