Program Specialist – Physical Therapist – Cancer


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MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

Program Specialist – Maryland, D.C., and Virginia

Job Summary

Provides physical therapy, services to include but not limited to screening and evaluation, treatment planning, treatment implementation, treatment re-assessment and revision, patient/client re-evaluation, discharge planning, and documentation in a variety of settings. Assists the team in meeting established goals.

Program Specialist possesses recognized expertise in a clinical/programmatic area. Facilitates and leads a program for the hospital, region or network that assists in the growth and development of the overall goals/vision of the organization. Helps develop and maintain systems to increase referrals and to communicate with physicians, insurers and external case managers and the community.

Minimum Qualifications

Education/Training: Graduate of an accredited School of Physical Therapy at a Bachelors/Masters/Doctorate degree level.

Experience: 4-5 years of clinical experience with 2 years of experience with identified programmatic area preferred.

License/Certification/Registration: Maryland, District of Columbia (DC), and/or Virginia licensure required as deemed necessary for your specific location(s). American Heart Association’s BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR certification required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Professional competency as a general practitioner in physical therapy; demonstrates independent use of varied evaluation and treatment approaches; utilizes data and performance improvement to solve problems and improve processes; demonstrates responsibility and accountability for projects/programs initiated in specialty area; demonstrates competence in an environment that enhances excellent customer service. Able to work in a team environment; Takes initiative in following through with all procedures and policies; Excellent communication skills including handling difficult situations.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides evaluation and treatment services including review of pertinent history information, performance of specific assessments, and determination of recommendations and documentation of results. Explains evaluation findings and treatment plan to patient and family and incorporates patient and family in the goals setting. Demonstrates proficiency in implementation of treatment protocols. Consults with other healthcare professionals as indicated. Documents changes in patient's condition.
  2. Completes appropriate discharge planning and follow-up care. Accurately and timely documents and charges for patient care activities in light of our evolving health care environment, painting a clear picture of the patient's course of care including focused initial evaluation/plan of care that establishes baseline and goals, encounter notes, interim progress summaries, and discharge evaluation.
  3. Contributes to the development and achievement of established department goals and objective. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations.
  4. Takes initiative in pursuing and directing continuing education for professional growth for self and organization. Leads the development of the most current evidence-based educational opportunities for the clinicians within their programmatic area. Develops competencies and evaluate staff compliance in programmatic area. Serves as a clinical instructor to assign students.
  5. Demonstrates effective time management and meets productivity expectations. Manage an accurate schedule. Is timely and punctual for meetings. Demonstrates a professional commitment to provide frictionless patient access to care through flexibility, adaptability, creativity, and actions/behaviors that display empathy in our patient consumer driven environment.
  6. Assists leadership as requested in selection, training, orienting of staff, students, and volunteers. Assist the leadership in special projects to meet the goals of the organization.
  7. Works collaboratively with the leadership to develop protocols, policies, and procedures to assure service quality and participates in development and implementation of goals and objectives for specialty program area. Develops a process to assure service quality, delivered in an efficient/cost conscious manner.
  8. Catalyzes communication and collaboration with physicians, and other program/service stakeholders, across the care continuum, promoting improved programming, integration of indicated therapy to promote value driven care and best practice in transitions in care for patients across our communities. Actively participates on teams/committees to promote the goals of the service line/program.
  9. Coordinates community and MedStar outreach and formal marketing initiatives to expand potential patient and referrer awareness of the specialty program area, captures additional program volume as a result. Assist with the initiative in developing and maintaining referrals.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.

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