Welcome To Beth Israel Lahey Health at Home. Our team provides high-quality home care and hospice services by partnering with physicians, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities to provide specialized care to patients in the comfort of their own home. Our team of nurses, therapists (physical, occupational, and speech), medical social workers, and home health aides work together to devise and implement a compassionate care plan that is expressly tailored for each patient.
About the Job
Position Summary: The occupational therapist plans, organizes, collaborates and directs home care services. They are experienced in occupational therapy, with emphasis on community health education/experience. The professional therapist builds from the resources of the community to plan and direct services to meet the needs of individuals and families within their homes and communities in accordance with home care regulations and payer guidelines.
1. All other clinical positions: Work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team for quality patient outcome.
2. Clinical Manager: Reports to – case conferences with on a weekly basis.
3. Office Support Staff: Work collaboratively to ensure accurate scheduling of pts visits, accurate insurance information, authorization and billing for services provided to pts.
On Call: Yes
Shift Rotation: Yes
Essential Duties & Responsibilities including but not limited to:
- Assumes responsibility to coordinate patient care for assigned caseload including but not limited to: appropriate delegation to COTA staff and supervision of care provided by COTA staff, patient condition change visits, and completion of OASIS time points. Accepts accountability for patient satisfaction scores and quality of care outcome measure results.
- Completes and documents an initial assessment of patient and family to determine home care needs. Provides a complete physical assessment and history of current and previous illness(es). Develops a patient specific plan of care, which establishes goals incorporating therapeutic, preventive, and rehabilitative actions. Includes the patient and the family in the planning process.
- Initiates the plan of care and makes necessary revisions as patient status and needs change.
- Initiates appropriate preventive and rehabilitative therapy procedures. Administers medications and treatments as prescribed by the physician.
- Counsels the patient and family in meeting therapy and related needs.
- Respects and supports patient and family’s cultural beliefs and values, individual needs, health goals and treatment preferences.
- Provides health care instructions to the patient as appropriate per assessment and plan of care.
- Instructs, supervises and evaluates home health aide care provided every two (2) weeks as necessary.
- Manages episode of care or coordination of care in accordance with evolving occupational therapy needs and continued eligibility for services.
- Identifies discharge planning needs as part of the care plan development and implements prior to discharge of the patient.
- Communicates with the physician regarding the patient’s needs and reports any changes in the patient’s condition; obtains/receives physician’s orders as required.
- Attends regular case conferences and team meetings per Clinical Manager and as needed.
- Communicates with team COTA when delegating appropriate visits.
- Communicates with other team disciplines and community providers to coordinate the care plan (i.e. insurance case managers, high risk case managers, elder services, protective service, etc).
- Practices confidentiality principles set by the agency and federal HIPAA guidelines.
- Demonstrates proficiency in OASIS completion
- Clinical visit notes explain the need for the skilled occupational therapy service in light of the patient’s overall medical condition and experiences; the complexity of the services performed and the plan for the next visit based on the rationale of prior results.
- Completes documentation in accordance with agency timeliness policies.
- Maintains and updates clinical knowledge and skills based on current occupational therapy practice.
- Adheres to departmental requirements for required training.
- Identifies specific learning needs and goals and collaborates with leadership in developing a plan to meet them.
- Participates in the weekend/holiday rotation as defined by Lahey Health at Home.
- Ensures that arrangements for equipment and other necessary items and services are available.
- Participates in in-service programs and supervises, teaches and precepts other occupational therapy and CHHA personnel per Clinical Manager.
- Maintain strict adherence to the Continuing Care Confidentiality policy.
- Incorporate Continuing Care Standards of Behavior and Guiding Principles into daily activities.
- Comply with all Continuing Care Policies.
- Comply with behavioral expectations of the Continuing Care Division.
- Maintain courteous and effective interactions with colleagues and patients.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the job description, performance expectations, and competency assessment.
- Demonstrate a commitment toward meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers and consistently adheres to Customer Service standards.
- Participate in departmental and/or interdepartmental quality improvement activities.
- Participate in and successfully completes Mandatory Education.
- Perform all other duties as needed or directed to meet the needs of the department.
- Graduate of an accredited program in Occupational Therapy.
Licensure, Certification & Registration:
- Occupational Therapist with current licensure to practice therapy in the state of Massachusetts.
- Has an active American Health Association BLS. If no American Heart Association BLS the employee must complete an annual BILHAH BLS Competency. No other forms of BLS will be accepted.
- Minimum of 2 years occupational therapy clinical experience, at least one of which is in the area of public health or home care is preferred.
- OASIS experience is preferred.
Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:
- Demonstrates excellent observation and problem solving/critical thinking skills.
- Well-developed verbal and written communication skills; essential computer skills to work with EMR.
- Must be a licensed driver with an automobile that is insured in accordance with state or organization requirements and is in good working order.
- Self-directed and able to work with minimal supervision
- Shows strong ability to organize and prioritize workload independently.
Physical Requirements & Environment:
Mental and Visual Attention
- The position requires a high degree of mental and visual concentration.
- Nature of work requires lifting or moving medium weight (over 20 and up to 75 pounds).
- Flow of work and nature of duties require high manual coordination.
- Range of Motion
- Responsibilities require high range of motion.
- Physical Conditions
- Performance of duties allows for variation in positioning and tasks.
- Repetitive Motion
- Responsibilities require frequent repetitive motion.
- Working conditions include continuous exposure to elements such as odor, noise, dust, chemicals, temperature extremes or airborne pathogens.
Exposure to Hazardous Materials
- Performance of duties frequently involves exposure to hazardous materials. (Biohazardous)
Patient Care Conditions
- Responsibilities entail exposure to blood and body fluids; standard precautions must be used.
- Responsibilities include transporting, transfer and positioning of patients.
- Incumbent must be continuously prepared to prevent a patient fall.
- Performance of duties requires the ability to discern and identify colors.
- Performance of duties requires the ability to discern sharp from dull and hot from cold.
- Performance of duties requires the ability to hear soft and loud noises.
The Lahey Model of Care—right care, right time, right place—is exactly what patients, providers and payers need and deserve. Identifying and delivering on this convergence of interests has positioned Lahey Health for further growth. Our model ensures care is highly coordinated and locally delivered, with lower costs and exceptional quality.
Lahey Health is a robust, regional system including a teaching hospital, community hospitals, primary care providers, specialists, behavioral and home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. The system has a global presence with programs in Canada, Jordan and Bermuda.
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