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UnityPoint Health Physical Therapist-Home Care in Dubuque, Iowa

Work hours will vary Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, for 80 hours per pay period, and as needed. You will be required to flex to other shifts as needed. There is a holiday and a weekend rotation.

The Physical Therapist (PT) uses clinical expertise, physical assessment, teaching and skilled therapy interventions to deliver high quality patient care in the patient’s place of residence. The PT develops or contributes to the development of the home health plan of care under the direction of the physician and facilitates appropriate interdisciplinary involvement to ensure the best outcome for each patient. The PT delivers therapy intervention and treatment directed by the physician as established in the home health plan of care that is consistent with clinical best practices and results in high quality, improved outcomes and exceptional patient experience.

Patient Care/Care Coordination

  • Makes visits to the homes of patients requiring home health physical therapy services and assumes responsibility for an ongoing interdisciplinary assessment of the patient.

  • Performs initial and comprehensive assessments on all patients in accordance with agency policies and procedures.

  • Evaluates and assesses the patient’s level of functioning by applying appropriate tests.

  • Treats clients to relieve pain, develop and restore function and maintain maximum performance using appropriate physical therapy treatments, modalities and procedures as stated in the physical therapy plan of care.

  • Initiates diagnostic, preventative and rehabilitative procedures as appropriate to the patient’s care delivery

  • Ensures quality and safe delivery of services to patients according to the care plan. Uses equipment and supplies safely, effectively, and efficiently.

  • Provides the services that are ordered by the physician as indicated in the plan of care and notifies physician of any changes in patient’s condition.

  • Provides patient, caregiver and family counseling and education as indicated in the plan of care. Provides patient and family education using UnityPoint approved patient teaching materials only.

  • Develops and updates patient’s discharge plan on every visit ensuring patient and caregiver education and training is facilitating timely discharge and measureable goals and outcomes are attainable, realistic and up-to-date.

  • Includes the patient, representative and caregiver (as appropriate) in all plan of care decisions.

  • Assesses the need for plan of care updates and every visit and includes the patient and family in care planning decisions and communicates care plan revisions to the patient, representative, caregiver and all physicians issuing orders for the home health plan of care.

  • Maintains accurate and timely documentation of clinical records and time/travel entries.

  • Receives, relays and documents verbal orders in accordance with state and federal regulations and in a timely manner to prevent adverse patient outcomes.

  • Communicates with all physicians involved in the plan of care and other health care practitioners related to the current plan of care.

  • Identifies patient’s risks for hospitalization and/or emergency department use and proactively intervenes to prevent adverse events.

  • Supervises home health aide and physical therapy assistant staff and documents supervision in the patient medical record.

Home Care Performance Criteria

  • Delivers quality care and completes clear, concise and accurate clinical documentation of care provision in accordance with home health conditions of participation (CoPs), various payer home health coverage criteria, accreditation standards, professional standards for discipline/credential and the home health plan of care.

  • Participates in clinical review of records to monitor quality and accuracy, appropriate utilization, appropriate involvement of interdisciplinary team members, appropriate referrals and coordination of care.

  • Participates in peer review and other quality assurance activities, as assigned.

  • Uses appropriate infection control procedures and safety measure to protect employees and patients.

  • Participates in case conferences, in-service programs and other meetings required to ensure coordinated and comprehensive care.

  • Reviews all patient assignments prior to scheduling first visit and accepts patient assignments only for which qualified and competent in any specific care/technical skill/procedure needed.

  • Participates as a member of the interdisciplinary team.

  • Participates in quality assurance/performance improvement (QAPI) activities, as assigned.

  • Maintains professional knowledge for discipline/credential/license ensuring inclusion of content specific to home and community-based care.

  • Communicates professionally, effectively and timely to all team members and co-workers and responds to all communication in a timely manner including, but not limited to e-mails, phone communication and meeting follow-up responsibilities.

  • Establishes and maintains positive interpersonal relationships with team members, patients and family members while maintain personal and professional boundaries.

  • Assists with new employee orientation when necessary.

  • Effectively plans, organizes, sets priorities and completes works assignments with minimum direct supervision per agency policy and within established time frames.

  • Maintains productivity standards as defined by home care supervisor.

  • Meets or exceeds agency expected outcomes related to patient experience and hospitalization utilization.

  • Performs other duties as assigned by home care clinical supervisor and/or administrator.

  • Must be a graduate of a Physical Therapist education program.

  • Must hold an active Iowa Physical Therapist licensure.

  • Previous Physical Therapy experience is preferred, but not required.

Requisition ID: 2021-92840

Street: 1333 Delhi St

Name: 2020 UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital

Name: SN Visits- Home Care

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 1.0

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, for 80 hours per pay period. There is a holiday and weekend rotation.

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