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Palliative Care and Behavioral Health Medical Director - Part Time
U.S. Medical Management (USMM) is an affiliate of a leading Fortune 100 company. A national organization built on a continuum of care with premier healthcare providers, clinicians and patient focused individuals working together. Our Mission – “Through Compassionate Patient-Centered Care in the Home; We will Provide Exceptional Outcomes across our Continuum of Services” – Visiting Physicians Association, Pinnacle Senior Care, Grace Hospice, Comfort Hospice, Home DME & our In Home Health Assessments (IHA).
Our Values of Integrity, Respect, Teamwork & Excellence are leading us to a better tomorrow for patient care. Our Purposes Centered on “We are Unified in our Work through our Continuum of Services” “We can Find Comfort that We are Making a Difference for our Patients” & “We make a Broader Positive Impact on Society”, allows USMM to be poised for a phenomenal future.
We are seeking candidates who desire the experience of delivering quality & compassionate healthcare within proven care models with patients at the forefront of everything we do.
The Palliative Care and Behavioral Health Medical Director is a licensed and credentialed physician who provides leadership and assist in the development of Visiting Physicians Association (VPA) palliative care and behavioral health program that will better serve our patients.
The program development is to ensure that the care provided by the VPA provider is reflective of the patient’s values, preferences and expectations. The palliative care and behavioral health medical directors implementation of evidence-based national guidelines and clinical algorithms accepted as “best practice” in the palliative care and behavioral health program will be used to ensure high quality care and cost accountability.
The Palliative Care and Behavioral Health Medical Director will build effective relationships with partner companies, medical directors, hospital physicians, community physicians, nurses and other team members as well as community members to build a culture of collaboration and clinically integrated care across the continuum. This will ensure uniformity of Palliative Care and Behavioral Health practices amongst VPA and the partner companies including policies, procedures, surveys, assessments and outcomes reporting.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Divides time between dedicated administrative and clinical duties in proportional FTE designation as mutually agreed upon the Palliative Care and Behavioral Health Administrator
- Responsible for the overall medical direction of the palliative care and behavioral health program
- Participates in the interdisciplinary palliative care and behavioral health clinical teams to review active cases and provides direct patient care
- Builds effective relationship with referring physicians to sustain a strong culture of collaboration among primary care physicians, specialist, nurses, and other staff to meet the needs of the palliative care and behavioral health patients
- Collaborates with the VPA Chief Medical Officer and patriciates as a medical leader in the development and review of appropriate clinical protocols and processes that support referrals to and insure consistent quality palliative care and behavioral health
- Supports and leads the identification of education needs of the palliative and behavioral health practitioners and interdisciplinary staff
- Development of effective outreach strategies across VPA,
- Work closely with the Palliative Care and Behavioral Health Administrators and others as appropriate, assures that clinical protocols, utilization review, case management, quality assurance, and compliance programs are implemented according to VPA polices
- Responsible for working closely with physicians and administrators to ensure that the palliative care and behavioral health services are well integrated with VPA educational and quality initiatives
- Together with the palliative care and behavioral health administrators, leads strategic planning and resource management for palliative care and behavioral health initiatives
- Participates in periodic team meetings for the operational and administrative function of the palliative care and behavioral health programs
- Together with the palliative care and behavioral health administrator conducts yearly performance appraisals for advanced practice nurses
- Oversees communication between the palliative care behavioral health service and the referring physicians
- Works closely with leadership to enhance the palliative care and behavioral health services in community outreach to physicians, healthcare facilities and other applicable organizations in the community
- Adherence to the employee handbook, VPA compliance policies, and other employee policies
- Representing and serving as a leader in palliative care and behavioral health with the presentation of programs and research at regional and national meetings
- Monitoring and advising medical staff of cost effective prescribing habits
- Reviewing clinical information for the palliative care and behavioral health patients and providing written orders as needed
- Providing suggestions to the interdisciplinary group that foster high quality cost effective care for all patients, including providing input on case conferences as applicable
- Participating in decisions regarding appropriateness of admissions, as necessary
REQUIRED Knowledge, Skills and Experience
- Current medical license in state of practice and good standing with medical board
- Board-certified in internal medicine or one of it sub-specialties or family medicine
- Require certification by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
- Has a valid NPI #, DEA and CTP
- Maintain a valid driver’s license and good driving record
- Experience and leadership skills to supervise in medical leadership position
- Is credentialed with Medicare and state Medicaid
- Able to sit, stand, bend, lift, and move intermittently. Must be able to lift at least 25 lbs and bear the weight of an average adult effectively
- Ability to complete extensive sitting, phone, and computer use including keyboarding and basic computer skills
- The ability to work in fast paced environment
- Excellent interpersonal and telephone skills
- Extensive travel to patients’ homes
- Possible exposure to infectious diseases
Reaching out to those in need is more than a career; it’s a calling.
Our care starts with our people. Our compassionate doctors are supported by skilled staff (medical assistants, practice managers, patient care coordinators, schedulers) all committed to delivering the best care for each and every patient.
No other physician practice offers the immediate resources of having such highly accredited laboratory (CAP), diagnostics & radiology, along with offering a full continuum of home health and hospice.
Beyond that, our internal resources of Operations, QA, Compliance, Clinical departments are all devoted to providing ongoing support complimenting each doctor and every office.
To provide compassionate, high quality medical care in the home
Respect - we will value others and treat them how they want to be treated
Integrity - we will be honest, transparent and do the right thing
Teamwork - we will create strong relationships that are founded in respect, sharing, and accountability
Excellence - we will strive to deliver the highest quality services through efficient processes