Hartford HealthCare at Home
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DescriptionJob Schedule: Per Diem
Work where every moment matters.
Every day, over 30,000 Hartford HealthCare colleagues come to work with one thing in common: Pride in what we do, knowing every moment matters here. We invite you to become part of Connecticut’s most comprehensive healthcare network as a Speech & Language Pathologist.
Hartford HealthCare at Home, the largest provider of homecare services in Connecticut, has been fulfilling our mission for more than 115 years. Our Person-Centered Care Model allows our employees to learn and grow within our organization, all while providing integrated support to the patient. As part of Hartford HealthCare, we leverage cutting edge technology to provide quality care in our client’s home. Most importantly, our employees are appreciated for the real differences they make in both the lives of their clients and their clients’ families.
Responsible for evaluating patients’ speech, language and/or hearing disorders and develops appropriate care plan under direction of M.D. Implements and coordinates patient care with other Agency personnel and community resources. Delegates appropriate patient care responsibilities and supervises performance of Home Health Aides. Responsible for accurate, timely, and proficient clinical and reimbursement documentation.
• Manages a patient caseload on a daily basis.
• Evaluates the existence, nature, and severity of speech, language and/or hearing disorders and develops appropriate care plan under the direction of a M.D. and in collaboration with the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team, when applicable.
• Implements plan of care to provide safe, efficient quality care to patients on a daily basis.
• Implements plan of care for hospice patients with appropriate end-of-life goals, with an emphasis on patient safety and patient/caregiver education.
Evaluates care plan on an on-going basis, revising as necessary in accordance with patient’s care needs.
• Coordinates patient care with other Agency personnel and community resources i.e. Community Health Nurse, Hospice Nurse, other therapists, social workers, Home Health Aide services, physicians, etc., in an appropriate and timely manner. Initiates and participates in case conferences and Hospice Interdisciplinary Team meeting as appropriate.
• Organizes and prioritizes caseload needs on a daily basis to ensure that patient care needs, and Agency productivity standards are met.
• Keeps Rehab Coordinator informed in a timely manner regarding weekly caseload and/or patient problems so that patient care and staffing needs are consistently met.
• Demonstrate an understanding of after hour procedures, and educate patients to on-call/after hours coverage.
• Prepares and keeps legible records current, on a daily basis, providing all written information regarding service record, visit and non-visit time, statistical sheets and reports to physicians and other personnel, according to expected time frames
• Develops written patient care goals and expected outcomes according to individualized patient care plans, accurately reflecting interventions, in collaboration with Health Care Team or Hospice Interdisciplinary Team on an on-going basis.
• Updates and submits written physician orders accurately, in a timely manner according to established timeframes.
• Collects and documents necessary financial and reimbursement information for each patient and provides verbal and written communication as required, to Agency personnel and other reimbursement sources.
• Obtains prior authorization for services when indicated by calling payers and requesting and/or providing verbal or written confirmation, in a timely manner within respective established time frames.
• Teaches and demonstrates for the Home Health Aide with regard to specific patient care responsibilities i.e. transfers, ambulating, exercise programs, etc taking into account patient complexity and Home Health Aide ability.
• Teaches, demonstrates, orients, and supervises, Home Health Aides, patient/ family members and other appropriate caregivers in the care of the patient.
Education & Training: Master’s Degree from an accredited Speech Pathology program.
License/Certification: Current Connecticut license to practice Speech Pathology.
Experience: One (1) years’ experience in a health care setting. Home Health Care experience preferred.
• Knowledge of principles and practices of Speech Pathology.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Strong organizational skills.
• Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to effectively interact with patients, families, physicians and co-workers.
• Ability to deal effectively with stress and to exercise independent judgment.
Valid motor vehicle operator’s license, reliable personal automobile during business hours, and active automobile insurance coverage in accordance with Agency policy.
We take great care of careers.
With locations around the state, Hartford HealthCare offers exciting opportunities for career development and growth. Here, you are part of an organization on the cutting edge – helping to bring new technologies, breakthrough treatments and community education to countless men, women and children. We know that a thriving organization starts with thriving employees-- we provide a competitive benefits program designed to ensure work/life balance. Every moment matters. And this is your moment.