Apria Healthcare

Nutrition Support Dietitian

Requisition ID
2018-3072
# of Openings
1
Category
Clinical - Nutrition/Dietitians
Full/Part Time
Full-time

Job Summary

Apria Healthcare is one of nation’s leading providers of home healthcare products and services including respiratory therapy, sleep apnea therapy, non-invasive ventilation therapy, enteral nutrition therapy, negative pressure wound therapy and home medical equipment. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California, Apria owns and operates branch locations across the nation and serves more than 1.8 million patients each year. With over $1 Billion in annual revenues, Apria is one of the largest home healthcare companies in the United States. Apria was the first company of its type to obtain voluntary accreditation from The Joint Commission and has been continuously accredited for more than 25 years. For more information, visit www.apria.com.

 

JOB SUMMARY

Nutrition Support Dietitians are responsible for assisting in the safe and effective transition of patients to home enteral nutrition therapy.  This position is responsible for handling patient and caregiver calls in a fast-paced environment, while maintaining emphasis on the nutritional care and well-being of our patients.  This includes assessing patients’ nutritional risks, developing care plans to meet nutritional needs of patients, communicating with the patient’s broader care team, and providing counseling and education of patients, family members and caregivers. 

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Functions as part of a team which administers and implements the Company’s enteral nutrition program and related therapies and services.
  • Telephonically screens and assesses specific patient populations as appropriate to verify nutritional needs in accordance with Company policy and practice standards; as appropriate, communicates findings and recommendations to physician and other members of the patient’s health care team.
  • Reviews necessary information collected and patient nutrition and caloric needs calculated during intake process, to continue nutrition support in the home in accordance with Company policy and practice standards.
  • Participates in the development, documentation, and implementation of nutrition care plans and provides nutrition education and guidance to patients, caregivers and clinical staff.
  • Communicates patient learning needs and findings to health care team members, including other clinicians, customer service staff, home health agency and physician/referral source, as appropriate.
  • Maintains current and appropriate levels of communication with physician, home health agency and/or referrer regarding patient status and appropriateness of current prescription.
  • On an on-going basis, monitors patient progress toward collaborative home nutrition goals.
  • Monitors and evaluates outcomes of nutrition intervention.
  • Monitors and evaluates patient competence and compliance with all self-care, including procedures and infection control; reeducates as necessary, and documents/communicates the need for reeducation. 
  • Appropriately documents patient care activity, dietitian services provided, and all communication with patient and physician.
  • Reviews documentation for accuracy, completeness and compliance with Company policy and procedure for electronic and paper patient clinical Dietitian record entries. 
  • Conducts ongoing chart review per policy. 
  • Forwards required documentation to physician, payors, and referral sources within policy or contractually stated timelines.
  • Facilitates the transition of enteral support to oral diet, as appropriate.
  • Collaborates or assists with transition of care when insurance coverage necessitates a change in home care provider to ensure continuity of care.
  • Works with the revenue management department to ensure prescriptions and clinical chart documentation contain all necessary information for prompt payment.
  • Participates in education and training conferences on home nutrition care. 
  • Participates in training sessions of sales personnel marketing the nutrition program.  May assist sales personnel in clinical aspects of marketing home nutrition programs.
  • Keeps abreast of evidence-based recommendations and guidelines for nutrition.

 

OTHER DUTIES

  • Performs other duties as required.

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • N/A

Minimum Required Qualifications

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

Education and/or Experience

  • B.S. degree in Food/Nutrition or Dietetics is required
  • At least one year related experience is required

 

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Professional Designations

  • Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association
  • Maintains required license and/or certification in accordance with state licensure requirements and CDR, as applicable
  • Must get licensed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration in 2 or more additional states after the date of hire.

 

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES

  • Experience with Microsoft Office

 

Language Skills

  • English (reading, writing, verbal)

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Professional Designations

  • A.S.P.E.N. certification is preferred

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the duties of this job, the employee uses his/her hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, or crouch; talk or hear.  The employee uses computer and telephone equipment.  Specific vision requirements of this job include close vision and distance vision.  Must be able to travel by plane and automobile (if applicable).

 

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

While performing the duties of this job, the employee rarely is exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

 

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described above are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EEO Statement

As an EOE/AA employer, Apria Healthcare is committed to providing all applicants and employees with equal access to employment opportunities, regardless of sex, race, age, color, national origin, disability, pregnancy, religion, genetic information, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  Apria Healthcare shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of protected veteran status or disability, and require affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. AA/EOE, M/F/Disability and Vet

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