KANA's Physical Therapist provides physical therapy evaluation, testing, assessment, documentation, and appropriate treatment of patients with primarily orthopedic/musculoskeletal complaints or problems. Plan and administer treatment to restore patient's function, alleviate pain, and prevent disability. Communicate with patients in remote villages via video teleconferencing (VTC) or in person to evaluate and treat as appropriate.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties are not intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by this position. Other duties as assigned.
- Support the organization’s mission and goals, quality standards, and patient-centered medical home philosophy. Embrace KANA’s culture of serving the whole person through our provision of services. Incorporate KANA’s core values of Courtesy, Caring, Respect, Sharing, and Pride in all activities and decisions.
- Uphold KANA’s Code of Ethics by conducting professional activities with honesty, integrity, respect, fairness, and good faith in a manner that reflects positively upon the organization.
- Participate in the development and management of KANA’s Physical Therapy program, with a focus on continued quality improvement and patient access.
- Administer appropriate physical therapy treatment in an outpatient setting, consistent with the highest recognized quality standards and within the physical therapy scope of practice.
- Meet the patient's goals and needs and provide quality care by assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results; and by collaborating with the patient's medical team to optimize care and outcomes.
- Support the patient in completing the treatment plan and accepting therapeutic devices by instructing, encouraging, and assisting the patient, understanding the impact of social determinants of health on the execution of a treatment plan, and enlisting the assistance of caregivers and other social support as needed.
- Evaluate effects of physical therapy treatment and fit of prosthetic and orthotic devices by observing, noting, and evaluating patient's progress and recommending adjustments and modifications as appropriate.
- Assure continuation of therapeutic plan by designing home exercise programs; instructing patients, families, and caregivers in home exercise programs and recommending and/or providing assistive equipment.
- Participate as an integral member of the health division in the provision of healthcare services by collaborating with other health professionals to provide the patient complete and comprehensive care.
- Communicate effectively with patients, colleagues, management, and other KANA staff. Practice meaningful customer service skills addressing patient and staff needs courteously and promptly. Promote and maintain professional staff relationships.
- Represent KANA in a positive and respectful manner assisting in the promotion and maintenance of good public relations among staff, community groups, and professional organizations.
- Accurately document patient care services by charting in patient electronic health records. Promptly provide coding, billing, or other financial information to KANA billing and finance staff.
- Maintain patient confidence and follow all policies and procedures related to the HIPAA privacy law and patient confidentiality.
- Travel by small aircraft to provide itinerant services to the resident population within the Kodiak Island villages.
- Participate in all OSHA, HIPAA, and other regulatory compliance training as directed or required.
- Participate in community events to address health/wellness/prevention topics in collaboration with other KANA programs and/or Kodiak community partners as requested.
- Provide staff in-servicing or training related to physical therapy topics as requested.
- Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
- Comply with national and state physical therapy practice standards by staying informed of existing and new legislation and advising management on needed actions.
Therapist will be responsible for the supervision of physical therapist assistant (PTA), complying with the current Alaska Board of Physical Therapy Statues and Regulations.
Graduate of a school of physical therapy approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). One year of experience preferred. Familiarity with telehealth preferred. Current Alaska Physical Therapist licensure and Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. Ability to travel to remote communities by small plane. To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Database software; Internet software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software. Must have the computer skills needed to access and document in computerized medical records.
Please apply via our website at www://kodiakhealthcare.org/careers in order to be considered.