Medical Office Specialist (UVA Pediatrics Culpeper)
Health Services Administrative | Full time | Culpeper, VA
Responsible for ensuring efficient administrative operations in coordination with leadership. Responsible for obtaining approval of professional and technical services which may include obtaining insurance referrals, procedure authorizations, or pre-certifications required for patients to receive physician services, medical procedures, equipment, supplies and medications.

  • Demonstrates exceptional customer service both for in-person and telephone activities.
  • Greets patients and visitors as well as other customers pleasantly and courteously in person and/or via phone call.
  • Maintains privacy during all interactions, including check-in.
  • Demonstrates ownership of own role in the customer experience and describes the impact their performance has on the overall patient satisfaction.
  • Prioritizes tasks to meet customer needs.
  • Optimizes listening skills to best address customer requests and needs.
  • Projects a professional image in appearance, demeanor, communication, and behavior.
  • Updates and engages patients/family if there are delays with the patient's experience as per department standards.
  • Answers telephones calls as per department standards.
  • Schedules and coordinates appointments with the correct provider using all appropriate information.
  • Utilizes existing decision based tools to facilitate securing the right appointment with the right medical provider or team.
  • Maintains competence in use of scheduling and web applications.
  • Schedules appointments appropriately and correctly, including right patient, to right provider, right amount of time, right type of visit, right information, and using the right process.
  • Requests records and/or sends to Health Information Services in a timely manner.
  • Obtains required demographic and insurance information and loads or verifies for each appointment scheduled.
  • Accurately completes required task and fields in pre-registration.
  • Creates patient no show and cancellation letters according to office policy. Calls to reschedule as appropriate.
  • Performs verification functions.
  • Obtains two patient identifiers consistently.
  • Verifies patient legal name including spelling before creating a new MRN.
  • Verifies PCP, and adds clinic provider when appropriate.
  • Updates or adds insurance information, including payer and subscriber when scheduling.
  • Correctly identifies the referring provider.
  • Collects payments and credits the correct account.
  • Prepares, verifies, and reconciles deposits daily per current policy.
  • Determines need for insurance referral prior to the visit and obtains as necessary.
  • Obtains waiver prior to service when an insurance referral is denied.
  • Demonstrates expected behaviors applicable to UPG, scheduling and registration system, and unit policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Utilizes electronic medical record functionality (e.g., inbox, telephone encounters, prescription requests, pools, letters, and documentation only) per department process guidelines.
  • Registration elements, including Medicare Secondary Payer Questionnaire (MSPQ), scanning of long-term signatures (LTS) and insurance cards, Advanced Beneficiary Notices (ABNs), waivers and financial screenings are completed when indicated and in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrates effective and accurate scheduling maintenance skills including following established processes including format and timelines.
  • Collaborates with appropriate help chain (e.g. supervisor/manager) to review requested schedule changes to ensure they meet clinic needs.
  • Uses the patient tracking system for the clinic correctly and in a timely manner.
  • Achieves expected metric targets applicable to schegistration.
  • Performs visit document activities accurately and timely.
  • Obtains records and ensures they are available for the visit.
  • Completes clinic chart prep procedures accurately and timely.
  • Prints medication lists and gives to the patient/family for review during check-in.
  • Prints the after visit summary and gives to the patient prior to departure.
  • Ensures that documents provided are approved, professional in appearance and current.
  • Ensures that documents sent to Health Information Services are appropriate and correctly labeled.
  • Assures that appropriate blocking and unblocking of schedules is handled per department procedure.
  • Demonstrates engagement in the work, team, and goals of the clinic.
  • Describes individual role and how it affects and enhances the work of the group.
  • Actions are supportive and meet or exceed patient/family/co-worker expectations by implementing the ASPIRE concept.
  • Accepts personal responsibility for role in patient satisfaction outcomes and demonstrates behaviors that promote improvement.
  • Willingly takes on or assists with other tasks as needed or requested completing them accurately and timely.
  • Other projects and/or assignments as directed.
  • Obtain referrals, authorizations and pre-certifications through a work queue process flow and EPIC lists to ensure required approvals are obtained within an established time standard.
  • Review and evaluate documentation of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) record to obtain medical necessity, clinical data for approvals.
  • Ensure referrals are attached to appointments, and the appropriate insurance information is documented. Research and update insurance carrier requirements as necessary.
  • Assess the documentation to assign appropriate CPT procedure and ICD code to accurately report the physician services.
  • Collaborate with referring and/or ordering provider across UVA departments to obtain information to support medical necessity and accurate coding.
  • Coordinate appointment and authorization information to in and out of network entities that provide care to include hospital systems, clinics, specialists, equipment suppliers, manufacturers, and pharmacies.
  • Communicate and coordinate with patient the scheduling of diagnostic and specialty appointments, tests, procedures, insurance coverage, and patient financial responsibility. Obtain as necessary waivers for non-covered services. Review financial assistance options as applicable.
  • Document in EMR all required and support information to ensure providers, insurance companies, pharmacies and staff have appropriate information to approve, provide care and perform accurate billing.
  • Collaborates with ordering provider, manager and staff to address denied authorizations. Facilitates discussion between provider and insurance company of request to change orders, appeal process, and peer-to-peer review. Completes form or electronic process for appealing denials per payer guidelines.
  • Manage verbal, electronic and written inquiries from pharmacists and providers regarding authorizations for prescribed medication.
  • Facilitate resolution of medication coverage issues and proactively address, research, and resolve issues to include early release, quantity and dosage, generic equivalent, and treatment options.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS


Education:

  • High School Diploma or GED

Experience:

  • Three years of relevant experience required. Customer service experience required.

Licensure:

  • None

Skills:

  • Basic knowledge of and experience utilizing a personal computer.
  • Basic word processing skills required.
  • Must have ability to learn and use telephone, facsimile and copy machine systems.
  • Understanding of human anatomy, medical terminology and procedures required.
  • Strong computer skills including use of Microsoft Office (Word and Excel), electronic mail, and EMR required.
  • Strong analytical, prioritization and organizational skills required.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS


Busy medical office environment. Daily work is accomplished with minimal direct supervision. Physical activity may include the ability to lift/push/pull 20 - 50 pounds, and would involve standing for prolonged periods of time, as well as frequently bending/stooping and walking. Physical hazards include potential exposure to body fluids and associated pathogens/infectious disease, as well as potential exposure to chemicals.


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