Medical Directors

Medical Director - Tampa, FL and Lakeland, FL areas

February 22, 2019


LifePath Hospice - Chapters Health System
TAMPA, FL, United States


Since 1983, Chapters Health System has been a progressive leader in hospice, palliative care and home health. Today, we offer new programs that build upon our core expertise. We provide compassionate, patient-centered care at every stage of your journey.

As one of the first post-acute care systems in the country, Chapters Health System is committed to improving the lives of those affected by advancing age and illness. We give our patients independence when possible, comfort when necessary and dignity at all times. As we continue to grow, we are seeking:

Medical Directors

Opportunities in Tampa, FL and Lakeland, FL

The affiliate Medical Director (MED) has overall responsibility for the medical direction of the care and treatment of patients served by its program’s care teams. S/he provides physician direction and guidance to the hospice and staff to ensure the maintenance of quality care for patients and families. The MED serves as liaison between the program and community physicians, as well as with others engaged in health care services. S/he serves as an educator of hospice care. S/he or his/her designee provides direct medical care, as needed, to patients in the home and in multiple health care settings. The Medical Director supervises and manages the medical staff and contract physicians in the specified service area.

Job Responsibilities:


Recruit and hire medical staff, as needed.
Recruit and hire contract physicians, as appropriate, for the respective service area.
Work cooperatively with the lead Clinical Services Positions.
Serve on appropriate organizational and corporate committees.
Lead specific projects, as appropriate, and directed by the Executive Director, AVP or CMO.
Develop and monitor departmental budget.
Review and utilize monthly medical services management tool and provide appropriate feedback to staff.
Represent hospice at appropriate local, state and national forums.
Implement organizational clinical practice standards for physicians and nurses in the practice of hospice.
Assist in developing unique roles for physician extenders (ARNP, CNS, PA, etc.) in order to expand medical services in a cost-efficient manner.
Work cooperatively with AVP, Medical Services/Chief Medical Officer to ensure quality care to hospice patients.
Coordinate the work of medical staff, chair medical staff meetings, and supervise educational plans of fellows, residents and students who rotate at the hospice.
Assist in the development of written guidelines for symptom control and recommend such guidelines to appropriate committees.
Provide authorization of non-formulary medications for medical staff.
Enforce care consistent with patient/family care policies and procedures.
Monitor and advise medical staff of cost effective prescribing habits.
Participate in medical reviews, as needed, and directed by the AVP, Medical Services/Chief Medical Officer.
Respond to issues identified in Ethics Point in a timely manner, develop an action plan, and provide education/implement changes, as needed, based on findings.
Participate and lead medical staff quality assurance/performance improvement (QAPI) program.
Maintain a regular schedule of medical participation in all components of the hospice care program, and maintain 24 hour, 7 day per week medical staff coverage.
Designate covering Medical Director when not available and ensure communication to appropriate staff.

Provide supervision including feedback, both positive and negative, as well as performance reviews to the medical staff that reports to the Medical Director.
Provide clinical expertise and participate in interdisciplinary team decisions regarding diagnosis and medical management of patient/family needs, assuring that the highest quality of medical care is provided and that continuity and comprehensiveness of care is maintained.
Provide suggestions to the interdisciplinary team (IDG) that foster high quality cost effective care for all patients.
Provide or coordinate direct patient hospice care through home visits, clinic visits, or inpatient care, as appropriate.
Ensure a member of the medical staff reviews the admission history and physical examination for each patient, including all available hospitalizations, office notes, laboratory data, etc.
Provide or ensure that a medical staff member will provide medical validation of the plan of care for each patient/family with the coordination of the patient's attending physician and medical staff.
Ensure the medical validation of the estimated prognosis of the patient as provided by the patient's attending physician.
Participate in decisions regarding appropriateness of admissions, as necessary.
Act as a consultant to patient's physician and other members of the interdisciplinary team, as needed.
Act as a liaison with patient's primary or attending physician. The primary physician is encouraged to provide primary care to his/her patient while the patient receives hospice care.
Ensure that each new medical staff receives appropriate orientation to the Organization and are competent to serve in their medical staff position role.
Provide medical coverage or ensure medical staff coverage for each patient who is deemed appropriate and who has no attending physician.
Assist in improving the quality of medical documentation by the medical staff and ensure timely completion.
Assist in securing medical records to better determine appropriate medical care for patients.
Provide coverage in the event of absence of other medical staff coverage.
Supervise the hospice medical staff including advance practice nurses in their respective service area.

Contact practicing physicians to introduce the hospice; encourage referrals, answer medical and other physician concerns regarding such care.
Introduce the hospice program to nursing homes, health maintenance organizations, hospitals, and other potential referral sources.
Present educational offerings to physicians, nurses and other health care personnel whose support is necessary to ensure hospice services are accessible to all patient/families who need them.
Provide updates and ensure medical staff practices are consistent with organizational protocols and guidelines.
Provide ongoing education to medical staff regarding determination of related or unrelated medications, procedures and hospitalizations as well as determination of hospice eligibility.
Participate in the ongoing in-service education of the hospice medical and clinical staff.
Actively participate in research to improve hospice care, as appropriate.

MD or DO from an accredited medical school
Licensed to practice medicine in the State of Florida
Board certification by American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in a recognized specialty preferred
Hospice Medical Director Certified within 3 years if neither board certified or eligible by ABMS or the American Osteopathic Association
Certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine preferred
Minimum two (2) years’ previous hospice or palliative medicine experience
Previous medical administrative leadership experience
Expert verbal and written communication skills and public speaking presentation ability
Leadership skills to supervise and manage medical staff
Demonstrated skills in fiscal management and budget
Skilled in effective conflict resolution
Able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
Intermittent Driver - Valid driver's license and automobile insurance per Company policy
Ability to make home/residence visits


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