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Excellent individual/family benefits
Generous paid time off
Flexible spending accounts
403(b) retirement plan
The Occupational Therapist is responsible for the evaluation, planning, implementation, treatment and documentation of patient status for home care patients. Responsible to supervise Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA) and cosign their documentation when required. Supports organizations mission to provide the highest quality care by complying with regulatory guidelines, meeting agency standards, and obtaining appropriate certification.
JOB DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Provides skilled occupational therapy in accordance with the authorized practitioner's plan of care.
2. Treats the patient through the use of therapeutic activities designed to restore function and self-care activities for the purpose of improving function. Demonstrates and teaches alternate techniques to complete activities of daily living, proper transfers, positioning and all other OT functions as stated in their practice act.
3. Accepts only patients referred by the Team Supervisor, Case Placement Coordinator or designee.
4. Demonstrates competency in skills required by the agency on at least an annual basis at the time of field evaluation.
5. Evaluates and assesses the patient's level of function by applying diagnostic and prognostic procedures and tests and assists in the development and revision of the plan of care. Assesses the patient's continual care needs. Ensures that the plan of care addresses all problems identified in the assessment or documents rationale for not doing so
6. Identifies specific DME/orthotic needs of patient and refers to appropriate vendor.
7. Observes, records and reports the patient's reaction to treatment and any changes in the patient's condition to the RN or RN Coordinator or Team Supervisor. Reports routinely every 30 days to RN, RN Coordinator or Team Supervisor. Requests referrals for other disciplines as indicated by the needs of the patient or documents rationale for not doing so.
8. Teaches, supervises and counsels the patient, family and other health care team members regarding home rehabilitation procedures, including the home exercise program, and other care needs as appropriate to the patient's condition.
9. Evaluates home safety and coordinates with team members to address issues identified.
10. Coordinates the total plan of care and maintains continuity of patient care by liaising with other health professionals assigned to the same patients.
11. Attends patient care conferences. Initiates patient care conferences for complex and/or multi-disciplinary patients whenever needed to ensure good coordination of care.
12. Develops, prepares and maintains individualized patient care progress records with accuracy, timeliness and according to policies.
13. Submits all visit notes every week or sooner. Submits 60day, D/C summaries and/or quarterly reports as required by the individual program and department.
14. Co-signs all medical record documentation for the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in the EMR in a timely manner.
15. Provides clinical supervision to COTA as per regulation.
16. Provides educational clinical support to the COTA to ensure safe effective treatment of patients.
17. Utilizes agency educational material as appropriate.
18. Meets weekly productivity standards and demonstrates flexibility in scheduling patients as required by department.
19. Cooperates with appropriate staff to provide staff education when requested and arranged by the Team Supervisor.
20. Attends meetings and serves on a variety of patient care and strategic planning committees as assigned by the Team Supervisor or Associate Directors.
21. Participates in the agency's quality improvement program.
22. Attends all staff meetings as required.
Formal education required:
Registered by the American Occupational Therapy Association or successfully completed the educational requirements of occupational therapy.
Licensed in the state as an Occupational Therapist.
Previous experience required:
Minimum of one year of pediatric occupational therapy experience and/or pediatric affiliation.
St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer