A hospice physician uses and follows guidelines of leading hospice and palliative medicine organizations. Incumbent uses universal guidelines such as the WHO stepladder analgesic guideline to manage pain. Uses consistent practice of the most widely accepted principles and standards of hospice and palliative medicine. This position is responsible for the medical direction of the care and treatment to hospice patients as rendered by the hospice care team by performing the following duties:
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Consult with the patient's attending physician if there is an attending physician.
Provide guidance to staff and others to assure the quality care for patients and families.
Serve as a liaison between the hospice program, community physicians and others engaged in health care services to provide education, support, and awareness of hospice and palliative care services.
Provide direct medical care as needed to patients in their homes, nursing homes, or other facilities. Assist in developing the Plan of Care for each patient/family with the coordination of the patient's physician, if any.
Attend and actively participate in patient/family care conferences.
Review the medical, hospice, and/or palliative care of patients.
Maintain a regular schedule of participation in all medical components of the hospice care program.
Will be scheduled to maintain 24 hour, 7 day a week coverage for the hospice program as assigned by the Medical Director and/or CEO.
Act as consultant to patients' physicians and other members of the hospice care team, helps with review of patient care policies and procedures; serve on the hospice interdisciplinary team; attend and participate in team meetings of his/her teams; report to the Team Manager regarding medical care delivered to the hospice patients; is available to the nurses as needed.
Assure, through participation with the Quality and Performance Improvement Activities that interdisciplinary care plans are medically appropriate and that the care rendered in fulfillment of such plans meets the medical standards of the community and of Columbus Hospice.
Conduct educational seminars, in-services, and presentations to physicians, nurses and other health care audiences.
Provide home visits and care when necessary and as requested, as part of the plan of care. Make home visits for the following issues, among others:
a: Uncontrolled pain and symptoms
b: General medical needs, face-to-face encounters, and upon request
c: Continuous Care patients on a daily or as needed basis
13. Assess hospitalized patients referred for admission to the hospice if needed, to determine eligibility for admission; provide timely verbal and written certification for patient eligibility.
14. Review the plans of care for patients to ensure that the care ordered is in the Plan of Care and symptom management goals.
15. Carry out duties and responsibilities in a manner that exemplifies excellent customer service. Consistently represent Columbus Hospice to all internal and external customers with integrity and professionalism.
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
Degree in medicine or osteopathy from an accredited medical school.
Completed Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care preferred.
Other essential requirements include: knowledge of the principles and practice of primary medical care, with at least a working knowledge of oncology medicine; knowledge of current hospice palliative medicine with particular emphasis on control of symptoms associated with a terminal illness; knowledge of the local medical community and the ability to enhance, by association with the hospice, the hospice's visibility and reputation with practicing physicians and area hospitals; ability to work collaboratively with the patient's primary physician to interpret the hospice program and effect optimum medical care and the ability to work collaboratively with hospice employees and volunteers as part of an interdisciplinary team.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations as requested.
Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.
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
Current unrestricted license to practice in the States of Georgia and Alabama is required. Must have or be eligible for membership in good standing on the medical staff of the accredited hospitals in the Columbus Hospice service area.
Board certified in primary area of medicine - required
Board certified in hospice and palliative medicine within two years of employment - required
Must possess a valid Drivers' License, current auto insurance, and reliable transportation.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function 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 use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and sit. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Employee may be required to enter private residences that have infestations of insects or other pests, pets, odors, cigarette smoke, and variable sanitation conditions. Employee will be exposed to extremes of temperature and other weather conditions.
Employee must have adequate means of transportation to drive on a regular basis to patient homes, nursing homes, or any destinations as needed to perform job duties as required.
Employees are required to wear personal protective equipment according to agency policy. Any employee operating a motor vehicle on behalf of Columbus Hospice, is required to comply with the law regarding seatbelt usage (e.g., seatbelts are required to be used). Hands-free communication is required while driving.
Additional Salary Information: Columbus Hospice of Georgia & Alabama has been providing hospice care to patients and their families for 40 years with a staff of dedicated and caring employees.
We offer competitive salaries along with a comprehensive benefits package including:
Comprehensive Medical/Dental/Vision plans
Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
Critical Illness Insurance
Employee Assistance Programs
403(b) retirement plan with a company match