Hope Hospice’s physicians are responsible for the medical components of the hospice patient care program, and for the overall development and maintenance of appropriate medical standards and policies/procedures.
The hospice physician complements the services of the attending physician and intervenes to meet the general medical needs of the terminally ill patient. Important functions of the hospice physicians include the certification of the patient’s terminal illness, direction of the interdisciplinary group conferences, consultation visits, as well as overall program evaluation to ensure quality of care and appropriateness of care/services.
Our physicians serve as a medical resource for our interdisciplinary care team:
- Participate in admissions, re-certification and discharge decisions
- Certify in concert with attending physician, a patient’s eligibility for hospice
- Review hospice care plan
- Authorize and prescribe medication and home equipment (oxygen, etc.)
- Sign the death certificate, if needed
- Coordinate with attending physicians about pain management and symptom control
- Provide teaching for staff, patients and families