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Medical Director

The Washington Home & Community Hospices

Washington, District of Columbia 20016
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  • Hospice/Palliative Medicine
The Washington Home & Community Hospices
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The role of Medical Director is the centerpiece in the Medicare Hospice Conditions of Participation. He/She is responsible to assist the CEO or COO in the administration of The Washington Home and Community Hospices clinical services program and oversee the medical component of the hospice plan of care for each patient. The Medical Director is responsible for providing clinical leadership and expertise to the hospice IDT, in order to provide the highest level of quality patient medical care and palliation. The Medical Director will facilitate a culture of collaboration among all medical and nursing staff involved with hospice patient care, build relationships with referring physicians to ensure integration of primary and palliative medicine and with community specialists as needed. The Medical Director will identify opportunities to improve care delivery, use resources effectively, and comply with legal, regulatory and clinical policies and procedures, and liaison with the local medical community.


  1. Education; completion of medical education and relevant residency training required. 
  2. Fellowship in Palliative Medicine.
  3. Work experience in internal medicine, geriatrics, palliative medicine or other relevant field of medicine required.
  4. Work experience in a certified hospice program.
  5. License/Certification: Physician licensure by the District of Columbia and/or The State of Maryland as a doctor of medicine or osteopathy required; board certification in hospice and palliative medicine preferred. Valid driver’s license with an automobile that is insured in accordance with state and/or agency requirements and is in good working order required.
  6. The following is a list of responsibilities of this position, but is not intended to cover other related duties that this position may be required to perform from time to time. 

  7. Demonstrates understanding of hospice philosophy and pain and symptom management.

  8. Works with diverse social and economic situations without imposing own values; maintains appropriate professional boundaries.

  9. Demonstrates understanding of team approach and communication.

  10. Contributes to positive atmosphere; demonstrates positive interactions with internal and external customers.

  11. Demonstrates ability to be a productive member of a high performing team.

  12. Provides timely and appropriate response to internal and external customer needs.

  13. Participates in meetings and quality assurance and program improvement activities as required and necessary.

  14. Assists with orientation of new staff as assigned.

  15. Offers suggestions to improve policies, procedures, and services in appropriate manner and time.

  16. Demonstrates knowledge and support of agency’s safety and OSHA policies. Demonstrates use of safety judgment on a case-by-case basis. Utilizes proper body mechanics and safe working techniques and reports unsafe environments/practices to supervisor in a timely manner. 

  17. Demonstrates understanding of HIPAA Privacy Standards and related Agency policies.

  18. Demonstrates understanding and compliance with agency policies, including but not limited to, documentation, continuing education, attendance/work schedules and required HR documentation, State and Federal policies and procedures, laws and regulations. 

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