Medical Director (Contract)
Job Type
Full-time, Contract

Are you ready to make a profound difference in the lives of patients and their families? Snowline Hospice is seeking a dedicated Medical Director to join our dynamic team of healthcare professionals. If you're passionate about providing compassionate end-of-life care, this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

Your Passion: Medical Director (Contract) 

Who We Are: Snowline is a non-profit organization serving the western slope of El Dorado County and the Greater Sacramento Region. For over 40 years, our deep roots in the community have allowed us to foster a strong network of local resources and partnerships. We have built a strong reputation of excellence by providing personalized, compassionate, high-quality care tailored to the needs of each patient and family. At Snowline Hospice, our core values guide everything we do. We value teamwork, contribution, service and excellence. We are a team of dedicated, dynamic professionals committed to providing the highest level of care which continues to be reflected in our exemplary patient satisfaction surveys and quality measures.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging: Snowline is committed to creating a workplace that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and fosters a sense of community. We are committed to providing exemplary, culturally competent care for our patients. At Snowline Hospice, we approach our work with sensitivity and compassion, and we strive to create a safe and supportive environment for every member of our team.

Why Choose Us: 

  • Flexible scheduling: We offer flexible scheduling options, including part-time and full-time positions, as well as day, evening, and weekend shifts.
  • Team Building: We are committed to maintaining a positive, collaborative workplace culture which prioritizes team building and joy through employee events, recognition and celebration of each other. 
  • Market Benchmarked Salaries: As a non-profit provider, we conduct regular market benchmarking salary surveys of comparable organizations to ensure our salaries remain both fiscally responsible and competitive. 
  • Salary:  $275,000-$325,000 depending on experience, $10,000 Hiring Bonus or Relocation Available 

Responsibilities: The Medical Director provides oversight of physician services by complementing attending physician care, acting as a medical resource to the interdisciplinary groups, and continuity of medical services. The Medical Director serves as an organizational liaison – promoting and representing the program to physicians, physician groups, discharge planners, other referral sources, community health organizations, and potential donors, as appropriate. In conjunction with the executive leadership and as a part of the Interdisciplinary Team, the Medical Director oversees the medical care of the hospice, palliative care, home-based primary care, chronic care management, and transitional care patients. Your duties may include: 

Clinical Services:

  • Responsible for providing medical direction to and adhering to requirements, terms, and conditions required by Medicare Conditions of Participation (COP), accrediting bodies, federal and state statutes that govern the provision of services. 
  • Reviews patients’ medical eligibility for hospice services, per program policies and procedures, ensuring the establishment of the plan of care is in conjunction with the attending physician and interdisciplinary group before providing care written certification of terminal illness
  • Reviews  necessary data from referral sources in order to validate the diagnosis and life-limiting prognosis established by the attending physician
  • Reviewing  the clinical record and/or performing a medical examination to confirm the appropriateness of services
  • Provides written certification of the terminal illness for all subsequent benefit periods
  • Performs face-to-face encounters within thirty (30) days of the third and subsequent hospice benefit certification periods and attests to the encounter. (NP may complete the encounter and report findings to the hospice physician.)
  • Consult with attending physicians and clinical  staff to ensure that pain and symptom management for patients is effectively and expeditiously accomplished 
  • Ensures that competent physician services are routinely available on a 24-hour basis to meet the general medical needs of the organization and patients to the extent the needs are not met by the attending physician
  • Supervises  Associate Medical Director(s) and Nurse Practitioners to include: participate in recruiting, ensure Associates and Nurse Practitioners follow applicable policies and procedures; evaluate Associates & Nurse Practitioners as required by COPs 
  • Facilitate a collaborative relationship with the attending physician ensuring the patient receives care that meets his or her needs and is reflective of the hospice philosophy
  • As President and Treasurer of Snowline Eldercare oversee its provision of professional clinical services

Interdisciplinary Team Collaboration and Communication

  • Attend and participate in interdisciplinary team meetings, utilizing a collaborative approach assisting in the development and implementation of the plan of care 
  • In conjunction with the attending physician and interdisciplinary group, reviews and updates the plan of care at least every 15 days, or more frequently as needed
  • Acts as a medical liaison and resource in the provision of clinical education to the Interdisciplinary Team and Physicians.

Education, Research and In-Service Training:

  • Participates in the development and review of established policies, bylaws, rules, and regulations, related to patient care, medical, educational, and emergency services.      
  • Participates in quality assessment performance improvement (QAPI) plans and collaborates with clinical leadership to identify areas of performance improvement, and supports with medical educational needs as well as activities internally and externally. 
  • In Collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and clinical leadership evaluates the implementation of programs, to determine the impact of said programs on the quality of care
  • Participates in the resolution of interpersonal conflict and issues of clinical and ethical concern
  • Act as a consultant, educator, and liaison between attending and community physicians and assists nurses when necessary in issues of pain and symptom management, palliative care, and courses of treatment 

Other Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a medical liaison to referral sources within Snowline’s service area to build strong relationships and promote timely and appropriate referrals
  • Serve as Chair of Snowline Eldercare and oversee the provision of its professional clinical services
  • Attend monthly Board of Directors Meetings as a nonvoting member, provide Board education and advise as indicated
  • Attend other organizational meetings & perform other duties deemed necessary by the Chief Executive Officer

  • Possess a license as a Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy under the provision of the California Business and Professions Code, without restriction or subject to any disciplinary or corrective action.
  • Possess and maintain a controlled substances registration certificate with state and federal authorities.
  • Board Certified in Hospice and or Palliative Care and/or a demonstrated knowledge and skillset in the medical management of advanced irreversible disease, palliative medicine, pain and symptom management, psychosocial care of patients/families, and principles of hospice concept of care
  • Not excluded from participating in the Medicare program
  • Possess an unencumbered California Driver's License, auto insurance, and a dependable automobile
  • Maintain current CPR Certification