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What is the role of a medical director with a home health agency?

As the medical director of Sonora Regional Home Health, I review cases, provide consultation on difficult cases, and attend annual meetings. My role is not to interfere with the patient’s primary physician, who is ultimately responsible for the patient, or with the care plan established by the home health team. However, there are times when I do intervene, perhaps if there are unsafe conditions for a patient or home health employee. November is National Home Care and Hospice Month and I would like to congratulate everyone for the work they do in Home Health. They all provide excellent care for our community. During a recent audit, a California state surveyor complimented the home health team on their outstanding work. It’s the people who make this service so good.

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