The Hospice Physician provides care as a consultant expert in palliative medicine and in some cases, as the primary physician at the request of other physicians or the patient. The Hospice Physician provides consultation and care as a member of the hospice interdisciplinary team in a variety of settings including patient's homes, hospitals, nursing facilities, the hospice residence, and hospice inpatient unit.
• Provides all aspects of clinical care for hospice and palliative care patients and families.
• Provides guidance and support as patients and families make their transition from curative to palliative care.
• Provides competent and complete assessments and diagnoses.
• Completes documentation and billing in the EHR in a timely manner.
• Communicate information about diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment options to patients and families.
• Provides guidance to patients and families during the process of making treatment decisions, so the patient’s wishes are honored.
• Respects the patient’s beliefs, values and goals for care.
• Provides skilled, effective interventions that meet the patient’s needs.
• Collaborates with the patient’s attending physician and the interdisciplinary care team to achieve outcomes that met the patient’s needs.
• Offers a caring presence to the patient and family and provide ongoing emotional support.
• Supports the patient’s search for a renewed sense of meaning, purpose and hope.
• Serves as an advocate to help patients and families receive needed services. • Participates in teaching and research activities to improve the standard of patient care.
• Provides care to patients and families in a variety of settings including home, hospital, nursing facilities and the hospice residence and hospice inpatient unit.
• Provides on-call support on an alternating basis, to the interdisciplinary team, patients, families and patient’s primary physicians in order to provide 24 hour, 7 day per week medical care for our patients.
• Adjusts therapies to meet the capabilities of family members and care givers and teach patient care techniques.
• Provides support and works collaboratively with the interdisciplinary care team to meet the patient and family needs.
• Participates in interdisciplinary team meetings and listens respectfully to help develop mutual trust and respect.
• Asks for help from team members.
• Serves as a resource to improve the team’s medical skills.
• Pays attention and learns from other team members.
• Helps the team stay focused on the patient’s and family’s problems.
• Provides continuing education to health care professionals.
• Provides organizational support.
• Demonstrates careful stewardship of the organization’s resources to improve patient access to needed care.
• Participates in performance improvement activities.
• Assists with administrative tasks as directed by medical director.
• Assists management in focusing resources where they are most needed to alleviate the patient’s and family’s suffering.
• Communicates with community physicians about end-of-life care and hospice services in order to improve access to quality end-of-life care in Collier County.
• Other duties as assigned.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education And/or Experience:
Medical degree (M.D. or D.O.) from an accredited institution. Residency in internal medicine, geriatrics or oncology preferred. Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care within 3 years of employment.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
Math skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentages/fractions. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations. Reasoning Ability Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.,) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Medical License, State of Florida. Current DEA Registration.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Internal Number: HP-01
About Avow Hospice
Avow was founded in 1983 as Collier County’s original, nonprofit hospice. Today, Avow’s nonprofit companies provide palliative care consultations for adults facing chronic or serious illness, hospice care and bereavement support services for children and adults. At Avow, employee teams focus their efforts not on making a product, but on making life better for other human beings. We view what we do, not as work, but as a ministry to our patients, their families and the community we serve.We are mission driven… committing ourselves to the highest standards of patient and family care and expecting all of our employees to share that commitment. We embrace our work because it adds meaning to our own lives and offers perspective on living that you just can’t get anywhere else.