Texas Oncology is searching for a Social Worker. The Social Worker provides counseling services to patients requiring emotional and psychosocial assistance. Provides knowledge of agencies and organizations offering emotional, physical, social, and financial services to patients and families. This position will service patients in Abilene, Amarillo and Wichita Falls. 20% travel should be expected.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
-Meets with patients and their families for psychosocial needs assessment and examines social support, appropriate community resources, and coping mechanisms. -Documents all communication accurately and appropriately. -Provides psychological support to patients and families. Provides support to clinic patients and their families during hospitalizations. -Provides follow-up counseling on an ongoing basis. Acts as a patient/family advocate in negotiating the health care system. -Develops and maintains support groups to enhance the quality of care to patients and their families. Provides information to patients and families regarding resources both in local communities and those geographically distant, i.e. those patients contemplating procedures in other cities, BMT, etc. -Facilitates team support of identified patient and family needs through ongoing communication with clinic team members. -Provides education to patients and clinic staff regarding skills and knowledge specific to the role of a mental health worker in a medical practice. Develops and maintains working relationships with community agencies, health care organizations, and other providers to promote a broad base of support for patients and families. -Coordinates support groups with local agencies and health care providers to prevent duplication of services and to better address the needs of the patient population. -Provides speaking services to groups and organizations to facilitate public understanding of the emotional component of the cancer experience. Facilitates employee support groups as needed. -Demonstrates knowledge of age-specific differences in the patient population that include late adolescence, adulthood, middle age, and the elderly. This includes physiological, psychological, and developmental differences unique to each group. -Participates in quality improvement activities. May oversee the activities of staff providing coordination of Social Services. -If and only as needed, performs the following duties: completes patient disability forms, maintains indigent patient drug program, and maintains knowledge of insurance reimbursement issues.
Master's degree in social work from an accredited university. Minimum three to five years experience as a licensed social worker, oncology experience preferred. Appropriate state licensure required.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Requires exposure to communicable diseases, medical preparations, and other conditions common to an oncology/hematology clinic environment. Requires frequent interaction with patients and families, physicians and clinic staff, and external agencies and organizations.
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The US Oncology Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.
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About US Oncology Network
The US Oncology Network believes local cancer care is better care. We empower the delivery of advanced integrated cancer care through our network of independent physicians who share expertise and resources to provide quality, value-based care close to home.
Our clinical and business support capabilities, expertise and industry-leading technologies keep local practices at the forefront of high quality, efficient care delivery while enabling practice success, quality of life and financial security for physicians.
- 25 years of oncology practice management expertise
- Leader in value-based cancer care with over 900 physicians participating in the Center for Medicaid and Medicare
- Innovation Oncology Care Model – one fourth of the entire population of physicians nationwide
- Over 1,400 affiliated physicians
- More than 450 cancer treatment center locations across the United States
- Over 995,000 patients treated annually