Continuing Care Physician (Hospice and Palliative Care), 0.8 FTE

Washington Permanente Medical Group
Bellevue, Washington
Nov 09, 2020
Nov 09, 2021
Full Time
Position Type

Kaiser Permanente-Washington Permanente Medical Group is seeking a 0.8 FTE Continuing Care Physician (Hospice and Palliative Care) to join our Palliative Care - Dignified Journeys team at Bellevue Medical Center in Bellevue, Washington.

Job Summary

Washington Permanente Medical Group, the Pacific Northwest's top-rated multi-specialty group, is currently seeking a BE/BC Internist or BE/BC Family Medicine physician, with experience working in Geriatric and/or Hospice/Palliative medicine, to join our Post-Acute Care program (or Continuing Care team). This 0.8 FTE position combines outpatient hospice and palliative care and supports care for a complex patient population

The Home-Based Hospice and Palliative Care service is highly dependent on interprofessional collaboration. The physician will be a key partner in shaping the care model through active participation in interdisciplinary team meetings as well as process and quality improvement opportunities. In addition to fostering a culture of collaboration and a high functioning team within the Hospice-Palliative Care Service, the Hospice-Palliative Medicine physician will be an ambassador within the medical group to promote awareness, knowledge, and skill in delivering palliative and end-of-life care.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Professional Competence:
* Demonstrates consistent and reliable diagnostic and therapeutic judgment.
* Supports clinical initiatives.
* Actively works to continually learn and apply new skills.
* Demonstrates knowledge of and participates in KPWA business initiatives.
* Practices in accordance with KPWA approved procedures, guidelines and protocols.

Teamwork and Collaborations:
* Demonstrates flexibility and ability to work effectively and as a team member.
* Regularly attends and participates in team and medical group meetings.
* Partners with team to develop protocols.
* Supports goals of the department.
* Models inclusive qualities including self-awareness, humility and curiosity.
* Values the perspectives of diverse stakeholders including clinical teams, patients and their communities.
* Encourages front line staff to improve where they work.
* Enthusiasm and ability to teach/host learners from various disciplines.

Service Excellence:
* Communicates effectively with patients, clinicians, families, nursing, and all levels of clinical staff.

* Participates in problem solving of consumer complaints.
* Actively participates in initiatives to increase patient access.
* Partners with patient in management of care.
* Demonstrates that patients come first.

Resource Utilization and Operational Excellence:
* Actively builds a culture of equity by understanding health disparities and creates interventions to address them.
* Ensures all pertinent patient care information is documented in the patient medical record in accordance with current standards and uses technology to manage the clinical practice.
* Promotes the use and understanding of evidence-based medicine to provide high-quality care.
* Evaluates procedural requests and reviews medical records to ensure appropriate plan of care is developed.
* Develops, implements, reviews and maintains associated informed consent orders and instructions.
* Complies with all state and federal regulations, in addition to KFHPW/WPMG practice standards.
* Seeks and offers appropriate and timely consultations consistent with protocols.
* Orders medication within prescriptive authority and promotes the use of the KPWA formulary.
* Orders lab, pharmacy, radiology, and special tests appropriately.
* Participates in medical staff quality improvement and review activities.
* Supports and promotes LEAN principles.

Knowledge/Skills Required

* Ability to collaborate and be influential across structures and roles. Possesses high professional standards and maintains respect of provider colleagues, demonstrated understanding of the changing medical environment such as medical/legal issues, staff concerns, customer demands, sensitivity to timing, etc.

Delivery Systems:
* Knowledge of delivery system operations, healthcare delivery systems and trends.

Business Acumen:
* Knowledge of business process and rapid cycle improvement and systems thinking Knowledgeable about care delivery across the continuum.

Decision Making Communication:
* Ability to challenge established ways and lead change. Demonstrated effective problem solving and decision-making skills. Proven negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Excellent communication skills.

Project Management:
* Must possess outstanding project management and data analytics skills. (preferred)


Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington, with a population of more than 134,000. The city spans more than 31 square miles between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish and is a short drive from the Cascade Mountains. It is the high-tech and retail center of the Eastside, with more than 130,000 jobs and a downtown skyline of gleaming high-rises. Although business booms downtown, much of Bellevue retains a small-town feel with thriving, woodsy neighborhoods, nearly 100 beautiful parks, a vast network of trails, top schools and a vibrant economy. Bellevue is routinely ranked among the best mid-sized cities in the country ( and 24/7 Wall Street). The population is becoming more diverse - according to the most recent census, minorities constituted 41 percent of Bellevue's population and more than 50 languages are now spoken by children in Bellevue public schools.

We are dedicated to building lifetime relationships with peers and patients in Washington State's richly diverse communities. Many know the Pacific Northwest as an attractive tourist destination with beautiful scenery, friendly people, and a host of cultural and recreational opportunities. These elements, and others, make Washington an excellent place to live.

Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

In our local communities and across the nation, Kaiser Permanente sets the standard for respectful care. With multicultural staff, equity, inclusion and diversity councils, medical interpretation resources, outreach efforts, educational programs and more, Kaiser Permanente puts people first in our medical centers and beyond.

As part of Kaiser Permanente, Washington Permanente Medical Group (WPMG) seeks to create equity in our communities, eliminate health disparities, and always put patients-the heart of everything we do-first.

Following the guidelines in our National Diversity Agenda, every member of our team strives to:

* Provide culturally responsive and appropriate medical care to improve the health and satisfaction of all people in our increasingly diverse membership
* Recruit and retain clinicians and staff that enhance our workforce
* Grow our membership by providing exceptional service and clinical care to all communities in our region

Creating a diverse workforce, an inclusive environment, and equitable opportunity for employment, growth, and advancement are deeply linked to our mission, our business, and our economic future. WPMG continues to add programs that build and maintain a workplace where we engage with our members, communities, and each other-with dignity, respect, and cultural understanding.

Equal Employment Opportunity

As part of our commitment to our employees and the members and patients we serve, we integrate diversity into all aspects of our operations. Maintaining a workforce with industry-leading levels of diversity through deliberate planning, development, and outreach is...

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