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UnityPoint Health Physical Therapist Assistant in Fort Dodge, Iowa

UnityPoint At Home

Physical Therapists Assistant

Monday-Friday 8a-430p

Full Time Benefits

Fort Dodge, IA

The Physical Therapy Assistant provides direct patient care for a diverse community-based caseload according to the plan of care developed by a supervising Physical Therapist. Delivers patient care that is consistent with clinical best practices and results in high quality, improved outcomes and an exceptional patient experience.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

Essential functions are the duties and responsibilities that are essential to the position (not a task list). o not include if less than 5% of work time is spent on this duty. Be specific without giving explicit instructions on how to perform the task. Do not include duties that are to be performed in the future. Duties should be action oriented and avoid vague or general statements.

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Patient Care/Care Coordination

· Makes visits to the homes of patients requiring home health physical therapy services.

· Treats clients to relieve pain, restore function and maintain maximum performance using appropriate physical therapy treatments, modalities and procedures as directed by the physician and physical therapist and included in the plan of care.

· Directs and aids patients in active and passive therapeutic exercises, muscle reeducation, gait and functional training, transfer activities and prosthetic training.

· Uses physical agencies including heat, cold, water, electricity, ultrasound and massage.

· Instructs patient, family and caregivers in care and use of wheelchairs, braces, crutches, canes, and prosthetic or orthotic devices.

· Ensures quality and safe delivery of services to patients according to the care plan.

· Uses equipment and supplies safely, effectively, and efficiently.

· Observes and reports to the Physical Therapist and other designated organizational personnel the patient response to treatment and any changes in patient condition.

· Provides the services that are ordered by the physician as indicated in the plan of care.

· Maintains accurate and timely documentation of clinical records and time/travel entries.

· Identifies risk for acute hospitalization and proactively prevents adverse events.

· Provides visits/treatments consistent with the plan of care.


Home Care Performance Criteria

· Delivers quality care and completes clear, concise and accurate clinical documentation of care provision in accordance with home health conditions of participation (CoPs), various payer home health coverage criteria, accreditation standards, professional standards for discipline/credential and the home health plan of care.

· Participates in clinical review of records to monitor quality and accuracy, appropriate utilization, appropriate involvement of interdisciplinary team members, appropriate referrals and coordination of care.

· Uses appropriate infection control procedures and safety measure to protect employees and patients.

· Participates in case conferences, in-service programs and other meetings required to ensure coordinated and comprehensive care.

· Reviews all patient assignments prior to scheduling first visit and accepts patient assignments only for which qualified and competent in any specific care/technical skill/procedure needed.

· Participates as a member of the interdisciplinary team.

· Participates in quality assurance/performance improvement (QAPI) activities, as assigned.

· Maintains professional knowledge for discipline/credential/license ensuring inclusion of content specific to home and community based care.

· Communicates professionally, effectively and timely to all team members and co-workers and responds to all communication in a timely manner including, but not limited to e-mails, phone communication and meeting follow-up responsibilities.

· Establishes and maintains positive interpersonal relationships with team members, patients and family members while maintain personal and professional boundaries.

· Assist with new employee orientation when necessary.

· Effectively plans, organizes, sets priorities and completes works assignments with minimum direct supervision per agency policy and within established time frames.

· Maintains productivity standards as defined by home care supervisor.

· Meets or exceeds agency expected outcomes related to patient experience and hospitalization utilization.

· Performs other duties as assigned by home care clinical supervisor and/or administrator.


Basic UPH Performance Criteria

· Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

· Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

· Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

· Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

· Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

· Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of administrative staff.

· Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.

· Maintains compliance with Personnel policies and procedures.

· Behaves in a manner consistent with all Corporate Compliance policies and procedures.


Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Demonstration of UPH Values and Standards of Behaviors

Consistently demonstrates UnityPoint Health’s values in the performance of job duties and responsibilities

Foster Unity:

· Leverage the skills and abilities of each person to enable great teams.

· Collaborate across departments, facilities, business units and regions.

· Seek to understand and are open to diverse thoughts and perspectives.

Own The Moment:

· Connect with each person treating them with courtesy, compassion, empathy and respect

· Enthusiastically engage in our work.

· Accountable for our individual actions and our team performance.

· Responsible for solving problems regardless of the origin.

Champion Excellence:

· Commit to the best outcomes and highest quality.

· Have a relentless focus on exceeding expectations.

· Believe in sharing our results, learning from our mistakes and celebrating our successes.

Seize Opportunities:

· Embrace and promote innovation and transformation.

· Create partnerships that improve care delivery in our communities.

· Have the courage to challenge the status quo.

Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.


Licensed, registered, or certified as a Physical Therapist Assistant by the state(s) providing services.

Graduate of a Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association; or, if educated outside the United States or trained in the United States military, graduated from an education program determined to be substantially equivalent to Physical Therapist Assistant entry-level education in the United States by a credentials evaluation organization approved by the American Physical Therapy Association.

Passed a national examination for Physical Therapist Assistants


One year experience caring for similar patient population as to be assigned.

Home care experience

2+ years’ experience


Valid licensed driver with automobile insurance in accordance with state(s) and/or organizational requirements.

Mandatory Reporter: Child & Dependent Adult Abuse.

Person Centered Care (PCC) course completion within first 12 months of hire and annual completion of competency validation activities.

CPR: Maintain a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider Card with Re-certification.


Knowledge of rehabilitation principles and able to carry out the procedures in the home with no in-person supervision.

Strong interpersonal skills.

Ability to work as a collaborative team member.

Ability to understand and apply guidelines, policies and procedures.

Ability to navigate and perform basic use of Microsoft Office products.

Maintains a reliable mode of transportation and has the ability to drive safely during all day and night hours and in all types of inclement weather.

Experience with documentation in an electronic health record.


Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.

Requisition ID: 2021-94636

Street: 802 Kenyon Rd

Name: 9400 UnityPoint at Home Affiliate

Name: SN Visits- HC- FD

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: Mon-Fri 8-4:30pm

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