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Medical Social Worker (Hospice)

Company: CHRISTUS Hospice and Palliative Care St. Patrick
Location: Lake Charles
Posted on: November 11, 2019

Job Description:

LHC Group is the preferred post-acute care partner for hospitals, physicians and families nationwide. From home health and hospice care to long-term acute care and community-based services, we deliver high-quality, cost-effective care that empowers patients to manage their health at home. Hospitals and health systems around the country have partnered with LHC Group to deliver patient-centered care in the home. More hospitals, physicians and families choose LHC Group, because we are united by a single, shared purpose: It's all about helping people.

Provides medical social services under the direction of a physician and Interdisciplinary Group to assist in the understanding of significant social and emotional factors related to the patient?s health status and in development of coping mechanisms. Orients, Supervises, mentors and educates other social workers within the state licensed in. Contributes to development of policies and procedures applicable to area of expertise.

Additional Details
* Assists the patient, significant others, physician and health care team staff to understand significant personal, emotional,
environmental and social factors related to the patient's health status on an as needed basis. Able to be alternate social work
to other agencies in state when needed.
* Contributes as a health care team member to the development of a comprehensive, integrated Plan of Care for patients on a
daily basis.
* Instructs health care team members on community resources available to assist patients on an as needed basis.
* Collaborates with hospitals and community agencies to promote continuity of care on an as needed basis.
* Assesses social and emotional factors related to patients illness to determine ability to cope with daily living problems on as
needed basis.
* Assists the patient and significant others to understand, accept and follow medical recommendations on as needed basis.
* Assists the patient and significant others in utilizing community resources as needed.
* Identifies gaps in community resources and stimulates resource development and/or improvement as needs arise.
Visits patient according to Plan of Care, completes a clinical note for each visit, and submits clinical notes to the agency on a
daily basis. The MSW will give daily report to the Administrator regarding patient visits to ensure continuity of the Care
Management process.
* Participates in LHC Connect and completes all required hospice assigned modules on-line and attends assigned in-services on a
monthly basis.
* Able to function as Bereavement Coordinator and supervise the provision of bereavement services reflective of patient-family
needs if needed. Establishes a Plan of care that addresses bereavement needs with clear delineation of services to be provided
and frequency of service delivery up to thirteen (13) months following the death of the patient.
* Functions as preceptor and mentor for new hire social workers through orientation, on-going education, and completes
discipline-specific annual competencies as needed.
* Assist with Social Work and Bereavement Policy development and revisions.
* Provides quarterly education to Hospice staff related to psychosocial issues.
* All other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience
* Master's Degree from a school of Social Work accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.
* One year of social work experience in a health care setting.
* Current CPR certification required.
* Current Driver's License, vehicle insurance, and access to a dependable vehicle or public transportation.
* AK, AL, AR, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, LA, MI, MS, NJ OH, SC, TX, WV: Must be licensed as a Social Worker from the State Board of
*MI: Must be licensed as a Social Worker from the State Board of Social Work; or have a limited Social Worker license practicing under the supervision of a licensed master's social worker.
* VA: 2 years experience in case work or counseling in a health care setting required.
* WI: Certified/Licensed in Social Work from the Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work
examining Board of Wisconsin.
* AZ, MO, NC, PA, TN, WA: No additional state specific requirements.

Company Description:

Our company was founded over 20 years ago on the principle that ---it---s all about helping people,--- and we live by those words today. It---s our mission to provide exceptional care and unparalleled service to patients and families who have placed their trust in us. We grow to fulfill this mission. When you become part of the LHC Group family, you---re choosing a career path that will challenge you to grow both personally and professionally.Every day, all across the country, our LHC Group family is helping people. There are 10,000 of us, standing shoulder to shoulder, helping the patients in our care live, fuller, healthier lives. We do this because helping people is, quite simply, the reason we exist. It---s our purpose.--

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