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Beaumont Health System Physical Therapist in Berkley, Michigan

GENERAL SUMMARY:Physical therapists (PTs) are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care and patient education. The staff physical therapist is an independent health care professional who is responsible to evaluate referred patients, establish patient specific goals and develop and execute treatment plans promoting patient participation. The staff physical therapist utilizes a full range of treatment interventions and modalities to promote each patient's ability to move, reduce pain, restore the highest possible functional level and prevent disability. The staff physical therapist also participates in performance improvement and educational activities that promote the growth and development of the department and profession.ESSENTIAL DUTIES:1. Provide initial evaluations and re-evaluations of the patient's physical ability and any underlying impairments that affect the patient's function and quality of life consistent with physician referral or direct access.2. Perform evaluations consisting of a review of the patient's medical, surgical and social history and test results. Interpretation of appropriate functional tests and measurements which may include: range of motion, joint mobility, muscle strength, flexibility, sensoryerceptual deficits, coordination, functional mobility, pain scales, and social needs is included. Objective tests can be complex and may need to be adapted because of multiple physical disabilities or other medical comorbidities.3. Create customized plans of care that coordinate therapist and patient and family directed goals to obtain achievable outcomes for prevention, intervention and sustainable wellness over the patient's lifespan.4. Implement and progress evidence-based therapy interventions consistent with established and modified goals and plans of care according to the patient's response to treatment. Utilizes and supervises physical therapist assistant and technical aide support as appropriate.5. Develop and coordinate an integrated discharge plan that includes recommendations specific to the patient's needs with other healthcare providers.6. Consulting with peers regarding patient care is appropriate and supported. Formal or informal mentoring is required of more experienced and specialty therapists.7. Maintains educational requirements by providing and attending in-services and staff meetings on a regular basis. Other educational responsibilities include assistance with orientation of new therapy staff, functioning as a Clinical Instructor with students and serving as a mentor or Friend-at-Work to other clinicians.8. Assesses patient's educational needs, addresses any patient barriers to understanding or learning and involves the patient, family and/or caregiver in the entire therapy experience per the patient's preference. In addition, collaborates and communicates with other healthcare team members to promote optimal benefit from therapy and quality care.9. Performs medically necessary documentation consisting of initial evaluations, re-evaluations, daily notes, plans of care with associated certification dates, physician letters, insurance authorizations and discharge notes which provide evidence of skilled care according to professional, departmental and payor standards.10. Fulfills administrative duties associated with patient care including* scheduling assistance* follow through with patient attendance* compliance with accurate and timely charging practices* assurance of appropriate referral and diagnostic coding* utilization of only the medically necessary services and number of visits* compliance with insurance authorizations and tracking of insurance limitations* participation in peer reviews* performance and process improvement projects* program development* community events* any other related activit