Job Title: LMSW

Position Summary   The LMSW position is responsible for assessing and implementing the Plan of Care to address the psychosocial, emotional, coping, caregiving, and grieving needs of all Hospice patients and family and or primary caregiver in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Group.  

Access to Patient/Family Information: The LMSW position will have access to all patient and family information as it relates to the provision of care for Hospice Services.

Access to Employee Health Information: Access to personal health information only.

Organizational Relationship: BOD è CEO  è Director of Clinical Services è Assistant Director of Hospice Servicesè Team Managers

Expectation of Employee

As a representative of CareFirst, the LMSW is responsible for:

  • Reflecting and interpreting CareFirst’s vision, mission, and core values in his/her own work with enthusiasm and commitment;
  • Acting in accordance with relevant legislation and CareFirst policies, standards and procedures
  • Interacts in a positive manner;
  • Developing and maintaining respectful, cooperative working relationships, both internal and external;
  • Understanding his/her role and responsibility in maintaining a safe workplace and reducing workplace injuries;
  • Ensuring accuracy, confidentiality and safekeeping of agency records;
  • Participating constructively in the supervision process with the position’s direct supervisor;
  • Understanding the financial concerns of CareFirst and contributing to the fiscal integrity of the organization;
  • Participate in committees upon request
  • Regularly identifying opportunities for self and organizational improvement;
  • Checking CareFirst communication each day worked

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participate in on call rotation
  • Provide clinical social work services to patient/families admitted to hospice including but not limiting to: personal counseling, group (family) counseling, crisis intervention, and benefit determination, advocacy of patient/family needs, information and referral.
  • Performs psychosocial assessment on each patient/family.
  • Coordinate psychosocial needs and services with and for the patient/family/PCG and other resources available to the patient/family/PCG
  • Share in assessment, information visit, admission, service availability, treatment plan designs, implementation of services and evaluation responsibilities of the team
  • Assists with nursing home application and placement
  • Knowledge and understanding of state and federal regulations relating to hospice and palliative care
  • Knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance guidelines
  • Participate in interdisciplinary group meetings to update patient/family plan of care as needed
  • Participate in quality assurance program and perform chart audits as assigned
  • Works with and collaborates with all members of the interdisciplinary team as indicated.
  • Maintain accurate, timely, and detailed documentation according to agency guidelines.  Expectation of point of service documentation in patient care setting.
  • Participate in programs of professional development related to hospice.
  • Participates in staff development
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Additional Duties:

  • Demonstrate compassionate behavior
  • Works cohesively with other interdisciplinary team members.
  • Exceptional communication/counseling skills to communicate effectively with patients, families and co-workers
  • Positive attitude about working with families of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds
  • Positive attitude of Nursing techniques as they relate to a Hospice patient
  • Use of universal precautions
  • Competency in computer skills or willingness to learn
  • Able to cope with stress of continual losses
  • Works confidently within a group
  • Have the ability to travel through the CareFirst coverage area


A master’s degree in social work obtained by successful completion of a prescribed course of study at a graduate school of social work accredited by the Council of Social Work Education and the Education Department, and current certification or license by the Education Department to practice social in a State of New York*.  One year of social work experience in a health care sertting.* Knowledge of federal and state hospice/home care regulations preferred.  Effective oral and written communication abilities Acceptable driver’s license and use of automobile during work hours.

*Consideration may be extended to a candidate in the event the master’s degree requirement is met but license is not yet obtained (or pending) and/or experience requirement not.   In this case, supervision by the social work manager, a license social worker, will also include ongoing review of care plans and clinical documentation until satisfactory completion of all minimum requirements (licensure, experience) are met.