Ready for a life-changing career? Ready to work with a great team that is able to help so many people in our communities. Look no further than a career with Hospice of Havasu, this is an organization where your great care and compassion will make a difference every day.

Hospice of Havasu is serving more patients and families each day, and we are now adding to our all of our teams. If this is what you are looking for, come join our caring team!


GENERAL JOB SUMMARY
  • When the Hospice Medical Director is not available the Hospice Physician is designated by Hospice of Havasu to assume the same responsibilities and obligations as the Hospice Medical Director. As such, the Hospice Physician assumes overall responsibility for Hospice of Havasu’s medical component of the patient care program. This responsibility extends to all of Hospice of Havasu’s multiple locations and includes overseeing the implementation of the entire physician, nursing, social work, therapy and counseling areas within the hospice to ensure that these areas consistently meet patient and family needs.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
 
  • The Hospice Physician has the responsibility for the medical component of Hospice of Havasu’s patient care program, including initial certifications and recertifications of terminal illness.
  • Communicate in a collaborative manner with the Hospice Medical Director to address and enhance patient services.
  • Provide Standard Initial certification of terminal illness. The Hospice Physician shall review the clinical information for each hospice patient and provide written certification that it is anticipated that the patient’s life expectancy is 6 months or less if the illness runs its normal course.
  • Prior to the recertification period for each patient, the Hospice Physician shall review the patient’s clinical information and verify that the clinical information necessary for certification is present in the record.
  • The Hospice Physician shall review patient eligibility for hospice services; certify that patient meets medical criteria for admission and that recertification is based on available prognostic indicators.
  • Regularly attend and provide guidance to the interdisciplinary team (IDT), QAPI and Ethics Committee in the absence of the Hospice Medical Director.
  • Act as a liaison to physicians in the community and provide for consultation and education to colleagues related to admission criteria for hospice.
  • Participate in community programs for the purpose of providing hospice education and information.
  • Provide educational and in-service opportunities for Hospice of Havasu staff.
  • Coordinate with attending physicians for provision of continuity of care if he/she is unable or unavailable to do so. 
  • Provide medical services for patients if the patient does not have an attending physician or if the Hospice Physician determines that the patient has a medical need that is not met by the patients attending physician.
  • Assist in the development of clinical protocols, emergency care procedures and patient care policies.
  • Provide coverage and support to hospice staff for provision of medical services in the absence of the attending physician or after normal business hours.
  • Participate in quality improvement initiatives and programs and identify opportunities for improvement in patient care and safety.
  • Act as a resource to hospice staff, patient’s, family members and attending physicians regarding pain and symptom management measures.
  • Perform home visits and visits for inpatient hospice services related to patient assessment and care as needed and appropriate.
  • Collaborate with the patient’s attending physician, communicating the patient’s wishes and status.
  • Provide face-to-face encounters with hospice patients as indicated per regulation.
  • Ensure that the patients’ rights outlined in regulation are applied to every patient the same.
  • As one of the key documenters in the clinical record, needs to be aware of the requirements of regulations and maintain accurate, timely, detailed written reports.
  • Assist with orientation of new staff as assigned.
  • Offer suggestions to improve policies, procedures, and services in appropriate manner and time.
  • Ensure that continuing education requirements are met in accordance with agency policy.
  • Comply with infection control policies and procedures at all times.
  • Report unsafe environments or practices to supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality at all times.
  • Advocate for patient’s best interests.
  • Fluent in the English language. 
  • Keep the Executive Director fully informed.
  • Ability to position self to move about, ascend, descend or traverse, transport, operate, activate, use, prepare, inspect or detect, perceive, identify,  recognize, observe, inspect and assess are required. Ability to convey, communicate, speak clearly and exchange information, converse with, discern, and express oneself.

JOB REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

Education:
  • Completion of medical education and relevant residency training required. Fellowship in Palliative Medicine preferred.
Training Requirements: (Credentials, licenses or certificates)
  • Physician licensure by the State of Arizona as a doctor of Medicine or osteopathy required.
  • Board certification in hospice and palliative medicine preferred.    
Experience:
  • Ten years work experience in internal medicine, geriatrics, palliative medicine or relevant field of medicine required. Work experience in a certified hospice program and administrative experience preferred.
Knowledge Requirements:
  • Demonstrated knowledge in hospice philosophy, medical aspects of hospice care including recent research, trends and pain and symptom management.
  • Knowledge and support of agency’s safety and OSHA policies.
  • Understanding of HIPAA Privacy Standards and related agency policies.
  • Demonstrated understanding and compliance with agency policies, including but not limited to documentation, continuing education, work schedules and required HR documents, State and Federal policies and procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Patient’s Rights.
  • Advance Directives.

Skills and Ability:
  • Moderate computer skills in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Structure and content of English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar.
  • Analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution.
  • Utilize proper body mechanics and safe working techniques.

Demonstrated Behavioral Competencies:
  • Cope with multiple losses; manage stress in a healthy way.
  • Work with diverse social and economic situations without imposing own values.
  • Maintain professional boundaries’ with patients’ families, community and staff.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Sensitivity to others.
  • Sensitivity to confidential matters.
  • Maintain cultural competency and humility.
  • Acceptance of diversity.
  • Ethical and Honest.
  • Self-Management with minimal supervision.
  • Relate effectively with patients, physicians, community, and institutions etc.

Department: Hospice Physicians
This is a part time position

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