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SLP / Sleep Language Pathologist - Home Health in Harker Heights at Jordan

Date Posted: 7/6/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

POSITION:                   SPEECH/LANGUAGEPATHOLOGIST

ORGANIZATION:         JordanHealth Services - Medicare

REPORTS TO:             Directorof Therapy

POSITION SUMMARY:

TheSpeech/Language Pathologist (SLP) provides speech/language pathology servicesto patients in their own home.  The SLPsupports all offices by answering questions, clarifying documentation andeligibility requirements and solving SLP issues.  Through coaching and training, the SLPteaches patients, family members and the patient’s care team how to performvarious exercises/tasks/techniques, use assistive equipment, and follow thecare plan.  He/she maintains knowledge ofcurrent speech/language pathology trends, techniques and innovations to meetthe needs of his/her patients.  The SLPupholds regulatory standards, Jordan Health Services policies andanalyzes/evaluates services provided. The SLP performs all duties in accordance with physician’s orders andunder the direction and supervision of the Director of Nurses.


Patient Care Responsibilities:

  • Job Responsibilities as aligned with HH Condition of Participation 42 C.F.R. 484.75(b) published in Federal Register
  1. Ongoing interdisciplinary assessment of the patient;

  2. Providing services that are ordered by the physician as indicated in the plan of care;

  3. Patient, caregiver, and family counseling;

  4. Patient and caregiver education;

  5. Preparing clinical notes;

  6. Communication with all physicians involved in the plan of care and other health care practitioners (as appropriate) related to the current plan of care;

  7. Participation in the Home Health Agency’s QAPI program; and

  8. Participation in Home Health Agency’s-sponsored in-service training


  • Treats (SLP) patients to develop or restore functional, communicative and/or cognitive ability and maintain maximum performance. 

  • Assists the physician in her/her evaluation of each SLP patient by performing speech, language, voice swallowing, aural and cognitive ability screens an/or tests on the patient.

  • Performs initial evaluation and history on prospective SLP patients.

  • Develops a plan of treatment following the physician’s order and makes revisions as needed.

  • Assesses each patient’s level of function and submits assessment to the D.O.N. in narrative form.

  • Re-evaluates each SLP patient’s need for continued service on an on-going basis.

  • Instructs, coordinates and reviews SLP care plans with patients, family members and JHS staff.

  • Directs and aids the patient in expressive and receptive language task and in the re-education of oral-motor muscles for speech and swallowing.

  • Trains each patient in the use of voice techniques to improve intensity, quality, pitch, resonance and prosody.

  • Provides patients with functional training regarding cognitive abilities necessary for activities of daily living.

  • Instructs patients in the care and use of augmentative devices and compensatory/facilitative techniques.

  • Performs Modified Barium Swallow tests, interprets tests results and established a plan of care to increase the safety of the patient and decrease aspiration risk.


II.         Administrative                                                                                                   (componentproportion         25%)



  1. Provides SLP support services to all JHS offices.

  2. Assists other SLPs, as needed, with documentation, billing and quality improvement questions.

  3. Assists all offices in resolving coverage issues relating to the provision of SLP services.

  4. Conducts, attends and/or participates in staff meetings, patient care conferences and in-services, as needed.

  5. Prepares timely clinical records, care plans, progress notes and summaries of care conferences on patients.

  6. Directs, supervises and teaches Home Health Aides and, possibly other SLPs.

  7. Understands, adheres to, and performs all duties in accordance with established JHS polices and procedures.

  8. Maintains availability at all times during his/her scheduled hours of work, either in person or by telecommunications.

  9. Participates in Quality Improvement programs, as assigned.

  10. Assists the D.O.N in conducting branch office on-site supervisory visits to ensure parent agency involvement in the overall operations of JHS.

  11. Participates in meetings, seminars, workshops, and other activities relating to home SLP services.

  12. Maintains current knowledge of SLP practices as pertinent to the job requirements and continuing education.





Job Requirements

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS,ABILITIES, AND OTHER CHARACTERISTICS:

I.          Education

1.     Mustbe a graduate of an accredited Schoolof Speech/Language Pathology andcurrently licensed in the State of Texasas a Speech/Language Pathologist.

2.     Completionof a Masters degree in Speech/Language Pathology required.

3.     Mustpossess a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech/Language,and Hearing Association (ASHA).

II.         Experience

1.     Two(2) years experience as a Speech/Language Pathologist preferred.

2.     PreferSpeech/Language Pathologist to be a member of the American Speech/Language, andHearing Association (ASHA).

3.     Workingknowledge of Medicare/Medicaid home health care benefits, rules and regulationspreferred.

III.        Skills& Abilities

1.     Havegood management and leadership skills.

2.     Havethe ability to motivate others in a positive manner.

3.     Havegood verbal and written communication skills.

4.     Possesswell developed interpersonal skills.

5.     Possessa firm foundation of SLP skills.

6.     Havethe ability to organize work and schedule effectively.

7.     Bewilling and able to foster the team and continuous quality improvementconcepts.

IV.        Other

1.               Must participate in the Coordination of Care

2.               General

A.    Musthave satisfactory references from previous employers.

B.    Mustbe able to pass a criminal history check.

C.    Mustbe able to pass a random drug test.

D.    Musthave a dependable vehicle and a valid driver’s license.

            2.         RiskExposure (bloodborne pathogens, etc.)

A.    HighRisk.

            3.         PhysicalRequirements

A.    HeavyLifting.

B.    Abilityto participate in physical activity.

C.    Abilityto do extensive bending, lifting and standing on a regular basis.

D.    Abilityto work for extended period of time while standing and being involved inphysical activity.

Ihave read the above position description and fully understand the conditionsset forth therein; and, if employed as a Speech/Language Pathologist, I willperform these duties to the best of my knowledge and ability.