Dialysis MSW-Social Worker
Physicians Choice Dialysis - Paris, TX

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RENAL SOCIAL WORKER DATE: MAY, 2011

DEPARTMENT: DIALYSIS SITE: DIALYSIS CENTER

REPORTS TO: CLINCIAL SUPERVISOR/ FACILITY ADMINISTRATOR

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

Primary responsibility is the psychosocial assessment, consideration and implementation of interventions appropriate for ESRD patients and their families. To assist in understanding Medicare/Medicaid responsibilities.
Additional responsibilities include continuity of care management to include assessments, plan implementations, monitor and evaluated options and services to meet patient’s health needs.

Core Responsibilities
1. Adheres to organizational and departmental policies and procedures.
2. Serves as an effective representative of PCD to patients, families, and visitors in a courteous, respectful, and empathic manner.
3. Demonstrates a cooperative attitude in relationships with co-workers and other PCD personnel.
4. Performs according to the quality assurance and quantity expectations as defined by PCD and the department.
5. Participates in maintaining a safe/secure environment for patients, visitors, co-workers, and self.
6. Respects individual’s rights to privacy and maintains confidentiality in matters relating to patients, personnel, and PCD operations.
7. Uses all facilities, supplies, and equipment pertaining to PCD with due care and in a cost-effective manner.
8. Demonstrates awareness of fire and safety policies.
9. Adheres to infection control and body substance isolation policies.
10. Attends staff development programs to augment skills and promote professional personal growth.
11. Reports to work in a timely manner as per facility hours of operation and established individual work schedules.
12. Maintains and demonstrates a professional attitude and demeanor as a representative of PCD in all interactions with co-workers, patients, referral sources and other clientele of the companies.
13. Employee contributes to the fulfillment of PCD’s mission of corporate compliance by demonstrating, consistent adherence to the Standards (Codes) of Conduct and Compliance Plan policies and procedures.

Position Responsibilities
Patient Care
1. Conduct a CIA, RIA and KDQOL assessment on patients new to ESRD, treatment modality or the facility within 30 days or 13 treatments of admission for preliminary evaluation and annually thereafter dependent upon the status of the patient.
2. Provide support, information and assistance in treatment planning.
3. Analyzes and provides information and facilitates referrals to community, private, state and federal agencies based on psychosocial need (e.g. financial programs, medication assistance programs, Vocational rehabilitation programs, transpiration resources, mental health and chemical dependency resources and home health/homemaking agencies).
4. Provides crisis intervention expertise as necessary.
5. Develop treatment and psychosocial goals for CIA and RIA assessments.
6. Act as an advocate on behalf of the patient and family.
7. Counsel patients and families on pre-dialysis education, including treatment modalities, and Advance Directives.
8. Notify multi-disciplinary team of any patient psychosocial issues affecting treatment and compliance.
9. Facilitate and/or refer patients and families to support/educations groups, whenever possible.
10. Analyze and provide information and facilitate referrals to community, private, state and federal agencies based on psychosocial need (e.g. financial programs, medication assistance programs, transportation, vocational rehabilitation programs, and mental health and chemical dependency resources).
11. Provide assistance to patient and family in adjusting to dialysis and an altered life-style, and provide resource information.
12. Provide information to the Charge Nurse/ Facility Administrator and Administrative Assistant related to patient travel arrangements.
13. Assist regarding health insurance:

  • Assist patients with financial concerns in obtaining assistance through National Kidney Foundation, American Kidney Fund, state renal programs, Veterans Administration, etc.
  • Support patient questions regarding Medicare and Medicaid, coordinate assistance entitlements and all appropriate documents.

14. Assists staff provides staff education for potential behavioral problems; assists with difficult and challenging patients, devising action place to include setting limits, developing contracts and other practices deemed necessary; acts of mediator of conflicts if necessary.
15. Maintain confidentiality of patent, staff, and company information.
16. Coordinates and participates in patient/family care conferences with multidisciplinary team, participates in monthly QAPI meetings.

17. Provide documentation in the medical record or the initial and on-going psychosocial assessments through RIA and CIA that will address both problems and strengths of the patients which will guide treatment planning/decisions and delivery of care.
18. Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications
1. Master Degree in Social Work or Qualified under the grandfather clause.
2. State license in Clinical Social Work.
3. Two years social work experience, of which 1 year is in dialysis or transplant prior to 9/1/76 and consultation with masters prepared social worker
4. Capable of communicating clearly and effectively with all types of physically and mentally disabled patients and their families.


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