Gathers and assures confidentiality of information necessary to properly evaluate and treat referred patients. Performs complete initial Physical Therapy evaluation on patients referred by Physiatrist or departmental protocol. Develops and implements treatment plans and programs for patients based on diagnostic and prognostic neuro-musclar assessment. Provides information to the medical staff and other health personnel, which may cause required modifications of treatment prescriptions and/or plans and goals. Participates in departmental patient care conferences. Administers and monitors a variety of modalities of treatment (i.e. whirlpools, diathermies, hydro-collators, ultrasound, manual and electrical muscle and nerve testing and stimulation). Presents patients with recommendations for equipment and/or assertive devices; and instructs patients/families in the use and maintenance of adaptive appliances. Coordinates home programs and referrals for community services through social services and/or the Manager of Physical Therapy. Maintains appropriate records on all patients, noting prescription of therapy, patient problems, patients reactions to treatment, treatment plans goals and other necessary observation relative to the treatment process. Presents progress reports to senior and/or supervisory therapist for review and charting. Reports patient progress in divisional staff meeting, patient rounds and specialty rounds. Obtains supplementary information to be used to modify treatment and/or make referrals to other appropriate disciplines. Participates in quality assessment programs/activities and in-service continuing education programs. Assures neatness, orderliness and safety of patient and staff in the therapeutic environment. Provides guidance to less experienced therapists, assistants, aides and volunteers and where practical, delegates portions of treatment programs. Participates in community educational activities or service programs regarding issues of Physical Therapy as required. Promote adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics, and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct. Attend annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training, including HIPAA Privacy training. Participate in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements. Actively participate in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities. Adhere to the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) and the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures. Maintain confidentiality of patients, families and staff. Perform other job-related duties as assigned. MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree in Physical therapy from an institution accredited to the Committee on Accreditation in Education, American Physical Therapy Association. Completion of a clinical internship in Physical Therapy. Must be eligible for the District of Columbia Licensing examination and registration or reciprocity from another state. Knowledge of Clinical and Fiscal Data Collection and reporting. Ability to establish treatment priorities and exercises independent and ethical judgement in execution of therapeutic programs and plans of care. Ability to empathetically test patients with a variety of maladies. Ability to adapt standard Physical Therapy techniques to needs of special populations. Must possess good physical and mental health and the manual dexterity for performing standard Physical Therapy procedures and handling equipment. Special expertise in management of a specialized type of disability e.g. cardiovascular, neurological, etc. is desirable. Competence in both oral and written English. Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relations with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials and the general public.
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