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Physical Therapist

Job in Misawa - Japan
Full Time, Contract position
Listed on 2020-09-21
Job specializations:
  • Healthcare
Job Description & How to Apply Below
General Description:
Physical Therapist shall restore maximum health, functional independence, and productivity to the patient with various physical disabilities resulting from injury, disease, and the aging process.

Specific Tasks:
• Provide professional physical therapy services to all beneficiaries referred to the Physical Therapy Section.  This service may include, but is not limited to, use of modalities, manual therapy techniques, specialized equipment, therapeutic exercise, patient education, gait training with or without assistive devices, and instruction in home programs to modify pain, maximize physical abilities, and restore patients to a higher functional level in activities of daily living.
• Participates in individual and multidisciplinary discharge planning, follow-up care, and assesses the need for adaptive equipment and assistive devices for home use.
• Supports the work of orthopedic surgeons by screening and managing patients with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, ordering x-rays, bone scans, and MRI, prescribing medications approved by the Therapeutic Agents Board, referring to specialty clinics, and limiting the patient activities and/or duty requirements as needed.  Results of the evaluations and tests performed are used to determine fitness for duty of soldiers in training, rehabilitation potential of injured beneficiaries, and by physicians as the basis for medical and/or surgical management if conservative management fails or is not appropriate.
• Provide services in conjunction with other non-contract providers to include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered and licensed practical nurses, and support personnel.  
• Treat patients with common acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, post-operative orthopedic patients within accepted protocols, in referral and direct access-based cases independent or in collaboration with a physician.
• Collaborate with the physician in the health care of patients with chronic illnesses.
• Order diagnostic tests as applicable to include plain film x-rays and MRI if credentialed by the MTF.
• Prescribe and dispense medications as delineated by the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and in concurrence with privileges offered by MTF credentialing and per state licensure.
• Promote preventive and health maintenance care, positive health behaviors, and self-care skills through education and counseling.
• Coordinates patient care through a continuum and facilitates the achievement of optimal outcomes in relation to care, quality and cost effectiveness.
• Ensures compliance with standards of care and practice in accordance with all established policies, procedures, and guidelines used in the medical treatment facility.  Provides care within ethical and legal boundaries.
• Assesses patients.
• Completes orientation and competency verification programs in accordance with (IAW) unit guidelines.
• Participates in the orientation of newly assigned personnel, as appropriate.
• Serves and participates in committees, functions and other meetings as directed. Provides relevant and timely information to these groups and assists with decision-making and process improvement. Participates in customer service initiatives, and medical readiness activities, designed to enhance health services.
• Ensures a safe work environment, employee safe work habits and patient safety IAW regulatory agencies, infection control policies, and process improvement initiatives.
• Request consultation or referral with appropriate physicians, clinics, or other health resources as indicated.
• Patient Care. Patient care areas: Physical Therapy Clinic, (Outpatient), MSU, (Inpatient).
• Prepare all medical documentation to meet or exceed the standards required of the MTF, applicable Air Force Instructions and the Joint Commission guidelines.  Only approved abbreviations shall be used for documentation of care in the health care record.  The Department of Defense’s electronic medical record systems, to include AHLTA, shall be used for all patient encounters.
Position Requirements
Masters,   1 to 2 Years work experience
Education:
• Graduate of a Masters or Doctoral level degree program in Physical Therapy from a college of Physical Therapy accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  
• Maintenance of Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is mandatory.  

Experience:
• Minimum of one (1) year experience in an outpatient clinical setting within the last five (5) years.

Licensure:
• Possess and maintain an active license from a U.S. jurisdiction (1 of 50 states), the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, or the U.S. Virgin Islands and applicable Board Certification as a licensed Physical Therapist (PT).  

Knowledge/Ability:
• Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with a diverse group of people for the purpose of informing the healthcare team of plans/actions, for teaching/education to benefit the patient/family and organization. Effectively uses appropriate communication format in addressing professional issues.
• Excellent written communication skills to perform accurate documentation, both written and electronic, of all activity in accordance with requirements.  Mastery of the English language is necessary.  The Physical Therapist shall read, comprehend/understand, speak, and write English fluently.
• Ability to recognize adverse signs and symptoms and react quickly in emergency situations.
• Must a have working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and ability to become  proficient in the use of the following computer systems:  Composite Health Care Systems (CHCS) – Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA), Aeromedical Services Information Management System (ASIMS), Individual Medical Readiness (PIMR), and the new military electronic health care system when it becomes available.
Required Language Skills:
  • English - Very good
Contact Information
Contact Name: Entourage Consulting LLC
Contact Phone: 210880-4802
Preferred method of contact: Email with CV via Application Box below.
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