Patient Financial Advocate
Posted on: March 16, 2023
Under the general supervision and within established hospital and departmental policies and procedures to serve as a liaison between Lifespan Rheumatology patient and family members to determine the patients portion of medical expenses and ascertain develop and secure resources which may be available to patient and family members for the resolution of medical expenses incurred. Obtains and verifies coverage authorizations for referrals medications and procedures ensuring financial clearance from insurance companies have been received as well as coordinating the insurance denial process.
Assumes an advocacy role with patients and or families and their surrogates regarding the resolution of outstanding patient accounts. Arranges and negotiates payment conditions and plans and advises and counsels patients regarding available resources from which payments can be made.
Interviews patients and family members relative to their financial and dependency status or other factors which may help promote eligibility for medical assistance or other state and federal programs.
Secures legal counsel and aid for patients and families. Assists patients in obtaining documentation necessary to apply for public assistance. Assists patients with fair hearing appeals if denied public assistance.
Maintains a continuing review of files records and other forms of documentation on state and federal programs and regulations.
Verifies patient insurance coverage (both primary and secondary) online or by telephone.
Obtains and verifies coverage authorizations for scheduled and unscheduled patients to include all sources such as Workers Compensation Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Medicare liability liens etc.
Establishes level of insurance benefits and expected payment for selected services. Determines the patients portion of payment when applicable and communicates to patient.
Ensures referrals are obtained and confirms accuracy of the Primary Care Physician (PCP).
Reviews variety of reports and records to ensure that referrals and pre-authorizations from insurance companies have been received.
Confirms patient eligibility with insurance carriers and obtains visit authorizations as necessary.
Contacts third party payers to obtain pre-authorizations in accordance with established policies.
Collaborates with physicians and mid-level providers to schedule peer-to-peer discussions to obtain prior authorization of services denied by the patients insurance.
Coordinates all information for managing insurance denials.
Collaborates with various Lifespan personnel to resolve billing issues prior-authorizations denials and insurance denials/write-offs.
Regularly participates in business team meetings with staff and management to make recommendations where there are perceived problems.
Performs other duties as required to support the operations of the department including but not limited to registering patients scheduling appointments scanning and faxing documents.
Knowledge of third-party coverage prior authorization process referrals etc. Current knowledge of state and federal resources available for needy and disabled including familiarity with forms and documents necessary to file appeals on denied claims.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with patients family members Lifespan employees third party payers and state and federal representatives and other government service agencies.
Ability to operate a computer to access information and to prepare and maintain related records and reports.
Possess strong medical terminology knowledge and clear knowledge of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and registration information.
Strong organizational skills to effectively plan direct and manage high volume of orders requiring prior authorization.
Analytical skills to evaluate effectiveness of workflow make recommendations for change and to develop review and evaluate various records and reports.
Two years progressively responsible experience in health care with a heavy emphasis in one or more of the following areas: patient care environment health care operations database management prior authorizations referrals documentation and departmental operations. Knowledge of coding in a healthcare environment is a plus.
Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills and a focus for detail is needed.
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Sitting for long periods of time at a workstation utilizing a computer and telephone. May have to do light walking. Ability to lift up to ten pounds.
Performs independently within the departments policies and practices. Refers specific complex problems to the supervisor when clarification of departmental policies and procedures are required.
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: Lifespan Physician Group Inc. USA:RI:Providence
Work Type: Part Time
Shift: Shift 1
Keywords: Lifespan, Providence , Patient Financial Advocate, Other , Providence, Rhode Island
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