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Do you thrive in a fast-paced hospital environment? We are looking for a Patient Access Representative who can serve as a liaison between patient/family, payers, Healthcare Information Management, Patient Financial Services, and other health care team members. You’ll be asked to facilitate patient tracking and billing by obtaining/verifying accurate and complete demographic information, financially securing, and collecting out-of-pocket responsibility from guarantors to maximize hospital reimbursement.
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Job Duties & Responsibilities
- Maintain compliance with EMTALA, JCAHO, and all other hospital and government regulations applicable to the Admissions settings.
- Identify non-resource patients for possible eligibility for government resources and/or the Hospital’s charity program and refer these patients to a financial counselor
- Obtain, verify, and enter complete and accurate demographic information on all accounts to facilitate smooth processing through the revenue cycle
- Correctly follows the MPI process when changing clinically sensitive data (patient name, date of birth and gender) after a patient has been admitted
- Ensures all work queues are monitored and cleared on a daily basis, ensuring that all elements of the accounts are secured for billing.
- Financially secures all patient accounts to maximize hospital reimbursement in a customer service oriented fashion
- Verifies insurance benefits for all plans associated with patient, confirming the correct payor and plan is entered into the patient accounting system
- Obtains insurance referrals and/or authorizations as required by individual insurance plans, documenting authorization/referral numbers in the appropriate fields for accurate billing
- To provide the highest possible customer service, patients are pre-registered 2-10 working days in advance of appointment/admission
- Maximizes the efficiency and accuracy of the collection process by pursuing collections at the time of service
- Contacts patient/guarantor prior to date of service to inform them of estimated payment due at the time of service. Documents details of all successful and unsuccessful attempts at patient/guarantor contact
- Compares copay information on insurance card to account notes for accuracy
- Collects patient liability at time of service, documenting amount and method collected
- Provides complete and accurate documentation on each visit to ensure compliance with hospital and government regulations
- Maintains accurate statistics on own productivity as part of departmental tracking and quality improvement
- Provides excellent customer service at all times by effectively meeting customer needs, understanding who the customers are, and building quality relationships
Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including any booster dose(s) of the COVID-19 vaccine recommended by the Centers for Disease Control when eligible, is required for all employees at Texas Children’s, unless approved for a medical or religious exemption
- High School Diploma or equivalent
- 6 months experience as an admission representative/counselor performing all aspects of the registration process
- An Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree may be substituted for the experience
- Knowledge of patient access services and the overall effect on the revenue cycle
- A thorough understanding of various insurance plans, payor networks, government resources, and medical terminology
- Ability to demonstrate self-initiated work behaviors, problem solve, interact with a variety of people while always displaying professional courtesy, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and attention to detail
- Ability to use a networked computer that facilitates access to the Hospital’s patient accounting system and other query software for verification of insurance benefits – all while maintaining patient confidentiality
- Previous experience with patient registration preferred
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