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Become A Hospice Director

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Working As A Hospice Director

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $85,077

    Average Salary

What Does A Hospice Director Do At Brookdale Senior Living

* Responsible for the overall direction of the hospice services and for the delegation and coordination of hospice personnel evaluations
* Establish standards of care to comply with federal and state regulations and guide-lines
* Ensure that interdisciplinary care is provided, supportive services are available to personnel, and that appropriate service policies and procedures are developed and implemented to accomplish identified outcomes
* Direct staff in performance of their duties including admission, discharge, transfer, revocation, and provision of service to patients
* A career with Brookdale Healthcare Services has never been so rewarding! We own and operate multiple hospice agencies around the country, with a full spectrum of care designed to respect the dignity of the people we care for.
* We focus on skilled and compassionate care while providing comfort and freedom from pain, and as much independence and control as possible.
* It"s more than a job: it"s a passion

What Does A Hospice Director Do At Aseracare

* Assumes full legal authority and responsibility for the management of the hospice, the provision of all hospice services, its fiscal operations, and continuous quality assessment and performance improvement
* Assumes ownership of all aspects of hospice operations of the hospice agency.
* Includes management and oversight of clinical processes, regulatory compliance, financial outcomes and operational procedures for Hospice Agency
* Through effective leadership and management of the hospice operation and it's resources, responsible to meet/exceed benchmarks related to quality of care, financial performance, operational efficiency and employee retention.
* Ensures that the hospice program is in compliance with all company policies/procedures and all applicable federal, state(s) and local laws, and accrediting organization, regulations, State Board of Nursing and Standards of Practice.
* Maintains knowledge of regulatory guidelines; recommends operational changes as needed.
* Maintains ongoing liaison with the governing body, staff members and the community through appropriate communication.
* Develops, implements and evaluates clinical operations policies and procedures.
* Ensure that each patient and family receives the necessary care and services outlined in the plan of care.
* Ensures staffing/coverage to provide sufficient personnel for delivery of patient/family services, including on-call, pursuant to company policies and guidelines.
* Plans for and ensures comprehensive orientation and ongoing education of the clinical professional and paraprofessional staff.
* Ensure compliance with Agency Quality management program
* Responsible for all aspects of Human Resources
* Participates in the budgeting process and manages expenses accordingly
* Serves as a liaison with vendor and contracted providers.
* Monitors the quality of services provided by these vendors/agencies
* Participates in local, state, and national hospice organizations activities
* Expected to perform on-call professional duties
* Serves as local compliance liaison to ensure compliance with company, federal and state requirements
* Addendum for Parent Providers with multiple branch locations: Responsible for the oversight and supervision of hospice operations and quality of care at designated “branch” locations.
* Must continually monitor and manage all services provided at all of its locations to ensure that services are delivered in a safe and effective manner
* Must adhere to the Company's Code of Conduct and Business Ethics policy including documentation and reporting responsibilities.
* Position Requirements

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How To Become A Hospice Director

Most medical and health services managers have at least a bachelor’s degree before entering the field. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Educational requirements vary by facility.


Medical and health services managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree to enter the occupation. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Graduate programs often last between 2 and 3 years and may include up to 1 year of supervised administrative experience in a hospital or healthcare consulting setting.

Prospective medical and health services managers typically have a degree in health administration, health management, nursing, public health administration, or business administration. Degrees that focus on both management and healthcare combine business-related courses with courses in medical terminology, hospital organization, and health information systems. For example, a degree in health administration or health information management often includes courses in health services management, accounting and budgeting, human resources administration, strategic planning, law and ethics, health economics, and health information systems.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many employers require prospective medical and health services managers to have some work experience in either an administrative or a clinical role in a hospital or other healthcare facility. For example, nursing home administrators usually have years of experience working as a registered nurse.

Others may begin their careers as medical records and health information technicians, administrative assistants, or financial clerks within a healthcare office.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Medical and health services managers must understand and follow current regulations and adapt to new laws.

Communication skills. These managers must effectively communicate policies and procedures with other health professionals and ensure their staff’s compliance with new laws and regulations.

Detail oriented. Medical and health services managers must pay attention to detail. They might be required to organize and maintain scheduling and billing information for very large facilities, such as hospitals.

Interpersonal skills. Medical and health services managers discuss staffing problems and patient information with other professionals, such as physicians and health insurance representatives.

Leadership skills. These managers are often responsible for finding creative solutions to staffing or other administrative problems. They must hire, train, motivate, and lead staff.

Technical skills. Medical and health services managers must stay up to date with advances in healthcare technology and data analytics. For example, they may need to use coding and classification software and electronic health record (EHR) systems as their facility adopts these technologies.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require licensure for nursing home administrators; requirements vary by state. In most states, these administrators must have a bachelor’s degree, complete a state-approved training program, and pass a national licensing exam. Some states also require applicants to pass a state-specific exam; others may require applicants to have previous work experience in a healthcare facility. Some states also require licensure for administrators in assisted-living facilities. For information on specific state-by-state licensure requirements, visit the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards.

A license is typically not required in other areas of medical and health services management. However, some positions may require applicants to have a registered nurse or social worker license.

Although certification is not required, some managers choose to become certified. Certification is available in many areas of practice. For example, the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management offers certification in medical management, the American Health Information Management Association offers health information management certification, and the American College of Health Care Administrators offers the Certified Nursing Home Administrator and Certified Assisted Living Administrator distinctions.


Medical and health services managers advance by moving into higher paying positions with more responsibility. Some health information managers, for example, can advance to become responsible for the entire hospital’s information systems. Other managers may advance to top executive positions within the organization.

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Hospice Director Demographics


  • Female

  • Male



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • German

  • French

  • Italian


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Top Skills for A Hospice Director


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Top Hospice Director Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Hospice Program
  3. Direct Patient Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Established policies and procedures hiring an interdisciplinary team and securing a Medical Director.
  • Developed total hospice program which included volunteer and staff training.
  • Direct patient care and maintain expertise for all age span from neonatal/newborn to young adults.
  • Implemented quality improvement and change processes involving electronic medical records and coordination of care.
  • Recruited, hired and supervised up to 20 staff members including RN's.

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