Speech Therapist Per Visit

Employer
MedStar Health
Location
Calverton, MD
Posted
May 17, 2018
Closes
May 21, 2018
Industry
Healthcare
Hours
Full Time
Make a Positive Difference Speech-language pathologists at MedStar Health VNA help patients heal in the comfort of their own homes. They develop an individual treatment plan for each patient and then help patients/caregivers achieve improved functional and independence goals. At MedStar Health VNA, SLPs embrace autonomy and make individualized patient-centered decisions to promote optimal clinical care. Job Details: Provides initial and periodic assessments to determine the patient's habilitation/rehabilitation needs. Establishes an effective speech language pathology/dysphasia treatment plan in conjunction with the patient, his/her family/caregivers, the patient's physician and other members of the health care team. Modifies the plan as needed. Provides speech language pathology/dysphasia services. Performs procedures and modalities, such as associative language exercises, oral motor exercises, aural rehab, and thermal stimulation. Assesses patient environment and recommends adaptive equipment and/or home modifications that will maximize the patient's functional abilities and safety. Provides patient and/or caregiver education; trains patient and caregivers in aspects of care required after discharge. Arranges for the provision of specialized assessments and outpatient needs post discharge. Qualifications EDUCATION: Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. EXPERIENCE: 1 year clinical experience. LICENSE/CERT/REG: License to practice Speech-Language Pathology in the State of Maryland or Virginia, or Certificate of Competency by ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) if working in the District of Columbia Maryland, or any combination as required based on work location(s). CPR certification required. SKILLS: Good clinical skills. Verbal and written communication skills. Basic computer skills preferred. Primary Duties and Responsibilities Arranges for the provision of specialized assessments that can not be conducted in the home environment (eg, audiological testing, videofluroscopy studies), and plans adequately for discharge including referrals to appropriate community resources (eg, outpatient therapy, day care) able to meet the client needs after discharge. Communicates with supervisor as scheduled and needed regarding issues related to the delivery of rehab services and individual patient care. Contributes to the achievement of established goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards, and safety standards. Completes annual Code of Conduct, Compliance and other mandatory training. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations. Maintains effective working relationships with other departments and participates in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams. Participates in meetings and on committees and represents the department and agency in community outreach efforts. Enhances growth and development and enriches personal knowledge and skill through participation in educational programs and affiliations. Maintains ongoing communication with the patient's physician, health care team, and other individuals (eg insurance case managers, referring facility personnel) as needed regarding aspects of care and patient's status. Performs other duties as assigned. Provides an assessment, in conjunction with the health care team, of the patient's environment and recommending adaptive equipment and/or home modifications that will maximize the patient's functional abilities and safety. Assists in the attainment of those items that are reimbursable as durable medical equipment. Provides initial and periodic assessments to determine the patient's habilitation/rehabilitation needs. Establishes an effective speech language pathology/dysphasia treatment plan in conjunction with the patient, their family/caregiver, the patient's physician and other members of the health care team. Modifies the treatment plan as needed. Evaluation includes interview, observation, palpation, specialized assessments including but not limited to dysphasia assessment, oral motor exam, and receptive/ expressive language assessment. Such assessments require the use of tools (eg, sphygmomanometer, stethoscope) and the possession of sight and hearing senses or the use of prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately. Provides medical record entries according to agency standards, professional guidelines, and regulatory requirements for the reimbursement of speech language pathology services. Provides patient and/or caregiver education regarding the injury/disease process, functional limitations, and the purpose of treatment interventions, in addition to, training in aspects of care the patient/caregiver will need to manage after discharge. Provides speech language pathology/dysphasia services in accordance with the treatment plan, agency standards, and other professional and regulatory guidelines. Performs procedures and modalities, including but not limited to associative language exercises, oral motor exercises, aural rehab, and thermal stimulation. Supervises home health aides in aspects of patient care and related activities. About MedStar HealthMedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, DC, region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.

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