Clinician - CPO (Elmira, NY)
Hanger, Inc. - Elmira, NY

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Overview:

A prosthetic patient has a partial or total absence of a limb and needs a prosthesis, or a custom designed, fabricated, fitted and/or modified device to replace an absent external limb for purposes of restoring physiological function and/or cosmesis.

An orthotic patient has a neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disorder and needs an orthosis, or a custom designed, fabricated, fitted and/or modified device to correct, support or compensate for the disorder or acquired condition.

The Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist is specifically trained and educated to independently provide or supervise the provision of comprehensive prosthetic and orthotic care. This includes patient assessment, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, follow-up and practice management.

Prosthetics and Orthotics combine a unique blend of clinical and technical skills. Prosthetist/Orthotists evaluate patients and custom design, fabricate and fit prostheses and orthoses. They work with other members of the rehabilitation team, design with computers, and help change a patient's life.

The clinical skills and technical knowledge required to accomplish orthotic tasks are extensive, complex, and sophisticated. Proper care requires not only extensive training in the field, but also a comprehensive understanding of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and kinesiology - in short, how the body's components operate and interrelate.

Responsibilities:

Essential Functions*:
  • Collaborate with physicians in the evaluation and analysis of a patient’s need for prosthetic or orthotic services; recommend treatment options to physicians when necessary.
  • Examine and evaluate patient's needs in relation to disease and functional loss.
  • Formulate design of Prosthetic or devices.
  • Select materials, make cast measurements, model modifications, and layouts, taking into account new techniques and materials
  • Perform fitting, including static and dynamic alignments.
  • Evaluate prosthesis on patient, adjust to assure fit, function, medical efficacy, and quality of work.
  • Instruct patient in use of prosthesis.
  • Identify and reconcile issues/problems to ensure patient satisfaction with devices provided.
  • Provide follow-up with patients and physicians
  • Provide in-service training to physicians and allied health care professionals.
  • Utilize effective materials management, quality and performance processes to maximize device quality and medical efficacy, maintaining a proper balance with costs and operational/financial performance.
  • Meet with physicians, case managers and other referral sources to review prosthetic services and capabilities; develop and enhance business relationships to identify and secure ongoing and future sources or referrals.
  • Responsible with manager to plan and implement strategies to meet and exceed revenue targets.
  • Provide detailed clinical notes to patient records.
* Subject to limitations imposed by state and/or local law.

Additional Responsibilities:
  • May mentor residents or newly certified Prosthetists.
  • Provide assistance to other clinical staff.
  • Provide information to administrative staff to conduct reimbursement activities.
  • Adhere to all safety regulations; compliance with Medicare and other governmental regulations; compliance with bloodborne and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements.
  • Perform other duties or special projects as assigned.

Required Skills & Abilities:
  • Thorough understanding of the principles of biomechanics, pathomechanics, gait analysis, kinesiology, anatomy and physiology
  • Thorough understanding of componentry and its suitability and reliability for specific uses
  • Thorough understanding of medical terminology
  • Effective communication skills for accurate, concise, and organized oral and written presentation and reports to patient and staff
  • Ability to instruct clinical and non-clinical personnel and customers on objectives of patient care services
  • Active listening, reading and comprehension skills for analyzing reports, charts and correspondence
  • Ability to assess patient condition and advise physician on treatment options
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to build professional relationships with physicians, therapists and patients
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Effective organizational, time management and planning skills

Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to lift patients using biomedical techniques frequently throughout the course of a work day/shift; must be capable of easily lifting fifty (50) pounds of weight alone
  • Ability to walk, bend, stand, and reach constantly during a work day
  • Visual acuity (near and distant) sufficient to maintain accurate records, recognize people, and understand written direction
  • Ability to speak and hear sufficiently to understand and give directions
  • Ability to push wheeled equipment throughout the facility
  • Fine motor skills adequate for scheduling and preparing patients, equipment, and supplies for treatment
  • Ability to participate in sustained activities for many hours in duration in accordance with state labor laws

Qualifications:
  • A baccalaureate degree in orthotics and prosthetics or
  • A baccalaureate degree in any major and an orthotics or prosthetics certificate from a CAAHEP accredited program and a 12-month National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) accredited residency program or
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience to meet board eligibility
  • Current board certification or board eligible in Prosthetics and Orthotics (i.e. American Board Certified (ABC))
  • Demonstrated past experience in providing prosthetic and orthtotic services under the supervision of a certified practitioner

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