Speech Language Pathologist, Home Health
Position: Speech Language Pathologist
Reports to: Executive Director
As a Speech Language Pathologist, you will:
- Perform patient evaluations in accordance with agency policy and procedure. Selects appropriate diagnostic material to assess all aspects of patient care.
- Inform the physician of the results of the assessment and recommended clinical interventions and receives approval from physician prior to initiating care
- Develop and document appropriate treatment plans for patients including selecting appropriate intervention approaches, strategies, materials and establishing treatment priorities.
- Provide an organized and efficient patient treatment which includes advising, educating and counseling the patient.
- Present pertinent patient information to physicians and keeps team members informed of patient status and treatment plan.
- Provide appropriate treatment to patients according to patient needs and within the parameters set by the agency and payer.
- Determine appropriate goals, which are objective and measurable in nature in collaboration with team members and patients
- Meet agency productivity standards and uses work hours efficiently.
- Seek and accept assistance from team members in treatment planning and intervention.
- Complete assessment, and submit daily progress notes, discharge summaries and other required forms in a timely manner to prevent interruptions in patient care.
- Maintain patient documents that allow other therapists or assistants to effectively treat the patient.
- Attend and participate in agency meetings and committees as assigned.
- Communicate the benefits of therapy effectively to patient and family.
- Appropriately negotiate the patient participation in treatment, treatment times and treatment plan.
- Monitor patient response to therapy. Communicate concerns promptly to physician and/or supervisor.
- Document clearly patient/family ability to perform home exercise program.
- Utilize and direct support staff (assistants and CHHAs, CNAs) appropriately and in accordance with agency and regulatory guidelines.
- Schedule/follow the schedule for patient according to proper procedure and informs appropriate persons of scheduling changes.
- Use equipment and supplies in a proper and safe manner and notify supervisor of equipment maintenance issues and/or need for supplies.
- Return equipment and supplies following treatment.
- Promote professional growth by attending, presenting formal and informal educational experiences, in-services, conferences and seminars and/or reviewing professional literature.
- Monitor and complete required written co-signatures for assistants and support staff on an on-going basis.
- Communicate patient treatment plans, changes in physician’s orders and advancement of patient treatment techniques effectively to assistants and support staff.
- Follow-up and respond to memos, requests and voice mail in a timely manner.
- Participate in the student clinical education program and functions as clinical resource for students.
- Promote agency programs and activities within and outside of the agency.
- Adapt to environmental changes and is able to apply change to a growth, learning and development opportunity.
- Demonstrate a willingness to take on projects and other assignments.
- Maintain and meet agency and professional standards and practices according to the requirements of the accrediting and licensing agents.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Maintain compliance with Medicare regulations and completes functional re-assessments at the appropriate time points.
- Maintain effective communication with patients, caregivers, referral sources, as well as field and office staff.
- Comply with applicable legal requirements, standards, policies and procedures including but not limited to those within the Compliance Process, Code of Conduct, HIPAA, and Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA).
- Participate in required orientation, Compliance and HIPAA training programs.
- Report concerns and suspected incidences of non- compliance using the 4-Step Reporting Process.
- Cooperate with monitoring and audit functions and investigations.
- Participates, as requested, in process improvement responsibilities.
Requirements of Qualified Candidates:
- Graduation from a Master’s program in Speech Pathology
- Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC) from American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
- Current State licensure or completing a Required Professional Experience (RPE)
- Ability to function independently, to work effectively with and relate to patient’s family, personnel and outside agencies
- One year of experience required as a Speech Pathologist
- Must possess and maintain valid CPR certification while employed in a clinical role
- Sufficient endurance to perform tasks over long periods of work hours.
- Ability to travel to all business locations.