Physician, Palliative Care - Full-time

May 28, 2019


Chapters Health System
Temple Terrace, FL, United States


The Palliative Care Physician has the responsibility of providing high quality care and treatment of palliative care patients served by the company. S/he provides comprehensive and efficient consultative patient care and utilizes clinical expertise in decision making while promoting maximization of quality of life for the company's patients and caregivers. S/he provides physician direction and guidance to the company's palliative staff while assisting in maximizing access to care for eligible palliative care patients.


MD or DO from an accredited medical school
Licensed to practice medicine in the State of Florida
Current DEA number
Eligible for malpractice coverage under company policy terms
Board eligible or board certified by ABMS recognized specialty preferred
Knowledge and experience in palliative medical practice and symptom management preferred
Basic computer skills including use of email and word processing (Microsoft Outlook and Word or equivalent programs)
Valid driver's license and automobile insurance in the State of Florida; must have reliable transportation to be able to meet visit schedule
Must be able to physically access any home in any service area in which care is provided, i.e., navigate stairs, and narrow spaces, tolerate heat and lack of air conditioning
Ability to manage the emotional stress of working with and caring for terminally ill patients and their families
Plan to become certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in Hospice and Palliative Medicine when eligible if not already certified
Job Responsibilities:

Provide high quality consultative patient palliative care through hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility, home, or clinic visits as appropriate and as designated by the Medical Director
Work collaboratively in protocol with non-physician practitioners (ARNPs, CNSs, PAs, etc) from the company's medical staff
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 in a cost-effective manner
Consult with patients' primary and attending physicians regarding integration of patients' palliative care with their primary or other care
Make visits to care for patients to meet assigned productivity goals
Evaluate patients for eligibility for hospice care according to current guidelines and make referrals as appropriate
Work cooperatively with the Enrollment Center and organization staff to facilitate timely provision of services to potential company patients
Utilize practice opportunities to provide expert physician care to patients and provide clinical learning activities for internal staff and the staff of our partners
Act as a role model for professional practice by integrating all components of the professional role: clinical practice, consultation, collaboration, leadership, education, and research/evaluation
Collaborate with all disciplines within the agency and community partners to develop effective patient care programs
Participate in after-hour and weekend coverage for palliative care patients cared for by Palliative Care medical staff
Provides crossover coverage to all contracted facilities; including but not limited t hospitals, ALF's, Nursing Homes, and as needed in patient's homes.
Maintain defined patient care data for clinical activities
Maintain accurate record of administrative, non-billable activities
Utilize appropriate CPT and ICD-9 codes that are supported by medical documentation
Completes billing documentation and submission on a daily basis for daily activities
Prepare patient billing information in conjunction with the appropriate billing agency
Complete timely medical documentation of medical information on all patients seen by physician using the electronic health record
Manages productivity by meeting and/or exceeding budgeted RVU's on a monthly/yearly basis
Meets the administrative (number of hours) billing expectation as noted in contracts with facilities
Contribute to Performance Improvement efforts of medical documentation by company staff
Contribute to research efforts of the company by actively recruiting research subjects
Promote the company's programs to nursing homes, ALFs, insurance companies, hospitals, and other referral sources
Actively participate in ongoing education about our company and palliative care services to our community partners, referring providers, and general public
Attend the Palliative Care Staff meetings regularly, a minimum of 50% of all scheduled staff meetings and review minutes of meetings not attended within 5 days of their being made available
Represent the company at appropriate local, state, national, and international forums*
Evaluate patient care outcomes and propose solutions to opportunities identified
Participate in appropriate agency-wide committees
Supervise and educate fellows, residents, and medical students participating in company programs
Support research to promote clinical knowledge, development, and research-based clinical practice
Participate in development of clinical policy and procedures to improve quality of care delivery
Evaluate current research findings for specialty
Assist in the development, implementation, and evaluation of standards of practice within the palliative care specialty
Assist in developing unique roles for non-physician practitioners (ARNP, CNS, PA, etc.) in order to expand medical services in a cost-efficient manner
Provide care in efficient manner
Exhibit flexibility in schedule regarding appointment changes, care settings, and coverage issues
Work collaboratively with palliative care interdisciplinary staff as available in each care setting
Participate in programs to maximize access to palliative care for eligible patients
Identify opportunities for improvement in services and work cooperatively with Medical Director to implement appropriate changes
Participate in other clinical/administrative responsibilities as directed by the Medical Director*
Work cooperatively with and reports to the Medical Director to ensure quality care delivery to all company patients
Display attributes of consultation etiquette when providing consultative services to referring clinicians
Provide coverage in the event of absence
Assume responsibility as a self-directed professional for own continuing education. Identify needs or seek direction in identification of needs to maintain expertise and keep current with health care trends
Other duties as assigned by Medical Director


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