Hospice MSW

Mission:  American Care Team will offer and provide a meaningful “patient-centered” experience that will guide and support your journey. It is our collective goal to provide culturally competent services for continuity of care. We will listen to you and offer multi-disciplinary education and holistic supportive services to ensure that your needs will be met in a timely, ethical, and efficient manner. Our compassionate team will always work towards pain management and symptom control in effort to aid in maximizing your quality of life. We are proud to be your hospice team!

The primary role of the Medical Social Worker  in the Hospice setting is to assist patients and families/caregivers to cope with the social/ emotional issues and practical arrangements related to the patient’s illness. Under general direction, delivers age-appropriate social work care to patients and their caregivers in their place of residence in accordance with agency policy and procedure and state and federal regulations. The Medical Social Worker serves as an integral member of the home health team providing assessments, coordination and implementation of social work services to meet the complex needs of patients in the home setting.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide psychodynamic interventions, crisis intervention, grief/bereavement counseling, problem solving, stress reduction & developing healthy coping strategies in individual/family/group settings. Provide counseling to help patients cope w/ acute/chronic/terminal illnesses.
  • Responsible for developing & implementing individual Plan of Treatment which assist patients & families to cope &/or restore social, emotional, financial & environmental factors which affect &/or affected by illness.
  • Completes biopsychosocial strengths based assessments. Partners w/ patient to identify needs & develop & implement individual treatment plan based on mutually agreed upon treatment plan.
  • Discuss options for care proactively including American Care resources & external community/government resources to assist patient/family in developing short & long term care plans as appropriate. Team w/ other disciplines in assessing, planning & providing services for patients utilizing biopsychosocial information.
  • Assist patient in advocating for self to receive appropriate services w/in American Care & community. Assist patient & family in placing patient in higher level of care as determined by team & patient, if applicable.
  • Takes, reviews, evaluates & prioritizes written & oral referrals.
  • Maintains documentation, records & data collections.
  • Responsible for completion of required documents in a complete & timely manner.
  • Functions as part of the Hospice Team to assure appropriate, timely placement of American Care members in nursing facilities.
  • Identifies appropriate levels of care & facilities for referred patients, where applicable.
  • Obtains placements, where applicable.
  • Collaborate w/ internal & external resources in American Care & the community to meet mutually agreed upon goals & objectives.
  • Provides information & referral to community resources as requested.
  • Coordinates exchange of information between American Care, families, members & skilled nursing facilities.
  • Determines application of American Care, Medicare & Medi-Cal benefits to specific patient situations.
  • Participates in Quality Assurance activities as assigned.
  • Assist in coordinating communication between regional offices, clinics, hospitals, & field staff, triaging of phone calls from members’/families.
  • Works w/ referral sources to clarify & complete required clinical & psychosocial information.
  • Perform other related duties as necessary.
  • This position has no supervisory responsibilities. NCAL HHH

Basic Qualifications:

  • Step I: Less than two (2) years’ social work experience (M.S.W. field work not included).
  • Step II: Two (2) to four (4) years of social work experience within the last five (5) years (M.S.W. fieldwork not included).
  • Step III: Four (4) or more years of social work experience within the last ten (10) years (M.S.W. fieldwork not included).

– One (1) year experience providing direct service in medical or home health related setting – MSW internship considered.

– Home Health – Title 22 Requirement: Social worker means a person who has a masters of social work degree from a school of social work accredited or approved by the Council on Social Work Education and having one year of social work experience in a health care setting.

– Hospice – California standards: Social worker means a person who has a master of social work degree from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and clinical experience relevant to the counseling and case work needs of patients and families.

  • Masters in Social Work accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.
  • LCSW preferred.
  • California Driver’s License required.
  • BLS required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a multidisciplinary team.
  • Must have solid psychosocial assessment skills.
  • Knowledge of chronic and acute disease and how it impacts patient and family functioning.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral/telephone communication skills and written documentation.
  • Must be computer-literate and, preferably, experienced in automated clinical information systems.
  • Must demonstrate ability to effectively and efficiently handle demanding workload involving multiple tasks.
  • Demonstrated ability to function independently as a collaborative, supportive team member.
  • Must be able to master detailed and complex information regarding benefits and coordination of care


We offer our employees the following competitive benefits package:

  • Medical insurance
  • Competitive pay
  • Paid time off

Job Type: Full-time

Our supportive, caring environment extends not only to our patients and families, but to our valued staff as well. Employees from a number of disciplines work together in a collaborative, stimulating environment that is considered by many to be a model for quality healthcare. American Care Hospice is a rapidly growing company and is always looking for qualified employees. We seek highly motivated, talented candidates to join our staff and offer a competitive benefits package to our employees.