Avera Health
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  • Estherville, IA
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Hospice Medical Director

Avera @ Home has a need for a Hospice Medical Director to serve patients in the Estherville IA area.

Qualified physicians must have a license to practice medicine in the state of IA and must be eligible for and willing to obtain a license to practice medicine in the state of MN.

Hours are approximately 5-8 hours per week .

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Patient Care Program.  To be responsible for the overall medical component of the patient care program and to insure consistence with Avera@Home’s philosophy.
  • Representative.  To be a Medical Representative of Avera@Home in the community.
  • Liaison.  To serve as a liaison with community physicians, medical schools and hospitals.
  • Patient Care Planning.  Participate in patient care planning as follows:
    • To participate in making decisions regarding admissions to Avera@Home’s home care or inpatient setting(s), in conjunction with the Hospice Interdisciplinary Group (IDG).
    • To certify (along with the attending physician) that each patient accepted for admission to Avera@Home’s hospice program has a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six (6) months or less.
    • To recertify the patient's limited life expectancy at subsequent 30 and 90 day periods; and at end of total 180 day period, if necessary.
    • To participate in the continuing education of Avera@Home’s nurses regarding palliative medical management and symptom control.
    • To participate in patient care plan at the time of admission to the program, in development and revision of patient care plan and in patient care conferences in order to review the care being provided.
    • To participate in Interdisciplinary Group (“IDG”) conferences to review Avera@Home’s patient care planning and serve as a medical resource.
    • To be available for on-call consultation with team members regarding patient's condition (in-house or telephone).
    • To present specific educational information at patient care conferences relevant to case presentations, including offering advice and information to staff and referring physicians on medical interventions to relieve pain and symptoms of disease.
    • To act as liaison between the attending physicians and the IDG; resolves conflicting care decisions per Avera@Home policy.
  • Health Policies Advice.  Advise on hospice policies for Hospice employees.
  • Home Visits and Availability.  The Medical Director shall make home visits when indicated and shall assure availability of physician services for routine and emergency situations.
  • Director of Care.  In the event the patient has no personal physician the Medical Director will be the director of care.
  • Back-up Physician.  Provide and train a Physician to cover responsibilities when Medical Director is absent.
  • Marketing.  Physician actively shall participate in the marketing of Avera@Home's services to the public and the physician community.
  • Continuing Education.  Physician shall participate in the educational programs conducted by Avera@Home necessary to ensure Avera@Home's compliance with regulatory, accreditation and insurance requirements and shall participate in such other educational programs within Avera@Home as may be reasonably requested.
  • Quality Assessment.  Physician shall participate in the quality assessment programs conducted by Avera@Home necessary to ensure Avera@Home’s compliance with regulatory, accreditation and insurance requirements and shall participate in such other quality review programs within Avera@Home as may be reasonably may requested.
  • Utilization Review.  Physician shall participate in the utilization review programs conducted by Avera@Home and the Medical Staff necessary to ensure the Avera@Home's compliance with regulatory, accreditation and insurance requirements, and shall participate in such other utilization review programs within Avera@Home, as may be reasonably requested.
  • Risk Management.  Physician shall participate in the risk management programs conducted by Avera@Home and the Medical Staff necessary to ensure the Avera@Home's compliance with regulatory, accreditation and insurance requirements, and shall participate in such other risk management programs within Avera@Home, as Avera@Home may reasonably request.

 

Physicians interested in this opportunity should reach out to Mallory Gross, Physician Recruiter Mallory.Gross@avera.org or 605-661-6492 by 6/25/21.

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