PACE Primary Care Physician
Under the supervision of the LIFE PACE Medical Director, the Primary Care Physician provides medical care to LIFE PACE program participants and in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team develops a plan of care.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Participate as a member of the interdisciplinary team (IDT) and in initial, semi-annual, unscheduled, and annual assessments; attend morning updates and report changes in participants baseline status to appropriate staff on a daily basis.
- Provide initial and ongoing participant assessments, care plan development, and implementation of the care plan.
- Obtain complete health history and record the findings in a systematic organized manner.
- Perform physical examinations, order and evaluate appropriate laboratory and diagnostic tests, and record results in a systematic manner.
- Identify medical, social, cultural, and financial problems.
- Perform functional status evaluation and/or mental status examinations using standardized procedures.
- Identify and describe the behavior patterns of the chronically ill.
- Triage status changes in participants, and facilitate appropriate management of problem identified.
- Provide preventative health care and health promotion for LIFE PACE program participants.
- Treat and manage acute and chronic illnesses.
- Regulate and adjust medications as needed.
- Facilitate medical specialist consultation as needed.
- Educate participants and families regarding health maintenance and their chronic medical conditions, in cooperation with the nursing staff.
- Provide inpatient attending coverage responsibility when the participant is admitted to a nursing facility and communicate participant status to the LIFE PACE program team.
- Work as a supervising physician with the nurse practitioner and/or physician assistant at that site.
- Serve as a source of geriatric and medical knowledge for the interdisciplinary team.
- Maintain an active role in the interdisciplinary team process.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the participant s plan of care and revise as appropriate.
- Serve as a member of the interdisciplinary team and participate in the development of the comprehensive plan of care and ongoing monitoring of the participant s health status.
- Maintain current, accurate documentation of health care services provided, coordinated, or contracted.
- Integrate into the interdisciplinary team as an active participant.
- Serve on various committees of the organization as requested.
- Prepare and submit reports including services provided as required.
- Attend pertinent health care conferences and courses to maintain knowledge of current trends in geriatric health care.
- Perform related duties as assigned.
- Complete charting and paperwork in a timely manner.
- Involved in the development and implementation of QAPI activities.
- Comply with all policies, procedures, and protocols of LIFE PACE program.
- Complete timesheets and recordkeeping documents in a timely manner and as required.
- Demonstrates a thorough understanding of HIPAA/HITECH laws and the related policies and procedures within the agency. Attends and successfully completes mandatory HIPAA/HITECH training at least annually.
- Maintain confidentiality of participant, staff, contractor, and organizational information
- Maintain a cooperative and supportive working relationship with participants, families, and staff. Demonstrate respect for participants, caregivers, and staff.
- Attend and participate in staff meetings, in-services, projects, and committees as assigned.
- Adhere to and support the center s policies, practices, and procedures
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS:
Board-certified/eligible in internal medicine or family practice.
Advanced certification in geriatrics and Board certification granted by the American Boards of Internal Medicine and Family Practice for Added Qualification in Geriatric Medicine preferred. Minimum of one (1) year of documented experience working with a frail or elderly population. Interest in frail older adults and knowledge of their physical, mental, and social needs. Effective skills in physical assessment and chronic disease management for frail older adults. Desire to work in a creative alternate health care setting.
Able to manage changing priorities according to participant needs. Ability to work effectively and in a collegial manner with all members of the interdisciplinary team. Strong organizational skills, dependable, flexible, and resourceful. Effective oral communication skills.
Must be licensed to practice medicine in the state of Oklahoma. Experience or added qualifications in geriatrics preferred. Must provide current state license and DEA registration and obtain staff privileges at the LIFE PACE program contracted hospitals.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
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