• Medical Director/Physician

  • Posted: 07/26/2020

    Job Summary:  The Medical Director is responsible for the delivery of participant care, clinical outcomes; assists/participates in the implementation and oversight of quality improvement and projects. The Medical Director serves as the lead in the design of the medical components for Northland PACE and as a liaison to the medical community on behalf of Northland PACE. As a physician member of the Northland PACE team, the Medical Director must meet all federal and state licensing laws, certification and regulations necessary. The Medical Director serves as the consultant and resource to the Northland PACE primary provider team.

    Primary Responsibilities: The PACE Medical Director / Primary Care Physician is responsible for the basic health care needs of Northland PACE participants by focusing on general wellness and prevention of ailments through assessments and health screenings.

    a.    Promotes and explains the Northland PACE program to interested individuals, community groups, contracted vendors, and senior care agencies.
    b.    Serves as a liaison between PACE and the primary care medical community.
    c.    Works collaboratively with medical staff at all PACE sites.
    d.    Attends Inter-Disciplinary Team (IDT) meetings, providing leadership for and collaboration with other required team members.
    e.    Provides leadership in quality improvement through participation on the Clinical Quality Committee and Quality Steering Committee; designing and conducting quality projects and keeping abreast of federal Outcomes-Based Quality Improvement initiatives
    f.    Participates in meetings such as family meetings, care conferences, IDT, and other meetings as necessary.
    g.    Collaborates with the IDT, participant, and family members to evaluate participant care, needs, preferences and wishes to develop a comprehensive plan of care. 
    h.    Performs initial participant assessment and, as necessary, periodic reassessments.
    i.    Evaluates participant’s physical complaints and medical needs in order to appropriately diagnose and recommend a therapeutic plan of care.
    j.    Conducts home visits inclusive of private homes, adult foster homes, assisted living facilities and basic care facilities, etc. as needed.
    k.    Participates in overseeing the care needs of participants in Skilled Nursing Facilities.
    l.    Maintains flexibility in schedule and responds to unexpected emergencies and changes in workload in order to fulfill responsibilities. 
    m.    Shares on-call duties for non-office hours consistent with Northland PACE policies and procedures.  
    n.    Coordinates the performance appraisal of all Northland PACE providers which may include primary care physician, nurse practitioner, and/or physician assistant.
    o.    Maintains accurate and timely documentation of participant diagnosis.
    p.    Ensures thorough documentation to capture all coding for optimal reimbursement.
    q.    Maintains privileges at community based healthcare facilities.
    r.    Maintains a professional appearance and manner in the clinical area and while representing the PACE program.
    s.    Utilizes specialist referrals, supplies and equipment in accordance with medical necessity, IDT decisions and as recommended by the Utilization Management Committee.
    t.    Knows and adheres to the regulations, philosophy, and goals of the PACE program.
    u.    Administers the Medical Director’s role in a manner consistent with Northland PACE core values and mission.
    v.    Understands, follows and supports Northland PACE policies and procedures.
    w.    Assists in development of Northland PACE program policies and procedures and protocols for participant medical care.
    x.    Evaluates and implements clinical practice guidelines based on current literature and shared state-of-the-art clinical information with the Northland PACE Interdisciplinary Team.
    y.    Provides education or in-service training as needed, including conducting clinical and geriatric sessions for participants and staff. 
    z.    Participates in continuing education classes and required staff and training meetings. 
    aa.    Maintains professional affiliations and any required certifications. 
    bb.    Delegates to and collaborates with clinic support staff to promote efficient time use, including processes such as scheduling, documentation, provider communications and order processing.

    Employment Specifications:

    Education/Experience: 

    Medical Doctor degree and licensed to practice medicine in the State of North Dakota.

    Board Certified in internal medicine or family practice.

    Must have a valid ND Controlled Substances and Federal DEA Certificate.

    Minimum of 5 years in medical practice for the chronic care population.

    2 + years of experience with Geriatric Population, Experience and/or knowledge of Treatment Community in area.

    Licensure, registry or certification required:

    Current Medical License to practice in North Dakota.

    Special Training:

    Understanding of the PACE Model, Preventative Model of Care for Elderly.

    Physical Demands:

    Must be able to see, hear, and verbally communicate.  Must be able to move about freely and possess manual dexterity and visual acuity. 

    Working Conditions:

    Primarily inside, well-lit, climate controlled environment.  Occasional home visits, and within all PACE sites as necessary

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