The Occupational Therapist is responsible for supervising and participating in the application of a wide variety of occupational therapy treatments to enhance rehabilitation of patients with physical disabilities, injuries or diseases. The Occupational Therapist evaluates, plans, and administers comprehensive occupational therapy modalities/regimes to patients in their place of residence for the purpose of developing and restoring function through rehabilitative occupational therapy as prescribed by a physician. The Occupational Therapist complies with applicable laws and regulations and adheres to Medicare and Medicaid regulations. ******************************************************************* PRN POSITION*******************************************************************************
PRIMARY JOB DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
· Performs comprehensive assessment utilizing the OASIS data set.
· Performs initial and ongoing patient assessments in response to patients’ needs and in accordance with physician orders.
· Initiates a written plan of care, re-evaluates and updates the plan as necessary.
· Provides skilled occupational therapy modalities within the therapy scope of practice.
· Assists the physician in evaluating the patient's level of function by applying diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
· Documents skilled care and/or services provided in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, and agency policies and procedures.
· Guides the patient in the use of therapeutic, creative and self-care activities for the purpose of improving function.
· Observes and records activities and findings in the clinical and progress notes, in the clinical record and reports to the physician and Director of Nursing/clinical designee the patient's reaction to treatment and any changes in the patient's condition, or when there are deviations from the plan of care.
· Plans patient discharge appropriately; provides information about community resources to address patient ongoing needs.
· Instructs the patient, caregivers and other health team personnel, when appropriate, in therapeutic procedures of occupational therapy.
· Participates in case conferences to discuss multidisciplinary team responsibilities, patient progress, and plans for continued care.
· Promotes and provides patient/family/caregiver education using various verbal and written communication techniques that take into account the patient’s/family’s cultural, ethnic, and/or personal needs or preferences.
· Attends agency meetings and in-service programs as required.
· Obtains appropriate number of continuing education credits to maintain re-licensure status.
· Participates in agency performance/quality improvement program.
· Provides direct supervision to Occupational Therapy Assistants in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and standards.
· Maintains currency of knowledge and skills.
· Completes projects/assignments within specific timetables.
· Attains goals as set forth in the annual performance evaluation.
· Submits documentation within required timeframes.
· Maintains strict confidentiality on patient, agency, and employee matters.
· Performs other duties as assigned.
The above statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal responsibilities of the job identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position.
JOB QUALIFICATIONS/PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Graduate of an occupational therapy curriculum accredited jointly by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association; or;
Is eligible for the National Registration Examination of the American Occupational Therapy Association; or;
Has 2 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist and has achieved a satisfactory grade on a proficiency examination conducted, approved, or sponsored by the U.S. Public Health Service except for those individuals initially licensed by the State or seeking qualification as an Occupational Therapist after December 31, 1977.
Currently licensed in the state of practice
Minimum of 1 year experience as an Occupational Therapist
· CPR per agency policy.
· Current health certificate/physical examination and TB testing results (if applicable).
· Knowledgeable of federal, state regulations and agency’s policies and procedures regarding patient care.
· Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate across all levels of authority and to patients.
· Possesses excellent organization, problem solving, and project management skills.
· Maintains licensure requirements as applicable to the position.
· Maintains a valid driver’s license and insurance as applicable to the position.
· Able to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
1. Hours of Work: As required and scheduled.
2. Physical and Mental Demands & Limitations Statement: This position requires good physical and mental health. The position requires the physical & mental ability to stand, walk, use hands and fingers, reach, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk, write, hear and see. The position requires mental fortitude to use logical and analytical thinking and the ability to handle stress. For specific physical demands of the position please see attached.
You are not required to disclose information about physical or mental limitations that you believe will not interfere with your ability to do the job. However, you should disclose any physical or mental impairment for which special arrangements or reasonable accommodations are needed to enable you to perform the essential functions of the job. Your description of any impairment and suggestions for reasonable accommodations will be considered in providing reasonable accommodations.
Demonstrates an understanding of the HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) regulations as they apply to their job and business. Maintains strict confidentiality of all patient information, medical information and the medical record.
a. Discusses only appropriate patient information in public and private areas protecting the confidentiality and dignity of all patients, by actions and words.
b. Releases only appropriate patient information over the telephone providing for balance between guest services and confidentiality of all patients.
c. Maintains record confidentiality by sending all internal and external written patient information in sealed envelopes to other departments.
d. Has a clear understanding of the HIPAA Security rule as it relates to electronic, technical and physical safeguards for computer equipment, and access levels.
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