The Medical Social Worker provides preventive, educational, and evaluative and treatment
services to meet the psychosocial needs of patients and their families, to help them improve,
restore, and maintain their maximum level of coping. The Medical Social Worker utilizes
community resources and the interdisciplinary team to aid in this process.
All duties and responsibilities require professionalism, sound judgment and effective
1. Supports agency and corporate policies, goals, and objectives.
2. Functions as an IDT member.
- Promotes a positive working relationship between agency and corporate personnel.
- Attends and participates in staff meetings.
- Promotes hospice philosophy.
- Communicates identified needs and potential solutions to supervisor.
3. Provides direct social work services.
- Completes psychosocial on each assigned patient, as indicated by corporate policy.
- Completes Support Services Assessment, as appropriate.
- Reviews and explains hospice services, as appropriate to patient's financial classification.
- Develops and updates care plans.
- Attends team meetings and visits patients, as indicated.
- Monitors hospitalizations and Medicare Part A admissions.
- Secures revocations.
- Attends care plan meetings at long term care facilities.
4. Develops and utilizes community resources.
- Facilitates placements and monitors patient's adjustment.
- Coordinates caregiving issues.
- Facilitates discharge planning.
- Explains and assists with advance directives.
- Addresses financial concerns.
- Completes financial assessment.
- Contacts community agencies, as appropriate.
- Initiates Medicaid Spenddown.
- Assesses appropriateness for Special Concern supplies.
- Evaluates insurance concerns.
5. Provides counseling to patient and family.
- Supervises social work practicum students.
- Develops and maintains working relationship with community agencies, i.e., long term care facilities, DFS, hospitals, social security office, V.A., etc.
- Utilizes available community resources to meet family needs.
- Works in cooperation with community agencies and lay groups.
- Provides education and inservices to contract agencies, as appropriate.
6. Other duties as performed or assigned.
- Provides counseling to meet psychosocial needs of patient/family.
- Collaborates with and provides information to hospice interdisciplinary team related to counseling issues.
- Provides crisis intervention to patient/family.
- Refers to community counseling agencies, as indicated.
- Offers and facilitates memorial services, as directed.
- MSW degree.
- Knowledge and training in counseling techniques.
- Understanding and acceptance of hospice philosophy.
- Ability to provide own transportation and perform specified social work duties in the hospice service area.
- Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office.
- Possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
- A positive, compassionate, and empathetic attitude.
- Must be of high integrity including maintenance of confidential information including all patient records.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule, to include some evenings and weekends.
- Has a valid driver's license and auto liability insurance.
- Ability to meet physical job requirements
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