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Occupational Therapist

Company: Vaya Health
Location: Burlington
Posted on: March 16, 2023

Job Description:

LOCATION: Position is eligible for remote work, however incumbent must be located in or near Vaya's catchment area
SALARY: Depending on qualifications & experience of candidate. This position is exempt and is not eligible for overtime compensation.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB:Performs occupational therapy assessments and provides support for adult members that are medically fragile or have significant chronic health conditions, have a mental health, substance use or co-occurring disorder who are transitioning out of Adult Care Homes (ACH) into the community. Individuals served may also have a co-occurring intellectual or developmental disability. This position will work collaboratively with other Vaya staff, behavioral health providers, Primary Care Physicians, specialty care providers and other community partners and stakeholders to support members in their home communities. Work is performed under the supervision of the Transition and Housing Nurse Supervisor.The role can involve a range of scenarios which require a wide array of potential responses including micro and macro level interventions. These may include, but are not limited to assessment, care monitoring, and care planning, patient and family education, medication reconciliation, researching, linking, reviewing documentation, phone communication, attendance at treatment team meetings, and consultation. The OT on this team will have regular visits with patients in ACHs and with patients living in the community. The OT may, assess health literacy, provide patient and family education, facilitate clinical rounds, partner with ACTT RN, EMS, or other medical providers on routine patient home visits, be a consultative resource for other Vaya team members. Note: This position requires access to and use of confidential healthcare information or protected health information (PHI) as described in laws addressing patient confidentiality, including, but not limited to, the federal HIPAA law, the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Patient Records law, 42 CFR Part 2, and various state laws. As such, the individual filling this position shall be required to be trained regarding such laws and shall be required to observe those laws in his/her capacity as an employee of Vaya Health. The individual filling this position shall also sign a confidentiality statement as an employee of Vaya Health.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:Assessment, Coordination, Care Plan Development and Safety Oversight* Proactively ensures individuals identified as transitioning out of ACHs and/or Special Needs enrollee receive OT Assessment and are linked to a Behavioral Health Clinical Home and a Medical Home* Review patients' medical history, ask the patients questions, and observe them doing tasks, evaluating a patient's condition and needs* Develop a treatment plan for patients, identifying specific goals and the types of activities that will be used to help the patient work toward those goals* Evaluate a patient's home or workplace and, based on the patient's health needs, identify potential improvements* Educate a patient's family and employer on how to accommodate and care for the patient* Recommend special equipment, such as wheelchairs and eating aids, and instruct patients on how to use that equipment* Assess and record patients' activities and progress for patient evaluations, for billing, and for reporting to physicians and other healthcare providers* Coordinate community service planning and attend care team meetings. * Ensure service needs are addressed and coordinate the collection, entry, maintenance, analysis and reporting of data associated with psychiatric and medical treatment.* Assist in development of participant care plan * Appropriately escalates high risk scenarios to appropriate leadership. High risk can involve Health & Safety of an individuals served, staff or organizational risk* Provides Medication Reconciliation * Uses data, assessment, chart review and supervision to measure results of interventions and treatment, including reduction in high-risk events* Ensures that services for the individual are coordinated across the Vaya Health system and with other healthcare and social determinant systems* Understand the role of and collaborate with Transition and Housing teams, Acute Response team, Hospital Emergency Department, or Inpatient Discharge planning teams, participate in developing transition plans, educating staff and members regarding network services and supports with consideration of medical necessity, funding eligibility and appropriateness of recommendations relative to person centered, recovery principles and known best/appropriate practice.Collaboration* Develop relationships with community stakeholders to streamline service provision to members and efficient use of professional resources.* Partner with primary care providers, specialty care providers, behavioral health providers, home health care and personal care providers, as well as other stakeholders.* Proactively works with team to identify gaps in services and intervenes to ensure that the individuals and specialty populations receive appropriate care* Provides support to team addressing barriers to care for members through convening key providers and others to address needs of the individual or populations at the individual or system levelDocumentation* Timely and complete documentation regarding member specific interactions is required. Staff Education* Vaya staff resource and provide training related to medical and MHDDSU.
QUALIFICATIONS & EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:A Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy is required with two years of rehabilitation and/or occupational therapy work experience preferred
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:This position must have the ability to establish appropriate and respectful relationships/partnerships with organizational personnel. Ability to work with a multidisciplinary team approach. Ability to assume a helping role and to intervene appropriately to meet the needs of providers, consumers or families served. Works within the established ethical guidelines developed for the profession.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL & ABILITIES:* Ability to be a liaison with community hospitals and work with ACTT RNs, EMS, and other medical teams on development of partnership for non-emergent patient care and patient education. * Timely and complete documentation regarding member specific interactions is required. * Effective care coordination requires a detailed knowledge of the state plan, service availability, service definitions, network providers, community resources, mainstream and alternative funding sources. * Requires clinical knowledge, awareness of community resources, strong communication skills, effective problem-solving abilities, and an ability to apply these skill sets across diverse and complex situations.* Ability to be flexible and creative when determining the treatment plans and adaptive devices that best suit each patient's needs.* Clear communication with the patient's medical team, clearly explain the treatment plan for the patient and any progress.* Compassion and sensitive to a patient's needs and concerns, especially when assisting the patient with personal activities.* Interpersonal skills and ability earn the trust and respect of those patients and their families.* Exhibit patience to provide quality care to the people they serve.* Strong drive for improving and working on professional development* Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral* Ability to work independently and as a team member
LICENSURE/CERTIFICATIONS:Must be licensed as an Occupational Therapist in the State of North Carolina.
Masters from an Accredited college and have National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy.
LOCATION REQUIREMENT:In accordance with the BH and I/DD Tailored Plan requirements mandated by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, certain Vaya Health positions are required to be filled by individuals who reside in North Carolina, meaning someone who establishes a legal domicile in North Carolina and pays income tax in North Carolina, or resides within 40 miles of the North Carolina border. New hires from outside of North Carolina will have 60 days from the date of hire to meet this requirement, if applicable to the position.This position is required to reside in North Carolina or within 40 miles of the North Carolina Boarder.
APPLY: Vaya Health accepts online applications in our Career Center, please visit http://www.vayahealth.com/careers-overview/ Ind.001
Vaya Health is an equal opportunity employer.

Keywords: Vaya Health, Burlington , Occupational Therapist, Healthcare , Burlington, North Carolina

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