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Occupational Therapist Specialist I - Orthopedic - Sharp Rees-Stealy (San Diego) - Variable Shift - Per Diem

Job ID JR141873 Date Posted 09/11/2023
Santee, California
  • SRS Santee
  • Variable
  • Per Diem
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Shift Start Time:


Shift End Time:


Additional Shift Information:

between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm

Weekend Requirements:

As Needed

On-Call Required:


Hourly Pay Range (Minimum - Midpoint - Maximum):

$46.755 - $60.329 - $73.903

The stated pay scale reflects the range that Sharp reasonably expects to pay for this position.  The actual pay rate and pay grade for this position will be dependent on a variety of factors, including an applicant’s years of experience, unique skills and abilities, education, alignment with similar internal candidates, marketplace factors, other requirements for the position, and employer business practices.

What You Will Do
Performs occupational therapy evaluations of patients with various physical disabilities, conditions, injuries, etc. Designs and implements efficient and effective treatment plans. Develops and implements programs in support of the OT clinic's pursuit to provide the Sharp Experience with a commitment to zero defects and zero harm.

Required Qualifications
  • Graduate of an approved and accredited professional Occupational Therapy school or program.
  • California Occupational Therapist license - CA Board of Occupational Therapy -REQUIRED
  • AHA Basic Life Support for Healthcare Professional (AHA BLS Healthcare) - American Heart Association -REQUIRED

Preferred Qualifications
  • 1 Year Experience in all aspects of this discipline.

Essential Functions
  • Ability to consult effectively
    Ability to consult with other staff or with supervisor if treatment techniques being used are not producing desired results within first two to three weeks of therapy.
  • Documentation
    Documentation is legible, concise, accurate, timely and follows all SHC policy and procedures for confidentiality and HIPAA guidelines.
    Documentation meets all third-payer (Medicare, PPO, Work Comp and HMO) and regulatory requirements.
    Completes notes and TouchWorks billing to meet billing requirements daily.
    Completed discharge summaries within two months of discharge.
    Follows policies and procedures for all Utilization Management (UM), discharges, Standardized Outcome Measures, Durable Medical Equipment (DME) forms and patient status reports.
    Anticipates and completes documentation needs (i.e., UM, POCs, patient status reports) prior to their due date.
    Participates in chart review, implements suggestions for improvement, and initiates peer review process as needed.
    Completes all tasks prior to their due date.
  • Financial accountability
    Consistently and proactively approaches each day with a commitment to timeliness, organization, and communication to help ensure the financial success of the clinic and organization as a whole.
    Treats 11-13 patients per day in an eight-hour day (orthopedic).
    Treats 8-10 patients per day in an eight-hour day (neurological or lymph).
    Develops treatment programs to ensure effective and efficient recovery. This includes consistently consulting with other OTs or providers when a patient is demonstrating slow or no progress after 3 treatment sessions.
    Meets all regulatory requirements for payment (ex: pre-authorization, POCs, UM, etc.). Follows POC form for OT coverage (ex: max OT visits/year, eligibility for group class, etc.)
    Utilizes strategies to ensure patient access to timely care, and patient engagement in their recovery process.
    Ensuring all criteria has been met prior to a patient being scheduled (i.e., work comp visits have been authorized, PPO/MED Plan of Care has been completed and signed, UM has approved visits as needed).
    Consistently following CA state law practices for breaks and meals.
    Consistently working hours as scheduled (i.e., no unauthorized/unjustified OT).
    Demonstrates flexibility of schedule to meet patient and clinic needs (ex: accommodating patients during the day, willingness to work different shifts/hours).
    Meets and exceeds department goals (i.e., department productivity, CUOS, patient visits and FTE’s).
  • Patient care
    Efficiently and effectively evaluates patient conditions, and designs and implements appropriate treatment plans.
    Demonstrates safety and proficiency in the use of all equipment and modalities. Utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach for optimal outcomes.
    Consistently monitors patients’ progress, and progresses programs accordingly.
    Develops and leads group exercise, and/or wellness classes.
    Gives clear directions with exercises.
    Identifies substitutions with exercises and corrects accordingly.
    Proficient with all clinic modalities and troubleshooting.
    Takes initiative in identifying and completing tasks to ensure continuity of care (ex: Handoff to rehab Aide, Rehab Communication/Pt. Status Reports to medical providers).
    Offers information and education to patients, visitors, ancillary departments, staff, etc.; including dress, parking, necessary forms, paperwork, transportation, and departmental specialty.
  • Patient evaluation
    Evaluation of patients using standard formats.
    Administers tests and evaluates deficits skillfully in areas of upper extremity strength, range of motion, sensitivity, edema, etc.
    Should have no more than three incomplete evaluations per year.
    95% compliance measurable through observation and review of evaluation by other therapists.
  • Professional development

    Identifies own need for development in the areas of patient evaluation, design and implementation and progression of treatment programs, manual skills, and department operations.
    Demonstrates initiative in seeking mentorship, and informal and formal consultation.
    Consistently attends, actively and positively participates in in-services, staff meetings, and programs related to job responsibilities.
    * In-services.
    * Unit ln-services.
    * Systemwide Rehabilitation Learning Opportunities.
    * Learning experiences approved by OT Supervisor (i.e., surgeries, self -study, research).
    * Practice sessions with clinical specialists.
    * Wellness programs or classes developed by clinical specialists.
    * Mentorship (with a clinical specialist).
    * Consultations (with peers, clinical specialists, and physicians).
    * Co-treatments.
  • Quality

    Demonstrates an overall commitment to the process of pursuing excellence in every individual and clinical aspect of care we provide.
    Demonstrates a commitment to learning and utilizing the behavior and skills needed to pursue the goal of zero defects and zero harm.
    Monitors measurements of the service we provide (i.e., Press Ganey survey, patient access, productivity, standardized outcome measures, etc.).
    Utilizes Six Sigma tools (ex: A3 document) to examine our processes to identify root causes of obstacles to providing very good care.
    Overcomes obstacles by innovatively finding solutions that are personal, effective, efficient and accessible.
    Develops or integrates, and promotes “best practices” in all we do (i.e., documentation, written and verbal communication, billing, consultations, etc.).
    Implements the HRO behaviors and skills.
  • Splinting
    Custom orthosis/splint fabrication - Demonstrates ability to assess for need and initiate appropriate splinting techniques.
    Ability to problem solve and initiate appropriate splinting techniques, to include modifying as clinically necessary, to achievedesired results.
    Ability to fabricate both static, static progressive and dynamic splints.
    Able to document splints purpose and success of splint base on proposed outcome (ROM, pain, protection).
    Consults with other OT's as clinically necessary.
  • Training and education

    Identifies clinical, departmental, and community needs for theoretical, specialization skills (i.e., neurological, manual, pediatric; operational; wellness), or operational training.
    Demonstrates initiative in developing projects/programs/action plans, providing mentorship, providing informal and formal consultations that contribute to:
    1. The professional development and education of staff members, other professionals, students, and the general public, and
    1. An effective, efficient, enjoyable, and safe work environment.

    Develops administrative, clinical, or wellness programs approved by manager (i.e., core class, breast cancer program).
    Mentors OT staff.
    Inservices departmental and all rehab meetings.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Competency in the area of hand and upper extremity conditions, splinting techniques and the ability to establish effective rapport/communication with patients.
  • AOTA and OTAC memberships preferred.

Sharp HealthCare is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability or any other protected class

California Occupational Therapist license - CA Board of Occupational Therapy; AHA Basic Life Support for Healthcare Professional (AHA BLS Healthcare) - American Heart Association
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