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Physical Therapist - Atrium Health at Home Charlotte

Charlotte, NC, United States
Job ID: 43669
Job Family: Rehabilitative Services
Status: Full Time
Shift: Day
Shift Details: Regular
Department Name: 42011008337707-Physical Therapy
Location: APC - 5040 Airport Center Pkwy


Job Summary
The Physical Therapist is responsible for an assigned group of patients, typically geographically related and accountable for the oversight and overall management of the physical therapy services in the home setting. The physical therapist provides direct patient care and supervision of LPTAs in accordance with an established plan of care to address the patient needs, individual goals and physician ordered services. Responsible for care coordination with the assigned multi-disciplinary team and acts as the assigned patient's liaison with other related healthcare providers in the continuum of care. Ensures appropriate, qualified and timely patient care and documentation inorder to meet patient needs and agency financial, operational, and quality goals. Directs, supervises, evaluates and provides physical therapy services, ordered by a physician, to patients on an intermittent basis in the home. Plans and conducts PT programs to restore function, prevent disability, and help patients reach their maximum level of independence. May act as a case manager providing management of post-acute services in the home setting including supervision of home health aides.

A licensed physical therapist’s practice is guided by the Physical Therapy Practice Act

Essential Functions
• Responsible for the daily management of an assigned patient caseload, ensuring timely care and documentation to meet the patent needs/services as prescribed in the established plan of care and per MD orders
• Collects data pertinent to the healthcare consumer’s health or the situation from patient assessments in the home setting, telephonic contacts and/or related EMR information available.
• Analyzes the data to determine the issues and available resources to seek effective resolution. Identifies patients at high risk for re-hospitalization, falls and/or high utilization of resources that require additional intervention and case conferencing to ensure appropriate care and frequency of services mitigates risk and ensure high quality outcomes
• Prioritizes multi-issue, situations appropriate to the criticality of patient health and welfare, patient/staff safety and impact to effective, timely services
• Identifies barriers to situation/complaint resolution (i.e. language, literacy, psychological, etc) and follows-up with the appropriate resources or leadership to address timely and effectively
• Evaluates the PT patient to determine the rehabilitation needs, potential for achievement, and develops a plan of care in conjunction with the patient's physician.
• Establishes and implements plan of care, performs PT services certified by the patient's physician, and directs the care coordination of a multidisciplinary clinical team approach, supervision of LPTAs and/or HHAs involved in the care of the assigned patient caseload to promote health and safe outcomes.
• Observes, records, and reports to the physician any reaction to treatment and/or any changes in the patient's condition.
• Maintains communication with multidisciplinary team providing updates and changes in schedules, patient data or needs, and physician orders.
• Incorporates short and long-term goals established in the plan of care into therapy, as evidenced by documentation in visit notes, monthly progress notes, and discharge summaries.
• Supports effective communication and collaboration with the physician oversight, and branch supervision to ensure timely feedback regarding patients’ condition and/or need for changes in the plan of care
• Will provide clear, timely and complete documentation as required by policy and practice standards
• Adhere to productivity standards as set by the agency
• Remains and performs ordered treatments, therapies, and/or procedures in accordance with State Physical Therapy Practice Act and Home Health Conditions of Participation, JCAHO, Medicare Guidelines, OASIS and agency policy and procedures
• With minimal supervision, delegates elements of care to appropriate healthcare workers in accordance with any applicable legal or policy parameters or principles.
• Promotes shared governance and decision making activities, developing and nurturing research to positively affect clinical outcomes and promotion.
• Attains knowledge and competence that reflects current physical therapy practice.
• Integrates evidence and research findings into practice.
• Contributes to quality of physical therapy practice.
• Communicates effectively in a variety of formats in all areas of practice.
• Demonstrates leadership in the professional practice setting and the profession.
• Collaborates with healthcare consumer, family, and others in the conduct of physical therapy practice.
• Evaluates his/her own physical therapy practice in relation to professional practice standards and guidelines, relevant statutes, rules and regulations.
• Utilizes appropriate resources to plan and provide physical therapy services that are safe, effective, and financially responsible.

Physical Requirements
Work requires walking, standing, sitting, lifting, reaching, stooping, bending, pushing, and pulling. Must be able to lift and support the weight of 50 pounds in handling patients, medical equipment, and supplies. Ability to travel extensively during all seasons to assigned patients place of residence. Works in a variety of home environments and conditions. Must speak English in good, understandable terms. Intact sense of sight, hearing, smell, touch. Finger dexterity. Critical thinking and ability to concentrate. Must be able to respond quickly to changes in patient and/or unit conditions. Ability to work flexible schedule to meet patients' needs. Personal Protective Equipment such as gloves, goggles, gowns, and masks are sometimes required due to possible exposure to hazardous chemicals or blood and body fluids.

Education, Experience and Certifications
Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy required. Current state license showing registration as a licensed PT required. Must maintain current state driver’s license and auto insurance at all times. Personal vehicles must be well maintained and in safe driving condition. 1-year experience as a licensed PT in a clinical care setting or home health preferred. Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider (BLS HCP) from AHA required.
Additional qualifications for staff providing services to special patient populations:

• Pediatrics – 1-year pediatric experience within the past 5 years preferred OR education and training may be provided by [email protected]

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