As a compassionate non-profit organization since 1983, Chapters Health System is committed to enhancing the lives of those affected by advancing age or illness. Through our comprehensive system of healthcare choices, we deliver expert care and heartfelt support to guide the community during the aging and end-of-life journey. From hospice and palliative care for adults and children suffering with life-limiting illnesses to in-home and community-based services for frail but independent seniors, Chapters Health offers a wide range of support services along life's ever-changing landscape.
The Medical Director (MED) has overall responsibility for the medical direction of the care and treatment of patients served by its program's care teams. S/he provides physician direction and guidance to the hospice and staff to assure the maintenance of quality care for patients and families. S/he serves as liaison between the program and community physicians, as well as with others engaged in health care services. S/he serves as an educator and researcher of hospice care. S/he or his/her designee provides direct medical care as needed to patients in the home and in multiple health care settings. S/he supervises the medical staff and contract physicians in the specified service area.
Recruit and hire medical staff as needed.
Recruit and hire contract physicians as appropriate for their respective service area.
Work cooperatively with the lead Clinical Services Positions.
Serve on appropriate organizational and corporate committees.
Lead specific projects as appropriate and directed by the supervisor.
Serve as a leader in the presentation of programs and research at regional, state and national meetings.
Develop and monitor departmental budget.
Represent hospice at appropriate local, state and national forums.
Assist in developing clinical practice standards for physicians and nurses in the practice of hospice
Assist in developing unique roles for physician extenders (ARNP, CNS, PA, etc.) in order to expand medical services in a cost-efficient manner.
Work cooperatively Chief Medical Officer to ensure quality care to hospice patients.
Coordinate the work of medical staff, chair medical staff meetings, and supervise educational plans of fellows, residents and students who rotate at the hospice.
Assist in the development of written guidelines for symptom control and recommend such guidelines to appropriate committees.
Develop and review patient/family care policies and procedures.
Monitor and advise medical staff of cost effective prescribing habits.
Participate in medical reviews as needed and directed by the Chief Medical Officer.
Participate and lead medical staff quality assurance/performance improvement program.
Maintain a regular schedule of medical participation in all components of the hospice care program, and maintain 24 hour, 7 day a week medical staff coverage.
Other duties as requested by supervisor.
Provide supervision including feedback, both positive and negative, as well as performance reviews to the medical staff that reports to the medical director.
Provide clinical expertise and participate in interdisciplinary team decisions regarding diagnosis and medical management of patient/family needs, assuring that the highest quality of medical care is provided and that continuity and comprehensiveness of care is maintained.
Provide suggestions to the IDG that foster high quality cost effective care for all patients.
Provide or coordinate direct patient hospice care through home visits, clinic visits, or inpatient care as appropriate.
Assure a member of the medical staff reviews the admission history and physical examination for each patient, including all available hospitalizations, office notes, laboratory data, etc.
Provide or assure that a medical staff member will provide medical validation of the plan of care for each
patient/family with the coordination of the patient's attending physician and medical staff.
Assure the medical validation of the estimated prognosis of the patient as provided by the patient's attending physician.
Participate in decisions regarding appropriateness of admissions, as necessary.
Act as a consultant to patient's physician and other members of the interdisciplinary team as needed.
Liaison with patient's primary or attending physician. The primary physician is encouraged to provide primary care to his/her patient while the patient receives hospice care.
Provide medical coverage or assure medical staff coverage for each patient who is deemed appropriate and who has no attending physician.
Assist in improving the quality of medical documentation by the medical staff.
Assist in securing medical records to better determine appropriate medical care for patients.
Provide coverage in the event of absence of other medical staff coverage.
Supervise the hospice medical staff including advance practice nurses in their respective service area.
Contact practicing physicians to introduce the hospice; encourage referrals, answer medical and other physician concerns regarding such care.
Introduce the hospice program to nursing homes, health maintenance organizations, hospitals, and other potential referral sources.
Present educational offerings to physicians, nurses and other health care personnel whose support is necessary to assure hospice are accessible to all patient/families who need them.
Participate in the ongoing in-service education of the hospice medical and clinical staff.
Actively participate in research to improve hospice care.
Provide in-services to hospice medical staff as needed.
MD or DO from an accredited medical school
Licensed to practice medicine in the State of Florida
Knowledge and experience in palliative medical practice and symptom management
Previous hospice experience
Valid Florida driver's license and automobile insurance as per company policy
Ability to make home/residence visits
Leadership skills to supervise medical staff
At Chapters Health System, our team members thrive in an environment that fosters teamwork and professional growth. Our location offers the perfect Florida lifestyle to promote the ideal work / life balance. We reward each employees’ talent with a competitive salary and outstanding benefits.
As a compassionate non-profit organization since 1983, Chapters Health System is committed to enhancing the lives of those affected by advancing age or illness. Through our comprehensive system of healthcare choices, we deliver expert care and heartfelt support to guide the community during the aging and end-of-life journey. From hospice and palliative care for adults and children suffering with l...ife-limiting illnesses to in-home and community-based services for frail but independent seniors, Chapters Health offers a wide range of support services along life’s ever-changing landscape. We’ll help you navigate your individual experience – empowering you with more choices, education and guidance for these important chapters of life.