Hospice Medical Director (MD)
Company: Interim HealthCare - Home Care and Hospice - Roche
Posted on: January 26, 2023
General Purpose:Acts as the physician representative of the
Interdisciplinary Group (IDG), providing the overall medical
direction of the hospice, including the care provided in the home,
general inpatient care, emergency services and respite care related
to the terminal condition. Responsible for the hospice patients
medical care and acts as the primary medical resource to the IDG,
providing medical coverage and support during and after normal
business hours, as well as making visits to patients for medical
assessment and intervention whether in a facility or the
- Certifies in writing that each individual considered for
admission to hospice or each patient considered for continuing
hospice care is terminally ill in accordance with applicable law,
regulation, hospice policies and procedures, contract provisions or
the patients benefit requirements.
- Provides oversight of physician services to hospice patients by
complementing attending physician care and ensuring continuity of
hospice medical services including appropriate management of
patient pain and symptoms related to the terminal condition.
- Documents an individual patients progression in end-stage
disease in the patient/family record as appropriate.
- Maintains medical staff privileges in good standing at the
facility(ies) providing short term inpatient care to hospice
- Supervises all physician employees and any physicians under
- Ensures qualified physician participation in the initial
development and ongoing review of the IDG plan of care, and that
the plan of care is developed prior to the delivery of hospice
- Actively participates in IDG meetings, including the update of
each patients comprehensive assessment and plan of care as often as
a patients condition requires and in accordance with applicable law
- Participates in:
- The development, implementation and review of clinical
- Patient continuing care decisions;
- The development of procedures and the related oversight of the
provision, adequacy, appropriateness and coordination of short term
inpatient care, emergency services and respite care;
- The quality assessment and performance improvement program
- The resolution of patient/family or hospice program clinical
and ethical disputes or concerns; and
- The continuing education of the IDG, volunteers, and affiliated
physicians and employees of associated inpatient facilities.
- Acts as a patients physician to meet general medical needs,
including pain and/or symptom management or other medical
intervention should a patients attending physician not be available
or chooses to relinquish responsibility for a patients care.
- Acts as the liaison to community physicians.
- Completes other assignments as requested and assigned.
- May have access to personal health information (PHI) necessary
to fulfill the above duties and responsibilities. Access to use and
ability to disclose PHI is further defined by each
organization/department.Minimum Education & Experience
- A doctor of medicine or osteopathy.
- Current license in good standing in the state(s) in which the
hospice provides care.
- Board certified in a related specialty, preferred.
- Hospice/palliative experience, preferred.Knowledge, Skills &
- Knows the applicable law, regulation and contract provisions
associated with terminal illness certification for hospice
admission or for continuing hospice care.
- Ability to work as a member of the Interdisciplinary
- Knowledge of and commitment to hospice philosophy of care and
- Ability to effectively communicate with clinical and
non-clinical staff, patients and family/caregivers as well as the
- Meets applicable health requirements to provide patient
- Meets the requirements of applicable federal, state and
organizational background checks.Working Conditions & Physical
- Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work
- Able to occasionally travel locally to make patient
- Occasional exposure to communicable diseases, bloodborne
pathogens and/or other potentially infectious or hazardous
materials and situations that require following extensive safety
precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
- Able to stretch, bend, stoop, twist, stand, sit, walk, and
- Able to work on-call hours as needed.
- Able to occasionally lift and carry up to 50 pounds in order to
carry out daily job functions and related activities that may be
Keywords: Interim HealthCare - Home Care and Hospice - Roche, Rochester , Hospice Medical Director (MD), Executive , Rochester, Minnesota
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