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What makes your clinical career greater with UnitedHealth Group? You can improve the health of others and help heal the health care system. You can work with in an incredible team culture; a clinical and business collaboration that is learning and evolving every day. And, when you contribute, you'll open doors for yourself that simply do not exist in any other organization, anywhere.The Palliative Care Field Social Worker is a member of the interdisciplinary team whose primary function is to provide assessments of the psychosocial and economic needs of the patient, provide support for patient coping with advanced illness, facilitate conversations related to the patient goals of care and end of life issues, provide caregiver support, and connect patients / families with community resources. Primary Responsibilities:
  • Visit patients facing serious illness in their homes to conduct a psychosocial assessment of emotional, social, and environmental strengths and challenges related to their diagnosis, illness, treatment, and home environment
  • Help patients and families to articulate goals of care, utilizing appropriate clinical social work treatments and intervention, while maintaining the dignity of the patient
  • Manage a caseload of palliative care patients / families
  • Attending weekly interdisciplinary team meetings to collaborate with nurses, physicians and patient care coordinators regarding patient care
  • Supporting the patients, families and caregivers with economic, psychosocial needs, community resources
  • Maintain working knowledge of and liaison with community agencies and resources; assessing and appropriately referring patients / families
  • Documenting patient visit notes and other documentation
  • Support the health of the palliative care team
  • Required Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree - level clinician in Social Work (MSW)
  • 2+ years of Social Work experience, post Master's Degree
  • Computer proficiency with MS Office products including Word and Outlook
  • Ability to travel throughout Fairfield and New Haven in patient's homes
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Palliative care or hospice experience
  • Experience working with patient and families dealing with serious illness and death
  • Experience working with community resources, specifically in Connecticut
  • Bilingual or multi - lingual fluency
  • Careers with Optum. Here's the idea. We built an entire organization around one giant objective; make health care work better for everyone. So when it comes to how we use the world s large accumulation of health-related information, or guide health and lifestyle choices or manage pharmacy benefits for millions, our first goal is to leap beyond the status quo and uncover new ways to serve. Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, brings together some of the greatest minds and most advanced ideas on where health care has to go in order to reach its fullest potential. For you, that means working on high performance teams against sophisticated challenges that matter. Optum, incredible ideas in one incredible company and a singular opportunity to do your life s best work.(sm) Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.Job Keywords: Hospice, Palliative, social work, case management, SW, LMSW, LCSW, UnitedHealth Group, Optum, home care, long term care, geriatric, rehabilitation facility, bereavement, Fairfield, New Haven Connecticut, CT
    Associated topics: abuse, addiction, behavioral, casework, coordinator, disabilities, msw, outreach, sickle, tirr

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