Physician (Palliative Care)
Duties include but are not limited to:
- Provide physician services, clinical input and oversight for all patient treatment plans consistent with hospice and palliative care philosophy.
- Improve access to Hospice and Palliative care as experienced by patients, their families and providers.
- Amplify the awareness of the concepts, role and availability of Hospice and Palliative Care services among ambulatory, home-based, specialty and acute care clinicians. Facilitate access to appropriate supportive care services.
- Consult with attending staff as requested so that symptom management for patients is effectively and expeditiously accomplished.
- Complete full and appropriate documentation of patience care services.
- Actively contribute to the educational experience for medical students, residents, fellows and Nurse Practitioners assigned to Hospice and Palliative Care.
- Collaborates with other VA Palliative Care leaders, VISN leadership, and VA Central office on program development issues.
- Updates, monitors and promotes compliance with VA regulations to include updates for changes in applicable VA memos, directives and guidelines.
- Collaborates with community home health and hospice agencies as needed for Palliative Care patients currently under his/her care.
- Maintain an active license to practice Medicine and all related credentials within the VA Medical Center of Memphis,
- Attain and provide information about federal, state, and local regulations and codes applicable to Hospice and Palliative Care programs, applicable to the Joint Commission (JC), and the professional service and administrative requirement and expectations of third party payers.
- Improves patient outcomes through the implementation of strategies such as clinical practice guidelines and critical pathways, health risk assessments, provider profiling use of electronic medical record and clinical reminders, and case management. o Effectively communicates with service employees, patients and their families, employees from other services, stake holders, the Executive Leadership team, the VISN and VACO staff when required.
- Other duties as assigned.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Travel Required Not required
Supervisory status No
Promotion Potential 15
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Designated and/or random drug testing required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
- Must pass pre-employment physical examination
Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
- Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
- Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
- Proficiency in spoken and written English.
- Physical requirements outlined below.
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements:Physicians should be physically and mentally capable to perform the examinations, formulate the diagnosis and treatment plan.. Physical activity includes sitting, standing (for up to 2 hours), walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (intermittently, 45 lbs or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeated bending. Physician should be emotionally and mental stable and capable of performing the duties of the position.
Education Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here:http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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