Chief Medical Officer

Care Synergy
Denver, CO

Posting Date: January 31, 2024

Posting Expiration Date: March 29, 2024

Suzette Mack

Care Synergy has an immediate opening for a Chief Medical Officer.


STATUS: Full-time

SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday, 40 hours

ANNUAL PAY RANGE:  $235,000.00 - $295,000.00


  • We value diversity, equity and inclusion and know it matters for our team members and our patients.
  • We provide welcoming, supportive and inclusive care to our patients and a work environment where all team members feel respected and valued.
  • We support a culture of work-life balance and provide team members with two, free, confidential and robust benefit programs designed to provide solutions to the logistical and financial problems that arise in life. 
  • Low healthcare premiums: no increases in five out of the last eight years Employer pays over 90% of employee medical premium in some plans Health Savings Account (HSA) with significant Employer Funding: Single $1,000, Family $2,000 Healthcare Benefits are effective on the 1st of the month following date of hire.
  • Extensive Paid Time Off (PTO/Vacation Pay/Sick Leave) and EIB (Extended Illness Bank): accrued Seven Paid Holidays with an additional Floating Holiday 403(b) Retirement Plan with Employer Match: 50% match up to 8% of total compensation Company-Paid Life and AD&D Insurance Career & Logo wear  Education Reimbursement Program Comprehensive Leadership Development Training Clinical Career Ladders Certification Pay Generous Discover-a-Star Team Member Referral Program Robust Team Member Service Awards Early Wage Access Legal and Identity Protection


  • The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) is a full-time role that leads and oversees all the medical aspects of Care Synergy’s Hospice, Palliative Care, PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly).
  • Home Health and other community-based care programs and services.  The CMO role is split between administrative functions (.2 FTE) at Care Synergy, administrative functions (.2 FTE) as the Hospice Medical Director at The Denver Hospice, and clinical functions as a Physician (.6 FTE).
  • The CMO supervises all employed, volunteer and contracted physicians (“Staff Physicians”) and nurse practitioners (“Nurse Practitioners”) (collectively “Medical Services Staff”), and provides medical direction, leadership, and guidance to the Medical Services Staff to ensure the provision of high quality, cost-effective care in all Affiliates and care settings.
  • He/she ensures coverage of physician and nurse practitioner roles for all Care Synergy Affiliates, locations, and provides backup services as a Physician when needed.
  • The Chief Medical Officer is a member of the Care Synergy Executive Leadership team. Oversees the medical component of Hospice, Palliative Care, PACE and non-Hospice programs and services to ensure high quality, appropriate and cost-effective medical care for patients and families served by Care Synergy Affiliates.
  • Serves as the Medical Director at The Denver Hospice. In collaboration with the Care Synergy Executive and Affiliate leadership teams, develops medical policies, procedures, and protocols to define and support good medical practice within the context of Hospice, Palliative Care, Home Care and Community based programs and services including, but not limited to, pain and symptom management, medication and formulary management, use of palliative treatments and procedures, direct care services, appropriate utilization of resources, and medical ethics.
  • In collaboration with the Care Synergy Education team, assists in the orientation and ongoing education of Medical Services Staff and Affiliate clinical staff in the development of patient care policies, procedures and practices.
  • Serves as a Care Synergy representative and liaison to the medical and referral community.
  • Actively provides education on end-of-life care and promotes access to hospice, home care, PACE and palliative care services among physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and other potential referral sources.
  • Collaborates with the Care Synergy MarComm and Business Developments to develop and present effective educational programs to both health care and community audiences throughout the Affiliate service area.
  • Participates in the organization-wide Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) process and serves on the Care Synergy QAPI Committee (or designates another physician to perform these functions in his/her place).
  • As part of the Care Synergy enterprise-wide QAPI programs, develops and implements ongoing quality assessment, performance improvement and peer review processes to ensure continuous improvement of the care and services provided by Medical Services Staff and community-based physicians.
  • Provides a program of orientation and ongoing education for all Medical Services Staff, including both employed and contracted physicians and nurse practitioners, to ensure consistent, high quality, compliant and cost-effective medical care across all Affiliates and throughout all service areas.
  • Provides education to community-based physicians on hospice, home care, PACE and palliative care and services.
  • Supervises Physicians to ensure the appropriate and efficient medical direction of all hospice and palliative care and services, active physician participation in all interdisciplinary team meetings, 24/7 call coverage for all Affiliate locations, timely and appropriate documentation, and physician visits in accordance with policies, accreditation and applicable laws, regulations, and payer requirements. Develops, manages and participates in the Medical Staff Services On Call coverage rotation for all the Affiliates and serves as backup to other physicians or nurse practitioners as needed.
  • Serves as the physician member of one or more Affiliate interdisciplinary teams, either routinely or as backup to other Physicians, and as needed to ensure appropriate physician coverage.
  • Provides direct patient care including patient visits in hospitals, hospice facilities, outpatient settings, long-term care facilities, homes, and other locations as needed to meet the medical needs of the patients served.
  • Ensures the role as Affiliate Medical Directors as defined in Medicare, Medicaid and state hospice regulations for all provider numbers and licenses are met, delegating functions to other hospice physicians as appropriate.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable state and federal laws, regulatory standards, and organizational policies and procedures related to areas of responsibility; assists in ensuring compliance throughout the organization. Serves as a member of the Care Synergy Executive Leadership Team and the Senior Leadership Team for The Denver Hospice.
  • Actively participates in organizational management processes including, but not limited to budgeting, fiscal management, strategic planning, development of policies and procedures, staff education, community outreach and marketing. In collaboration with the Affiliate leadership and clinical management teams, leads the Medical Staff Services in managing patient-related expenses (e.g., medications, durable medical equipment, supplies, ambulance transport, etc.) within budget while ensuring quality patient care.
  • Always utilizes and models excellent customer service skills; seeks opportunities to assist patients, families, and co-workers; demonstrates teamwork and cooperation.
  • Accepts direction and follows instructions from supervisor; seeks additional information as needed; works with minimal supervision.
  • Adheres to all organizational and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Continually meets organizational standards for attendance and punctuality.
  • Attends all required meetings and in-services; seeks opportunities for additional professional development activities as appropriate.
  • Completes performance evaluations for all assigned staff in a timely manner. Maintains confidentiality of all information.


