The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician provides the medical component of the Hospice/Palliative Care Programs. The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician assists in the maintenance of appropriate medical policies and standards to meet agency, state, federal and accreditation requirements. This position will assist in providing hospice care and palliative care patients in various settings. The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician works collaboratively with the Transitions LifeCare medical directors and staff and acts as a liaison to the Physician Community. The schedule for this position is Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm.
Responsibilitieswhat you do
Provide hospice visits and palliative care consultation to patients in private homes, residential facilities, Hospice Inpatient Facility and hospitals as requested.
Provide consultative, supervisory and direct patient care utilizing pain and symptom management interventions that are based on established hospice and/or palliative care guidelines and standards.
Attend IDG meetings as appropriate
Document in patient medical record to meet federal, state, regulatory, and agency guidelines.
Participate in activities that educate the medical community, hospital staff and community physicians about hospice, palliative care, pain, and symptom management, communication around end of life decision making and other Transitions LifeCare Programs.
Provide education to rotating students, residents and fellows.
Participate in physician on-call schedules to ensure that physician services are available 24 hours daily, 7 days per week.
Assist in data collection, forms, and outcome evaluation tools for the PalliativeCare Program as needed.
Provide support and oversight for advanced practice providers on the hospice and palliative care teams
May serve as collaborating physician for advanced practice providers
Participate in the development, review, and modification of comprehensive plans of care with other members of the patient care team.
Participate in the establishment and review of medical policies and procedures governing hospice/palliative care according to need.
In conjunction with the patient’s Attending Physician, certify patient prognosis at the time of hospice admission when needed.
Review/recertify patient prognosis for continuing hospice services on HMB/HMC patients as appropriate.
Be responsible for pharmacy utilization for patients under your care.
Attend weekly IDG meeting as a full and active participant. When the Attending Physician is not available to meet the medical needs of the patient, will provide the staff with appropriate medical direction for the patient.
Perform other duties as assigned by Chief Medical Officer
Expectations how you do it
TL Core Values are exemplified in all interactions with internal and external customers.
Adheres to TL policies, procedures and guidelines.
Adheres to NHPCO Ethical Practices and the American Medical Association’s Code of Medical Ethics.
Abide by the regulatory requirements of the North Carolina Medical Board
Abide by the Laws regulating the use of Controlled Substances
ACHC Standards (as interpreted by TL)
Hospital and Facility By-laws, Rules, and Regulations
Requirements what you need
Meet and maintain credentialing requirements for acceptance to TL and community hospital staffs
Graduate of certified medical school with MD or DO degree, followed by residency training and Board certification in a specialty suited for hospice and palliative medicine
Licensure in North Carolina
Current DEA license
Current CPR certification.
Maintain CME requirements for hospital staff and NC Medical Board
Must work toward acquiring prerequisites for Board Eligibility and passing the National Board Examination in Hospice and Palliative Care.
Must have and maintain a valid North Carolina Driver’s License, maintain automobile insurance coverage and have access to reliable transportation.
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About Transitions LifeCare
Helping families navigate the changes made necessary by a serious or terminal illness – with dignity and an unquenchable celebration of life – is what Transitions LifeCare is all about.
Our philosophy is that every individual deserves the quality of life he or she wants when facing a serious illness or near life’s end. Our mission is empowering individuals, families and communities to embrace meaning throughout a chronic serious illness and at the end of life.
Originally founded as Hospice of Wake County in 1979, Transitions LifeCare provides a comprehensive circle of expert care and support. What’s more, Transitions LifeCare offers education as well as emotional and spiritual support for the patient’s entire family. Our services are tailored to meet the exact needs, wishes and goals of each patient and family member.
Mission: To care for individuals and families with compassion, support, and expertise as they navigate the end of life or life-changing illness.
Vision: The right care at the right time, providing the best possible experience for patients and families in our community facing the end of life or life-changing illness.