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Palliative Care Physician

Palliative Care Physician

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We provide broader primary care and specialty collaboration, effective advanced care planning, and a revamped hospital based palliative care program. This program allows us to accomplish the following:


    • Team-centered approach to patient care
    • Reduce unnecessary hospital admissions
    • Perform Advanced Care Planning with patients who have an advanced illness
    • Complete Advanced Directives on all patients

The Palliative Care physicians will require both inpatient and outpatient privileges, advanced practitioner collaboration, and agree to a Hospice Medical Directorship. The palliative care physicians will be responsible for both inpatient and outpatient work; one week in the hospital followed by one week in the clinic.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

 Inpatient Palliative Care Physician Role

The Physicians will be required to have standard Internal medicine or Family Medicine privileges. We do not perform procedures. The Inpatient Consultative Palliative Care physician will be responsible for the following:


  • Types of Consults
    • The “goals of care” consult the family conference that cannot be done in an office setting, as patient usually has a complex prolonged hospital stay (care in hospital is usually a fragmented /family distraught or dysfunctional)
    • The” transition to hospice” 
    • The “complex dying patient” that care can only be met in a hospital setting, usually the attending on this patient. The patient is either on hospice within the hospital or end up dying on acute care waiting for hospice or placement.
    • Complex patient with uncontrolled symptoms – symptom management 
  • Symptom Management
  • Advanced Care Planning
  • Attend family conferences
  • Collaboration with Advanced Practitioners
  • Attend Interdisciplinary Team meetings twice a week (required by Joint Commission)
  • Completion of death certificates occasionally for Palliative care.
  • Complete documentation within 24 hours

Outpatient Palliative Care Physician RoleClinic will be Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm. Physician is On Call for Emergent needs only after hours.


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