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Outpatient Services Rep LEP

Company: Rhode Island Hospital
Location: Providence
Posted on: March 16, 2023

Job Description:

Under general supervision and according to established policies and procedures, schedules outpatient clinic appointments; receives, interviews and registers patients and prepares related paper and electronic records. As needed, provides customer assistance to patients with limited-English proficiency (LEP) through use of second language skills (non-English) to explain basic information regarding clinic policies and procedures, billing procedures and to assist in completing registration and related forms. Recognizes need for more specialized interpretation required of patient and family and requests same through from the Hospitals internal and external interpreter services. Performs duties associated with preparation of patient records; registration and pre-registration activities; problem resolution; appointment scheduling; and, co-payment preparation and collection. In addition, ancillary duties performed provide tracking and status of follow-up care as it pertains to specific diagnostic coding, billing/payment resolution, and generation of system reports, which reflect scheduling activities.

Schedules outpatient clinic appointments for patients through the use of the hospital's electronic scheduling system. This includes establishing the appointment type, specific

provider clinic, and appointment time. Schedules follow-up appointment using the on-line scheduling system.

Mails informational material to new patients in advance of scheduled appointments. As necessary, contacts agencies outside the Hospital to obtain pertinent patient information and to coordinate clinic/treatment programs. Contacts third party payors to obtain required pre-authorizations in accordance with established policies

May schedule appointments for patients who need lab work, diagnostic imaging or referral to other medical providers. Refers technical/clinical inquiries to appropriate personnel. Utilizes the on-line billing system to enter diagnosis/service codes from encounter sheets. This includes accurately entering the appropriate code in the hospital's billing system.

Obtains and organizes medical records for use by physicians and nurses. Ensures patient's file is complete prior to treatment/clinic visit including appropriate records, lab test results and x-rays. Evaluates file prior to schedule visit and follows up with other Hospital departments to obtain missing data

Acts as an outpatient center receptionist. Makes telephone calls to patients as appointment reminders. Answers incoming calls. Returns phone calls to patients, physician offices and other medical providers such as laboratory and radiology facilities. Greets arriving patients and verifies pertinent information and physician using the online billing system. Orients patients to the specific outpatient center as a hospital-based service. Interacts effectively with patients and their family members to provide mature, quality customer service.

Uses non-English language skills and oral communications to provide high level of culturally appropriate customer service to those patients and families who have limited English proficiency, explaining clinic procedures, obtaining demographic and financial information in order to complete registration and related forms and records.

Is familiar with the role of the interpreter in providing more specialized medical-related translation and interpretation skills, calling upon those services as appropriate in order to address more complex needs of the patient and family members. Contacts the Hospitals interpreter services and/or the automated language assistance line to request additional support as necessary.

Completes pre-registration and registration process using the on-line billing system. Verifies demographic data, insurance authorization information, co-pays and physician. Collects co-payments and provides patients with receipts. Produces registration cards

using the on-line system and card embosser. Photocopies front and back of insurance card. Confirms patient eligibility with insurance carriers and obtains visit authorizations

Ensures all coding and billing duties are performed in accordance with department policies and procedures. Using the on-line billing system, enters diagnosis codes/service codes as indicated on encounter sheets. Verifies the appropriateness of the diagnostic code prior to entering in the billing system, recognizing errors or omissions and follows up with appropriate clinic personnel to resolve. Interacts with patients and representatives in patient financial services in order to resolve billing issues, including denials. Appropriately refers patients to patient advocate for financial counseling.

Prepares and maintains related reports using both the online scheduling and billing systems

May respond to telephone calls/inquiries by rotating into a centralized setting (i.e., a call room).

Performs all duties in accordance with the Hospitals mission, the defined role of ambulatory care and defined administrative/clerical rules, procedures and policies.

Other information:

High School Diploma or equivalent.

Effective oral and written communication skills, including specific, non-English fluency as spoken by clinic clientele and/or population serviced.


Six to twelve months related clerical experience, preferably in a high-volume clinic setting, with demonstrated familiarity with on-line computer data entry/access procedures, medical terminology and clinic billing processes.

Experience should demonstrate high level of customer service, cultural sensitivity and effective oral and written communications skills in English and a specified second language.


Walking, sitting, standing throughout the day in clinic setting.


Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ancestry, genetics, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran or marital status. Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Location: Rhode Island Hospital, USA:RI:Providence

Work Type: Full Time

Shift: Shift 1

Union: IBT

Keywords: Rhode Island Hospital, Providence , Outpatient Services Rep LEP, Other , Providence, Rhode Island

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