Description: The Speech Pathologist plans, directs, and delivers language-communication services to Agency patients in coordination with the Agency staff so the stated goal and objectives can be achieved.
1. Provides evaluation of patients with speech and communication disorders when referred by Agency staff and/or patients physician according to Agency policies. Develops and revises a plan of treatment/care in collaboration & consultation with the physician, IDG member, and healthcare team and revising it as appropriate. Consults and coordinates services with other disciplines and plans discharge, as appropriate.
2. Determines and recommends the best functional communication system for use by the patient in his/her unique activities of daily living and recommends inter and intra-agency referrals, documenting via the plan of treatment and the patient care plan. Provides treatment according to plan of care.
3. Ensures ongoing assessment, evaluation and documentation of patient's level of functioning and hearing in response to therapy.
4. Tests and recommends mechanisms, which focus on interventions as alternative methods of communication/speech and swallowing exercises to help with nutrition.
5. Plans, implements, and teaches patients and family members to provide for continuous rehabilitative and habilitative services for speech and communication disorders after the patient is discharged under Medicare and other insurance reimbursements guidelines. Prepares and maintains clinical records, via progress reports/notes, each visit and communicates twice daily. Collaborates with Director of Clinical Services to meet 85% productivity.
6. Assesses, reports, and records patients status, progress and changes in the client's needs to the physician, health care team and other appropriate personnel.
7. Ensures initial and ongoing assessments to identify the client's level of functioning and ability to communicate, including OASIS assessments at appropriate time points.
8. Educates, consults and teaches other agency personnel, family members, designated facilitators, and other organizational personnel in methods of assisting the patients according to a written plan of treatment
9. Evaluates the effectiveness and outcomes of care and identifies barriers to desired outcome. Set goals based on the needs of the patient/family.
10. Participates in continuing education programs to share and stimulate the health care team in speech therapy involvement, in team conferences for certification and recertification of plans of treatment. Maintains current healthcare information per McKesson.
11. Communicates daily with supervisor and/or communicates information to IDG members.
12. Assists with orientation of new staff as needed.
13. Attends appropriate number of in-service hours required.
14. Adheres to the Agencys personnel policies and Compliance Plan.
15. Willingly performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.
16. Displays a high degree of courtesy, tact, and knowledge of services provided by the agency in all contact with staff, patients, and visitors.
*CB Job Qualifications: Masters Degree in Speech Pathology.
Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Pathology or in CFY.
Speech Pathologist currently or temporarily licensed to practice speech pathology in North Carolina.
Maintain current CPR certification (BCLS).
Associated topics: cfy, language, language pathologist, slp, slpa, speech, speech and language pathologist, speech language, speech language pathologist, speech therapist