A Palliative Care consultant is a physician who is responsible for improving the palliative medical care delivered by the Palliative Care Consultation Team (PCCT) at the Memphis VA Medical Center with outpatient experience and Hospice & Palliative Medicine (HPM) experience. Duties include but are not limited to: o Provide physician services, clinical input and oversight for all patient treatment plans consistent with hospice and palliative care philosophy. o Improve access to Hospice and Palliative care as experienced by patients, their families and providers. o 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. o Consult with attending staff as requested so that symptom management for patients is effectively and expeditiously accomplished. o Complete full and appropriate documentation of patience care services. o Actively contribute to the educational experience for medical students, residents, fellows and Nurse Practitioners assigned to Hospice and Palliative Care. o Collaborates with other VA Palliative Care leaders, VISN leadership, and VA Central office on program development issues. o Updates, monitors and promotes compliance with VA regulations to include updates for changes in applicable VA memos, directives and guidelines. o Collaborates with community home health and hospice agencies as needed for Palliative Care patients currently under his/her care. o Maintain an active license to practice Medicine and all related credentials within the VA Medical Center of Memphis, o 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. o 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. o Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am until 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.