Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician - Hospice/Palliative Care (HPC)/CLC Medical Director in Lexington, Kentucky

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Lexington, KY
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/6/2016 (18 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 11/21/2016 (28 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1820230

OUR MISSION:To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.**

*You may be eligible to apply for the *Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

Applicant’s education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected.



A. Primary role is to oversee the care of hospice and palliative care patients on CLC as well as respond to hospice and palliative care outpatient and inpatient consults. Physician will also act as the medical director and have administrative responsibilities as medical directorship of CLC and Hospice unit with supervisory responsibilities of mid-level NP's. Physician will cross cover the CLC non hospice which includes rehab, skilled care, dementia care as well as, respite, in addition to other geriatric programs to include geriatric clinic when needed.

B. Hospice care physician responsibilities include the following:

  • Is member of the palliative Care Consultative Team.

  • Participates in the on call duty medical coverage program for Long Term Care as assigned.

  • Assures that palliative care consults are answered timely .

  • Assists the palliative care coordinator in the analyses and action plans to improve the palliative care and end of life outcomes.

  • Assists in coordination of medical coverage to handle CLC residents medical needs Assists in developing procedures for the daily care and treatment of CLC/Hospice treating specialty residents.

  • Assists in developing procedures for the effective transfer of residents to acute care and other organizations, as necessary.

  • Participates in establishing policies, procedures and guidelines designed to assure the provision of adequate comprehensive, timely services to CLC residents and patients at the End of Life.

  • Participates in the resident Interdisciplinary Team care meetings and residents council, as needed

  • Chairs the hospice and palliative care subcommittee

  • Serves as ,member of the geriatrics and Extended care medical staff, attending meetings, helping to assure adherence to its bylaws and rules and regulations.

  • Acts as the organizations medical representative in the community as needed.

  • Monitors and evaluates the quality of medical services as an integral part of the overall quality assessments and improvement program and assuring compliance with TJC and Long Term Care Institute (LTCI) requirements for Long term care.

  • The CLC/Palliative Care team physician is accountable to the ACOS for Geriatrics and Extended Care.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS He/She exercises full professional responsibilities for his/her findings, interpretations, decisions, recommendations and reports in accordance with the clinical privileges this institution provided him/her. He/She acts with full professional authority within sound administrative practices and policies, as well as broad aims and guidelines established by the ACOS for Geriatrics and Extended Care. The incumbent functions independently within this framework. The ACOS for GEC is available for consultation and evaluates the incumbents performance in terms of the end results achieved. Furthermore, the ACOS for GEC shall determine the priorities of the persons under her supervision according to the needs of the patients of this medical center.

Work Schedule:M-F, 8:00-4:30pm

Functional Statement Title/#: N/A

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Basic Requirements*: *

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Internal medicine or family practice physician with experience in hospice and palliative care.

  • Board certification in Internal Medicine or family practice is preferred.

  • Certification in Geriatrics &/or Palliative & Hospice Medicine is preferred.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Reference:VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard.* *This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Note*:* Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements: Physical requirements for this position include: moderate lifing (15-44 pounds), light lifting (under 15 pounds), light carrying (15-44 pounds), use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, kneeling, both legs required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in other, depth perceptions, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of color and hearing (aid permitted).

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.**


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: VHA physician brochure.

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.**

Salary Range: $175,000.00 to $230,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452736900

Job Announcement Number: KK-17-MEW-1820230