This contingent/temporary position is responsible for serving as a speech therapist and providing speech and language (SLP) services to patients in their homes. This position is responsible for assessing the SLP needs, including the physical, psychosocial, developmental, and environmental needs of patients and families. The Speech Language Pathologist provides home health services which meet all state, federal, accreditation, and payer regulations. The Speech Language Pathologist exercises independent judgment in day to day responsibilities, including the establishment of the plan of care and the provision of home health services.
- Ensures patients are eligible for home care services and meet all required program guidelines.
- Completes accurate comprehensive assessments, including OASIS dataset when applicable, to identify physical, psychosocial, developmental, and environmental needs of the patient.
- Educates the patient and family regarding home care services and assists them in independence with care.
- Develops and evaluates Speech Home Exercise Programs and teaches patients, families and home health aides to implement.
- Ensures that the care provided is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely and efficient. This approach achieves optimum value and desirable outcomes for all – the patients, their support systems, the providers and the payers.
- Facilitates the achievement of patient wellness and autonomy through advocacy, assessment, planning, communication, education, resource management and service facilitation.
- Secures and maintains complete physician orders within regulated time frames.
- Develops, updates, and maintains plan of care based on the initial and ongoing assessment of patient and family needs, meeting all regulatory time frames.
- Communicates and interacts with patients and families/caregivers in a positive, effective, and professional manner.
- Coordinates the plan of care with other associated staff: nursing, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, home health aides, dieticians, and medical social workers as applicable, and documents for inclusion in the medical record.
- Provides effective case management of assigned patients including the utilization of appropriate disciplines, achievement of quality metrics, cost-effective services and the appropriate use of medical supplies.
- Actively engages the patient and family by exhibiting respect and dignity, sharing information in a timely and unbiased manner, and welcoming and encouraging participation to achieve shared decision making.
- Collaborates with other members of the team, including the patient and family, to achieve the ideal patient care experience.
- Performs and submits timely documentation of speech therapy assessments, procedures, and interventions in the home according to the plan of care.
- Ensures that patients meet insurance requirements for home health services.
- Adheres to all UMHS and agency infection control and safety policies.
- Delivers speech therapy according to departmental and professional standards of care.
- Manages assigned patient caseload.
- Teaches and/or supervises family members and other caregivers in the care of the patient, seeking to encourage the maximum amount of independence with the care.
- Accountable for utilizing all technology and equipment (i.e., cellular phones, point of care devices, computers, etc.) according to department expectations and policies.
- Supervises and assigns Home Health Aides when applicable.
- Current licensure to practice as a Speech Language Pathologist in the State of Michigan
- Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC) by ASHA
- Current membership in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
- Two (2) or more years of acute /medical/surgical and/or home care speech therapy experience in the last 5 years.
- Ability to demonstrate excellent problem solving skills
- Ability to work independently in a multidisciplinary, fast-paced environment as demonstrated by interview, professional references and performance evaluations
- In-depth experience in patient education (i.e. self-care, home exercise programs, home safety and mobility)
- Demonstrated proficiency with computer skills, Microsoft Word, e-mail, and smart phones
- Excellent communication and customer service skills
- Ability to travel from point A to point B throughout the workday as assigned
- Home care experience as a Speech Therapist within the last two years
- Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology Certification in a home care related specialty
- Dysphagia assessment/treatment skills
- LSVT Certified
- Direct care experience with the pediatric population
- Direct care experience with patients with tracheostomies or vents
This job posting is for a University of Michigan Temporary position and can be filled at any time. Temporary employment may be full or part time, but in either case is limited in duration. Please review the full posting description for details.
Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.
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