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Consumer Access Spec Lead Full time Days

Company: AdventHealth
Location: Ocala
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:


Description

Consumer Access Specialist (Patient Registration) Day AdventHealth Ocala

Location Address: 1500 SW 1st Ave Ocala, Florida 34471

Top Reasons To Work At AdventHealth Ocala

  • Horse Capital of the World
  • Driving distance to Gainesville, St. Augustine, Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota
  • Part of the community since 1898, providing healthcare to Marion County for over 120 years
  • Florida Hospital Ocala offers a broad spectrum of services, with programs that are nationally recognized and accredited
  • Spectacular springs throughout the county

Work Hours/Shift:

Full Time Day 7:00am - 7:00pm weekend included

YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A RESUME WITH YOUR APPLICATION!

You Will Be Responsible For:

General Duties:

  • Proactively seeks assistance to improve any responsibilities assigned to their role
  • Accountable for maintaining a working relationship with clinical partners to ensure open communications between clinical, ancillary, and patient access departments, which enhances the patient experience
  • Provides timely and continual coverage of assigned work area in order to offer prompt patient service and availability for all clinical partner registration needs. Arranges relief coverage during extended time away from assigned registration area
  • Meets and exceeds productivity standards determined by department leadership
  • Meets attendance and punctuality requirements. Maintains schedule flexibility to meet department needs. Exhibits effective time management skills by monitoring time and attendance to limit use of unauthorized overtime 
  • If applicable to facility, provides coverage for PBX (Switchboard) as needed, which includes: full shifts, breaks, and any scheduled/ unscheduled coverage requirements
  • If applicable to facility, maintains knowledge of PBX (Switchboard), which includes: answering phones, transferring calls or providing alternative direction to the caller, paging overhead codes, and communicating effectively with clinical areas to ensure code coverage. If applicable to facility, knowledge of alarm systems and protocols and expedites code phone response. Maintains knowledge of security protocol
  • Actively attends department meetings and promotes positive dialogue within the team
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Insurance Verification/Authorization:

  • Minimizes duplication of medical records by using problem-solving skills to verify patient identity through demographic details
  • Registers patients for all services (i.e. emergency room, outpatient, inpatient, observation, same day surgery, outpatient in a bed, etc.) and achieves the department specific goal for accuracy
  • Responsible for registering patients by obtaining critical demographic elements from patients (e.g., name, date of birth, etc.)
  • Confirms whether patients are insured and, if so, gathers details (e.g., insurer name, plan subscriber)
  • Performs Medicare compliance review on all applicable Medicare accounts in order to determine coverage. Identifies patients who may need Medicare Advance Beneficiary Notices of Noncoverage (ABNs). Issues ABN forms as needed
  • Performs eligibility check on all Medicare inpatients to determine HMO status and available days. Communicates any outstanding issues with Financial Counselors and/or case management staff
  • Completes Medicare Secondary Payer Questionnaire for Medicare beneficiaries
  • Properly identifies patients, ensures armband accuracy, inputs demographics information, and secures the required forms to ensure compliance with regulatory policies
  • Ensures patient accounts are assigned the appropriate payor plans
  • Ensures all financial assessments, eligibility, and benefits are updated and thorough to support post care financial needs. Uses utmost caution that obtained benefits, authorizations, and pre-certifications are correct and as accurate as possible to avoid rejections and/or denials. Maintains a current and thorough knowledge of utilizing online eligibility pre-certification tools made available
  • Delivers excellent customer service by contacting patients to inform them of authorization delays 48 hours prior to their date of service and answers all questions and concerns patients may have regarding authorization status
  • Ensures consistent monitoring of interdepartmental tracking tools to proactively identify patients that require registration to be completed.
  • Thoroughly documents all conversations with patients and insurance representatives in the appropriate fields in the registration conversation - including payer decisions, collection attempts, and payment plan arrangements
  • Coordinates with case management staff as necessary (e.g., when pre-authorization cannot be obtained for an inpatient stay).
  • Ensures patients have logistical information necessary to receive their services (e.g., appointment and time, directions to facility)

Payment Management:

  • Creates accurate estimates to maximize up-front cash collections and adds collections documentation where required
  • Calculates patients’ co-pays, deductibles, and co-insurance. Provides patients with personalized estimates of their financial responsibility based on their insurance coverage or eligibility for government programs prior to service for both inpatient and outpatient services
  • Advises patients of expected costs and collects payments or makes appropriate payment agreements in adherence to the AdventHealth TOS Collection Policy
  • Attempts to collect patient cost-sharing amounts (e.g., co-pays, deductibles) and outstanding balances before service. Establishes payment plan arrangements for patients per established AdventHealth policy; clearly communicates due dates and amount of each installment. Collects payment plan installments, out-of-pocket costs, outstanding previous balances, and any other applicable amount from patients per policy. Informs patients of any convenient payment options (e.g., portal, mobile apps) and follows deferral procedure as required
  • Connects patients with financial counseling or Medicaid eligibility vendor as appropriate
  • Contacts patient to advise them of possible financial responsibility and connects them with a financial counselor if necessary
  • Performs cashiering functions such as collections and cash reconciliation with accuracy in support of the pre-established legal and financial guidelines of AdventHealth when required
  • Discusses financial arrangements for newborn(s), informs patient of the timeframe for enrolling a newborn in coverage, provides any documentation or guidance for the patient to enroll their child prior to or after the anticipated delivery date, and communicates appropriate information to registration staff as needed

Quality Audits and Other Leadership Duties:

  • Assists department supervisor with quality audits as needed
  • Demonstrates leadership skills through mentoring staff and assisting with departmental training as needed
  • Contributes to a positive work environment. Is open to change and is sensitive to department and organization needs
  • Acts as a liaison to various departments as a knowledge leader
  • Utilizes knowledge of and performs and educates team members on Guest Services functions to ensure the smooth operation of the Guest Services/Information department if applicable
  • Works complex accounts and manages escalations from Consumer Access Representatives and Consumer Access Specialists
  • Assists with Human Resource functions, including evaluation, scheduling, and productivity
  • Communicates educational needs for improvement on performance, processes, and workflows to leadership via email, one-on-one, and/or team meetings
  • Leads monthly team meetings and team huddles
Qualifications

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Mature judgement in dealing with patients, physicians, and insurance representatives
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft programs and familiarity with database programs
  • Ability to operate general office machines such as computer, fax machine, printer, and scanner
  • Ability to effectively learn and perform multiple tasks, and organize work in a systematic and efficient fashion
  • Ability to communicate professionally and effectively, both verbally and written
  • Ability to adapt in ever changing healthcare environment
  • Ability to follow complex instructions and procedures, with a close attention to detail
  • Adheres to government guidelines such as CMS, EMTALA, and HIPAA and AdventHealth corporate policies
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Advanced understanding of insurance knowledge and benefits
  • Advanced understanding of hospital electronic medical report (EMR) system
  • Basic medical terminology
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak conversational English

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS PREFERRED:

    • Understanding of HIPAA privacy rules and ability to use discretion when discussing patient related information that is confidential in nature as needed to perform duties
    • Intermediate medical terminology
    • Bilingual – English/Spanish

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • One year of direct Patient Access experience  
  • One year of customer service experience
  • Prior collections experience
  • High School diploma or GED

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE PREFERRED:


This facility is an equal opportunity employer and complies with federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws, regulations and ordinances.

Keywords: AdventHealth, Ocala , Consumer Access Spec Lead Full time Days, Other , Ocala, Florida

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