Job Descriptions for Licensed Physical Therapists
Colonial Federal Healthcare, LLC is looking to hire one (1) full-time Licensed Physical Therapist for up to 800 hours (40 hours/week) for up to 20 weeks. To support staff inpatient, subacute rehabilitation, and outpatient therapy services in the Washington DC VA Medical Center or at one of the established Community Based Outpatient Clinics (Charlotte Hall, Ft Belvoir, Montgomery County).
The DC VA Medical Center needs a Contract Licensed Physical Therapist for up to 800 hours to provide direct patient care coverage. Physical Therapists should have sufficient experience to provide acute care, sub-acute care, and outpatient care services. VetPro credentialed Physical Therapist preferred.
Technical requirements: The contractor shall provide services of a board-licensed and CPR certified Physical Therapist:
Education: Graduate of a degree program in Physical Therapy from a college or university accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) with a baccalaureate degree or higher in Physical Therapy
Licensure: current, full, active, and unrestricted license to practice Physical Therapy in a state, territory, or commonwealth of the United States or the District of Columbia.
English proficiency: Personnel assigned by the contractor to perform the services covered by this contract shall be proficient in written and spoken English (38 USC 7402).
Computer proficiency: The contractor’s assigned personnel must be computer literate as patient documentation is directly inputted into the patient’s electronic medical record.
The therapist will perform the full scope of physical therapy services to include evaluations, treatments, and collaboration with health care providers to meet the clinical needs of interdisciplinary care plans.
Specific Tasks: The contract physical therapist will be tasked with the following:
Clinical Evaluations and treatments
The vendor performs examinations and evaluations of individuals who may develop impairments and activity limitations, interprets the findings, selects appropriate clinical tests and measures, makes needed referrals, and establishes a rehabilitation prognosis and plan of care.
Deliverables: Documented competencies in the above areas during orientation and ongoing supervisor review.
Documentation and Reporting
The vendor will document evaluations and treatments in the electronic medical record within 24 business hours of the patient encounter using the peer review screen as a reference for required elements. The vendor will close out consults for rehab services on the day of the service and place appropriate consults for equipment needs in a timely manner. Patient safety incidents will be reported to the supervisor promptly and documented following protocol.
Deliverables: Clinical documentation review by supervisors of 2-4 weekly charts for timeliness, proper billing and coding, and required clinical elements.
Communication within the clinical and supervisory team
The vendor will communicate regularly with the supervisory team, colleagues, and associated healthcare providers involved in patient care via written, telephone, and personal communication at the DCVA Medical Center. Follows medical center guidelines for use of leave.
Deliverables: Returns emails, teams’ messages, and phone calls to staff and patients within 24 business hours and follows guidelines for use of time off.
Competency and Licensure
The clinical providers will maintain licenses and CPR training to practice physical therapy, and clinical supervisors will complete competency documentation. Continuing Education Units (CEU) requirements are the responsibility of the contracted physical therapist, and the incumbent shall submit records of such education to the VA. Maintains compliance with Joint Commission standards.
Deliverables: competencies, CPR certification, and licensure, evidence of continuing education courses as needed
The physical therapy supervisors will perform regular performance monitoring. The clinical supervisor will meet at the start of each week to establish the expectations for care during the upcoming week.
Deliverables: PT will provide treatments to 6-12 patients per day in the acute care setting, 6-8 patients/per day in the subacute/CLC setting, and 8-12 patients scheduled/per day in the outpatient setting.
All work will take place at the main hospital or CBOC clinics. Contractor employee is required to complete and remain current on all security training. In addition, if providing medical services, contractor employees will learn to use the electronic health record (EHR) documentation system before providing any patient care services. The therapy supervisor will provide this training. The contractor employee will document patient care in EHR to comply with all VA and Joint Commission standards.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The complexity of work to be performed under this contract is such that it requires extensive training in providing physical therapy treatments, knowing clinical measures to monitor, and performing education to patients, family members, and associated health care team members. The licensed therapist must demonstrate the following:
1. Ability to make autonomous clinical decisions in a Direct Access environment. This includes the ability to evaluate and treat patients who seek physical therapy services independently.
2. Skill in performing examinations and evaluations of individuals who have or may develop impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions related to conditions of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and/or integumentary systems while considering the effects attributable to unique psychosocial and environmental factors.
3. Ability to interpret findings from examination and evaluation, select appropriate tests and measures, and integrate findings into the physical therapy care plan for all patient populations.
4. Ability to establish a diagnosis within the scope of physical therapy and identify the appropriate rehabilitation intervention, including referral to another provider for further consultation as clinically indicated.
5. Ability to determine physical therapy prognosis by incorporating examination findings with the patient’s preferences to set clinically appropriate treatment goals, optimize outcomes, and maximize functional independence.
6. Ability to independently provide clinical oversight of Physical Therapy Assistants and students on clinical affiliations who are in Doctoral PT Programs or PTA Programs.
Place of Performance:
Washington DC VAMC
50 Irving St NW
Washington, DC 20422
Or one of the Community Based Outpatient clinics (CBOCs) in the network as needed:
Montgomery County CBOC 15810 Gaither Dr. Gaithersburg, MD 20877;
FT Belvoir CBOC 9300 Dewitt Loop, Ft Belvoir, VA 22060;
Charlotte Hall CBOC, 29640 Three Notch Rd. Charlotte Hall MD, 20622
Work Schedule: Regular Work Hours: 40 hours per week, 8- or 10-hour days. Shift: Ranging from 0730- - 0800 (start) to 1600-1730 (end)
Job Type: 20 weeks contract
Two Weeks of paid vacation
Seven days of sick leave per year