Physician Medical Care FOR Seniors Job
HealthEast Care System - Saint Paul, MN

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Site Overview:
Clinics - RI (Physicians) - HealthEast Clinics are the East Metro’s premier primary care network. The medical staff includes more than 170 physicians as well as numerous certified nurse midwives. Our adult, pediatric and geriatric nurse practitioners round out a compassionate and experienced team of nurses and other support staff. Our clinics span the St. Paul area with 14 different sites and focus on providing prompt, personalized patient care with same day access for acute services. Our network size and diversity allows us to offer a full range of services for patients of all ages, including family practice, pediatrics and internal medicine.

Department Overview:
MEDICAL CARE FOR SENIORS Through HealthEast Medical Care for Seniors, a convenient specialty clinic, physicians and geriatric nurse practitioners make "house calls" to care centers, assisted living facilities and transitional care units. By caring for patients and residents where they live, our services eliminate the need to travel to a primary care clinic. Our providers include physicians and geriatric nurse practitioners who are trained to meet the unique physical and social needs of seniors.

Work Location:
Midway Campus


Job Category:
Physicians & Mid Level Practitioners

Specific Area of Interest:
Internal Medicine

St Paul


Authorized Hours - Minimum:
Per Two Weeks


Authorized Hours - Maximum:
Per Two Weeks

Work Hours:
Work Hours/Schedule
(For Example: 7:00am-3:30pm
or Every other weekend)

Primary Function:
& Major Responsibilities

Responsible for providing care to patients and residents at designated sites and facilities as assigned. Ensures clinical excellence at respective sites and facilities through quality patient experience, operational excellence and clinical excellence.

Physically present at nursing homes, transitional care units, extended care units, or other such facilities as designated to see, diagnose, and treat patients per schedule established by the Site Medical Director or designee.

Provides on call services in accordance with requirements of the Corporation and in accordance with the schedule established by the Site Medical Director of designee.

Participate in extra service to provide "coverage" for colleagues during their Continuing Medical Education time or vacations.

Accept "second call" (responsive to the nurse practitioner around the clock) as designated by the Site Medical Director.

Provides health care services to patients in transitional care units (TCUs—also called "Short-Term" or "Sub-Acute" units), and nursing homes for which Medical Care for Seniors has assumed professional responsibility for such services as:

Initial evaluation on all new admissions to transitional care units or nursing homes to which the physician is assigned.

Similar initial evaluations in other transitional care units and nursing homes under special circumstances.

Meets productivity expectations as defined by Site Medical Director and/or designee.

Accepts responsibility to ensure twice weekly visits to transitional care units with at least one weekly visit by a physician.

Visits all patients in nursing homes to which the physician is assigned at least every third month and as needed for acute problems and at the request of nursing home staff or nurse practitioners (NPs).

Respond to all calls from nurse practitioners or triage nurse within two hours or immediately if the urgent or priority call system is utilized.

Provides professional direction and medical management for the facilities where practicing, including assisting HMRI Clinic Leadership Group in the development of medical policies and procedures and practice protocols, and furnishing services in compliance with all policies, procedures, and protocols of the Corporation.

Complies in all respects with the medical bylaws and rules and regulations of all hospital, clinics, and other health care providers at or with which the physician has or maintains membership or clinical privileges, including the acceptance of medical staff committee assignments and consultation requests.

Checks daily with Medical Care for Seniors Office Manager or designee regarding new patients. All transitional care unit patients are to be seen within three days (some require same-day visits) and all nursing home patients must be seen within ten days.

Provides professional visits to all hospice patients in the physician's assigned nursing homes at least monthly.

At all times, place the well being of the patient as the physician's primary consideration, recognizing that in certain instances, "death with dignity" may be the best choice for the patient and the patient's family.

Within acceptable professional standards of care, provide as much care as possible in the transitional care units and nursing homes to avoid unnecessary transportation, emergency room visits, and hospitalizations.

Attends and participates in the Medical Care for Seniors' monthly business meeting and the Medical Care for Seniors monthly education meeting.

Attends and participates in special meetings as called for by the HMRI leadership, the site "clinic" manager, or the Site Medical Director.

Attends all HMRI membership meetings.

Participates in orientation program designed to provide information regarding coding, billing, and documentation procedures used by the corporation, including compliance with all appropriate laws, rules, and regulations regarding Medicare, Medicaid, and any other third party payer, as well as attending any required ongoing training regarding such policies and procedures.

Attends Continuing Medical Education (CME) meetings to provide credit hours adequate to maintain state license and specialty society membership. All Continuing Medical Education meetings or conferences for which HealthEast (HMRI) will have a financial obligation must be approved by the Site Medical Director (content) and the site Clinic Manager (time absent from work to insure adequate number of providers).

Meets regularly with Clinic Manager to establish clinic goals, address clinic issues, and formulate and implement strategies on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

Maintains status as a provider under and complying with the rules and regulations of the Medicare and Medicare programs, workers' compensation, managed care and direct contracting arrangements, and any other programs the corporation participates.

Participates fully in any managed care contracts or similar agreements entered into by the corporation.

Provides timely, accurate, and complete documentation of medical services in the medical record, both in clinic and in the hospital.

Appropriately codes and provides timely completion of all charge tickets representing the professional services rendered to patients, the appropriate level of documentation of such services noted in the patient's medical record to support such coding, and physician's full compliance with all approved policies and procedures related to such processes.

Continually examines opportunities for standardization and/or consolidation within Clinic and HealthEast.

Understands and supports technology needs of clinic in association with corporate information technology department. Complies with standards and requirements of all accrediting, licensing and governmental agencies pertaining to the area of operational responsibility.

Identifies and recommends changes that will improve service, productivity, quality and/or financial performance.

Responsible for planning using appropriate planning and decision making tools.

Supports overall clinic initiatives.

Maintains confidentiality in all aspects of the job.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

MD or DO License in the State of Minnesota. Board Certified or Board Eligible in Family Practice and/or Geriatric Medicine.

Demonstrated competence in practicing medicine. Minimum of three years practicing medicine preferred.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Demonstrated clinical expertise;
Demonstrated organizational, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills;
Current clinical skills regarding management of medical care and use of equipment;
Excellent interpersonal skills to work successfully with all disciplines including medical and support staff;
Clear understanding of Care Management and Performance Improvement approaches to clinical practice;
Knowledge of local healthcare market;
Previous experience with developing and maintaining effective medical staff relationships;
Effective liaison with HealthEast Medical Staff;
Extensive PC knowledge and skills;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
Demonstrated ability to work independently;
Ability to travel to multiple work sites/facilities;
Knowledge of coding/reimbursement issues;
Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to patients of all age groups. Must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development through the life span, possess the ability to gather data reflective of the patient's status, identify patient needs in relation to age and to provide the care needed as described in the department's policies and procedures and this job description;
Ability to stand, walk, or sit for an extended period of time. Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than whole hand(s) or arm(s); Communication skills using the spoken word. Ability to see within normal parameters. Ability to hear within normal range. Ability to stoop, bend, push or lift 50 pounds.

Regular/Temporary Status:

If Temporary, Start Date:

If Temporary, End Date:

Position Status:
Full Time

Employee Referral Bonus Eligible:

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