Medical Social Worker - Hospice

at LHC Group in Searcy, Arkansas, United States

Job Description

Company Overview

Elite Hospice is hiring a Full Time Medical Social Worker for the Searcy area Provides medical social services under the direction of a physician and Interdisciplinary Group to assist in the understanding of significant social and emotional factors related to the patient?s health status and in development of coping mechanisms. Orients, Supervises, mentors and educates other social workers within the state licensed in. Contributes to development of policies and procedures applicable to area of expertise. LHC Group is the preferred post-acute care partner for hospitals, physicians and families nationwide. From home health and hospice care to long-term acute care and community-based services, we deliver high-quality, cost-effective care that empowers patients to manage their health at home. Hospitals and health systems around the country have partnered with LHC Group to deliver patient-centered care in the home. More hospitals, physicians and families choose LHC Group, because we are united by a single, shared purpose: It’s all about helping people.

Essential Functions

  • Assists the patient, significant others, physician and health care team staff to understand significant personal, emotional,

environmental and social factors related to the patient’s health status on an as needed basis. Able to be alternate social work

to other agencies in state when needed.

  • Contributes as a health care team member to the development of a comprehensive, integrated Plan of Care for patients on a

daily basis.

  • Instructs health care team members on community resources available to assist patients on an as needed basis.
  • Collaborates with hospitals and community agencies to promote continuity of care on an as needed basis.
  • Assesses social and emotional factors related to patients illness to determine ability to cope with daily living problems on as

needed basis.

  • Assists the patient and significant others to understand, accept and follow medical recommendations on as needed basis.
  • Assists the patient and significant others in utilizing community resources as needed.
  • Identifies gaps in community resources and stimulates resource development and/or improvement as needs arise.


Visits patient according to Plan of Care, completes a clinical note for each visit, and submits clinical notes to the agency on a

daily basis. The MSW will give daily report to the Administrator regarding patient visits to ensure continuity of the Care

Management process.

  • Participates in LHC Connect and completes all required hospice assigned modules on-line and attends assigned in-services on a

monthly basis.

  • Able to function as Bereavement Coordinator and supervise the provision of bereavement services reflective of patient|family

needs if needed. Establishes a Plan of care that addresses bereavement needs with clear delineation of services to be provided

and frequency of service delivery up to thirteen (13) months following the death of the patient.

  • Functions as preceptor and mentor for new hire social workers through orientation, on-going education, and completes

discipline-specific annual competencies as needed.

  • Assist with Social Work and Bereavement Policy development and revisions.
  • Provides quarterly education to Hospice staff related to psychosocial issues.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience

Education & Experience

  • Master’s Degree from a school of Social Work accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.
  • One year of social work experience in a health care setting.
  • Current CPR certification required.
  • Current Driver’s License, vehicle insurance, and access to a dependable vehicle or public transportation.
  • AR: Must be licensed as a Social Worker from the State Board of Social Work.

An equal opportunity employer

LHC Group is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status or any other legally protected status. To learn more about the opportunities for you with LHC Group and our affiliates, contact one of our Human Resources team members at 1.866.LHC.Group.

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Job Posting: JC188329624

Posted On: Jul 22, 2021

Updated On: Aug 13, 2021