Occupational Therapist


: $87,260.00 - $127,670.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Healthcare - Allied Health

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Job Title: Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Department: Operations
Position Reports To: Facility Rehabilitation Director

Job Summary:

To assist in providing quality patient care while maintaining positive levels of interaction with facilities and clients, under the direction of a licensed or registered Occupational Therapist. Adheres to applicable state regulation concerning occupational therapy.

Essential Functions*:

  • Under the direction of the licensed/certified occupational therapist, optimizes functional abilities and skills of patients in facilities by: assisting in screening and initial evaluation of all patients; implementing treatment for all assigned patients; delivering treatment according to the established treatment plan; accurately documenting progress toward objectives and communicating patient status and needs to the patient, the patient's family, the staff and other professionals.

  • Builds a strong rehabilitation care practice within each facility by: establishing and maintaining courteous and helpful interaction patterns with staff, patients and families which reflects sensitivity to individual needs and a problem solving approach; contributing to facility patient care, utilization review, administrative staff/department head, and family conference activities/communications as directed by the occupational therapist; establishing and maintaining good working relationships with other health care professionals and colleagues in the community; maintaining awareness of change in patient populations, patient conditions and programs and keeping the licensed or registered occupational therapist informed directly and in a timely manner, or patient progress and facility issues; adhering to the requirements of the patient's Bill of Rights; adhering to established facility policies and procedures related to environment safety, orderliness, risk management, infection control and emergency situations.

  • Continue professional development by expanding and enhancing clinical expertise, professional and management skills through interaction with managers, therapists and other professional staff, self-study, and other continuing education activities; maintaining valid state license/registration/certification (where appropriate); obtaining membership and participating in professional and community organizations; maintaining awareness of issues related to the profession of occupational therapy and the health care environment.

  • Maintain administration requirements by: submitting billing, payroll and expense documentation in an accurate and timely manner, assisting in collection of statistics and updating records; informing appropriate staff and managers of patient progress and facility issues; and contributing to facility rehab goals and plans.

  • Understand managed care/Prospective Payment System (PPS) billing and treatment guidelines. Provide quality care as well as reasonable goals and outcomes within the guidelines.

  • Compliant with infection control procedures and environment safety protocol within a facility. Must embrace the team concept and interdisciplinary care.

  • Ability to travel between facilities efficiently during scheduled hours.

  • Ability to work varying hours, including weekends and holidays.

  • Maintain confidentiality of Premier Therapy, facility and patient information.

  • Performs other duties or special projects as assigned; this description is not intended to be all-inclusive.

*Subject to limitations imposed by state and/or local law.

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to work effectively as a team member.

  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

  • Effective organizational, time management and planning skills

  • Effective communication skills for accurate, concise, and organized oral and written skills for report writing and presentation of information to patient and staff.

  • Active listening, reading and comprehension skills for analyzing reports, charts and correspondence.

  • Effective clinical problem solving skills. Understands and uses varied techniques to achieve outcomes.

  • Good problem solving skills to: identify and prioritize issues in responsive manner, implement and execute action plan on timely basis, ensure appropriate results.

Required Credentials:

  • Graduate of an ACOTE approved school for Occupational Therapy Assistants.

  • Valid state license/registration/certification (where appropriate).

  • Valid driver's license.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift patients using appropriate biomechanical techniques frequently throughout the course of a work day/shift; must be capable of easily lifting fifty (50) pounds of dead weight alone.

  • Ability to walk, bend, stand and reach constantly during the work day/shift.

  • Visual, auditory and speaking skills sufficient to evaluate, diagnose, communicate, and monitor patient needs, and to maintain accurate records, recognize people and provide and understand written, verbal and gestural communications.

  • Ability to push wheeled equipment throughout the facility and in the community.

  • Fine motor skills for legible and accurate writing of reports, charting, scheduling, daily correspondence, and presentations.

  • Fine motor skills for effective and efficient handling of diagnostic or therapeutic equipment.

  • Ability to participate in sustained activity for many hours in duration in accordance with state labor laws.

Clinical Service Delivery and Documentation Expectation:

Premier Therapy expects that all employees will conduct clinical services within the expectations of all Medicare/Medicaid and Third party regulations. In order to maintain state licensure, therapist/therapist's assistants must stay in compliance with their respective practice acts.

  1. Therapist's assistants are expected to follow the individualized treatment plan set forth by the licensed therapist.

  1. Documentation of treatment provided by the therapist's assistant must show skilled intervention and medical necessity. Ongoing communication regardingthe patient's treatment with the licensed therapist should be evident in the medical record.

  1. Assistants will provide treatment/document with in the supervision requirements/scope of practice of their state practice acts.

  1. Assistants are expected to assist the therapist in ensuring that the documentation meets the technical requirements to ensure appropriate billing through monitoring of:

  1. Timely completion of cosigns (within 7 business days of last documentedtreatment day on that document)
  2. Physician's signature/date on the plan of care
  3. Timely completion of progress reports(10th visits) and UPOCs
  4. Assignment and documentation of Functional Limitation - G codes

  1. Therapists and assistants are expected to complete documentation on the date of service. Therapists are expected to oversee their assistants and other supervised staff and report issues with late documentation.

*Failure to complete all of the above could result in disciplinary action up to andincluding termination.

Associated topics: cht, certified occupational therapy assistant, cota, ffs, newborn care specialist, occupational, occupational therapist, occupational therapist ot, therapist, therapist ot * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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