Physical Therapist - Continuing Care Services ( Job Number: 148035 )
Kaiser Permanente - Portland, OR

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The physical therapist provides home care services to Kaiser Permanente patients in community based & facility settings. This position may provide therapy services to patients in the home health, hospice, home infusion, palliative care, or other programs under the direction of the patient's physician(s) to provide quality health care outcomes & facilitate the achievement of maximum independence of the patient utilizing health care resources w/in Kaiser Permanente & the community. This care is provided through coordinating the delivery of high quality, cost-effective skilled, rehabilitative or palliative care as part of an interdisciplinary team. Essential Functions: o Provides skilled physical therapy services consistent w/ agency policy, state practice acts, & applicable state & federal regulations as directed by the patient's physician o Demonstrates professional behavior supporting regional & departmental policies, procedures goals & values o Activities include performing initial & ongoing assessments of patient rehab potential, functional needs & abilities, activity tolerance, mobility, safety in the home environment, equipment needs, compliance w/ physician ordered care (including medications), psychosocial status, need for community resources & Continuing Care Services o Actively seeks opportunity for continued professional growth & knowledge o Develops & implements an individualized care plan utilizing departmental & community resources in a cost-effective manner o Skilled plan of physical therapy care includes therapeutic exercises/activities, modalities, adaptive equipment based on patient assessment & understanding of treatment risks & benefits relevant to the patient's medical condition, rehabilitation potential & prognosis o Coordinates the delivery of physical therapy care w/ nursing, social work, aide & therapy to Kaiser Permanente & non-Kaiser Permanente providers which results in effective utilization of resources & the timely attainment of achievable rehabilitation &/or palliative care goals o Supervise physical therapy assistants through on-site evaluation of the provision of care, conferencing & review of their documentation according to State Practice Act & agency policy/procedure o Provide supervision of the home health aide plan of care w/in state/federal guidelines. o Participates in quality & performance improvement activities w/in the department including, but not limited to, measurement & continuous improvement of clinical competency, regulatory compliance, outcome achievement, resource management, work team performance, & customer satisfaction o Performs other duties as requested Qualifications Basic Qualifications:
• One year physical therapy experience
• Experience as an interdisciplinary team member
• Bachelor of Science in physical therapy or a certificate or master's degree in physical therapy
• Licensed in Oregon & Washington. Requires license in primary state (Oregon or Washington) prior to first day of employment. Application for licensure in secondary state must be made w/in six (6) weeks of start date. Licenses in both states required w/in six (6) months of hire
• Valid driver's license
• Basic Life Support CPR card for Health Care Provider. Valid card must be obtained prior to patient contact & w/in two weeks of hire
• Graduation from a physical therapy program approved by the American Physical Therapy Association or the Council on Medical Education & Hospitals of the American Medical Association in collaboration w/ the American Physical Therapy Association
• Able to adapt quality physical therapy & rehabilitation into a patient's home setting
• Must be able to safely assist patients w/ mobility & transfers in the home setting
• Demonstrates competency in the use of physical therapy modalities & equipment in the home care setting
• Demonstrates effective interpersonal communication
• Able to prioritize patient needs to achieve attainable treatment goals
• Thorough knowledge of teaching/learning principles
• Working knowledge of interdisciplinary care coordination
• Able to learn to operate a laptop computer to perform clinical documentation
• Keyboarding or typing skills. This position requires completion of a typing test Preferred Qualifications:
• Working knowledge of the managed care industry.
• Knowledge of Medicare regulations/requirements.
• Working knowledge of palliative care for the terminally ill patient.
• Knowledgeable of the care for the chronically ill & frail elderly.
• Excellent time management, problem solving & customer service skills.
• Excellent written & verbal communication skills.
• Able to work autonomously & manage their caseload.
• Operational knowledge of computerized clinical documentation & office application systems including the use of laptop/notebook computers. Salary Range: $32.49 - $51.01

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