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Hospice Physician

Full Time

Department: Home Care
Reports to: Chief Medical Officer
Salary: $205,000 annually

You can make a difference every day as part of Angela Hospice’s exceptional team. Angela Hospice was founded over 35 years ago, rooted on values of respect, dignity, and compassion – and that caring vision extends not only to the patients and families we care for, but to our team members, colleagues, and the community.

We’re looking for a Hospice Physician who shares this vision.

Your Opportunities

• Certifies, as requested, the eligibility of new patients within 24 hours of the receipt of the certification from the referring physician
• Completes initial certification and certification notes
• Performs all face-to-face visits that are required
• Participates in the re-certification of Medicare patients’ eligibility for hospice care
• Participates in the development of the plan of care for new patients and families by reviewing medical records, medication and treatment orders
• Evaluates patients admitted to the Care Center for inpatient care within 24-72 hours of admission
• Monitors general inpatient care to assure compliance with the plan of care by providing hospice visits when necessary
• Orders intervention to maintain pain and symptom control for each patient
• Coordinates efforts with the attending physician and/or the physician resident to provide medical care in the event the attending physician is unable to retain responsibility for patient care at home or in the Care Center
• Acts as a liaison to the patient’s attending physician and/or resident physician to explain hospice admitting criteria and the limits of palliative care
• Acts as a medical liaison with the physicians in the community
• Insures the hospice has access to a physician 24/7, and makes homes visits on an emergency basis when necessary
• Supervises all contracted and employed resident physicians and nurse practitioners
• Makes home visits, upon request, for patients when the hospice retains primary responsibility
• Provides quality assurance of patient care rendered
• Works in conjunction with other physicians/residents for on-call responsibility for week-end, holidays and vacations for Care Center and Home Care
• Attends general staff meetings whenever possible
• Attends IDT meetings as needed
• Communicates with all team members and explains rationale for orders/treatment
• Participates with education department in hospice instruction of medical students/residents and staff orientation
• Helps organize and lead the palliative care service through Angela Hospice
• Writes prescriptions for all physicians who order schedule 2 medications through Angela Hospice
• Demonstrates considerate treatment of direct reports
• Demonstrates ability to view the global perspective
• Completes performance evaluations on a timely basis

What You Bring

• Graduate from an accredited school of medicine
• Active medical license in the state of Michigan
• Board certification or eligibility in Hospice and Palliative Medicine preferred
• Minimum of one year experience in hospice or palliative care
• Knowledge of principals of pain/symptom management
• Comprehension of hospice philosophy and issues of death/dying
• Ability to work as a member of a large interdisciplinary team
• Excellent organization and time management skills
• Proficient computer knowledge and skill
• Excellent observation, verbal and written communication skills, problem solving skills, basic math skills; nursing skills per competency checklist
• Auditory and visual skills
• Proficient interpersonal relations and communicative skills
• Knowledge of Federal/State, NHPCO, and CHAP regulations and guidelines
• Must be a licensed driver with an automobile that is insured in accordance with state and/or organization requirements