This section describes what knowledge, skills and ability an Employee in this position should currently possess.  This list may not be complete for all knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position.

  • Knowledge of the principles and practice of hospice and palliative medicine, with emphasis on symptom control associated with a terminal illness.
  • Demonstrates understanding and acceptance of hospice philosophy and principles of care, including: To regard dying as a normal process Neither to hasten nor postpone death to provide relief of pain and other symptoms related to the dying process to integrate the medical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of the patient’s care to offer a support system to the family.
  • Supportive of the hospice interdisciplinary team and the unique contributions each discipline makes to the team process.
  • Ability to educate physicians, hospice staff and the community on hospice, palliative care, and end-of-life issues.
  • Ability to work collaboratively on committees and as part of the interdisciplinary team with patients, families, primary physicians, referral sources, hospice staff and volunteers.
  • Skill in organizing and prioritizing workloads to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to effectively supervise and motivate other physicians and nurse practitioners.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers and other customers.
  • Ability to follow basic safety policies and procedures.
  • Ability to learn and use software applications, including the electronic medical record, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • General understanding of business practice, including staffing, revenue, and expenses.
  • Ability to use good judgment and to maintain confidentiality of information.
  • Ability to demonstrate tact, resourcefulness, patience, and dedication.
  • Ability to accept direction and adhere to policies and procedures.
  • Ability to travel on behalf of the company.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.


  • Licensed in good standing and a Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy in the State of Colorado without limitations on their license. Board Certified in primary specialty.
  • Added qualifications in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine, or Hospice Medical Director Board Certification preferred. Unrestricted Drug Enforcement Administration License to prescribe controlled substances. Participation status in Medicare and Medicaid programs.
  • Valid Colorado Driver’s License and Auto Liability Insurance along with a safe driving record.
  • Five years’ experience as a hospice physician, at least three of these as a medical director or other physician leadership role.
  • Experience managing and supervising physicians and nurse practitioners.


If interested, please apply here.