Healthcare Advocate - Field Based Role in Augusta, GA
Optum is a global organization that delivers care, aided by technology to help millions of people live healthier lives. The work you do with our team will directly improve health outcomes by connecting people with the care, pharmacy benefits, data and resources they need to feel their best. Come make an impact on the communities we serve as we help advance health equity on a global scale. Here, you will find talented peers, comprehensive benefits, a culture guided by diversity and inclusion, career growth opportunities and your life's best work.(sm)
Functioning independently, our Healthcare Advocate will travel across an assigned territory to meet with providers to discuss Optum tools and programs focused on improving the quality of care for Medicare Advantage, Marketplace and Medicaid Members.
This role will be out in the field 75% of time with a 3-hour radius of the Augusta, GA market and may have rare occasions of overnight travel.
- Utilizing data analysis, identify and target providers who would benefit from our coding, documentation and quality training and resources
- Establish positive, long-term, consultative relationships with physicians, medical groups, IPAs and hospitals
- Develop comprehensive, provider-specific plans to increase their RAF performance and improve their coding specificity
- Manage end-to-end Risk and Quality Client Programs such as Healthcare Patient Assessment Form on ensuring correct delivery of data/forms to the correct providers, and the return of the data to coding ops, ensuring accurate payments are occurring for each provider based on client contract
- Consult with provider groups on gaps in documentation and coding
- Provide feedback on EMR/EHR systems where it is causing issues in meeting CMS standards of documentation and coding
- Partner with a multi-disciplinary team to implement prospective programs as directed by Market Consultation leadership
- Assists providers in understanding the Medicare quality program as well as CMS-HCC Risk Adjustment program as it relates to payment methodology and the importance of proper chart documentation of procedures and diagnosis coding
- Assist providers in understanding quality and CMS-HCC Risk Adjustment driven payment methodology and the importance of proper chart documentation of procedures and diagnosis coding
- Supports the providers by ensuring documentation supports the submission of relevant ICD -10 codes and CPT2 procedural information in accordance with national coding guidelines and appropriate reimbursement requirements
- Provides ICD10 - HCC coding training to providers and appropriate office staff as needed
- Develops and presents coding presentations and training to large and small groups of clinicians, practice managers and certified coders developing training to fit specific provider's needs
- Develops and delivers diagnosis coding tools to providers
- Trains physicians and other staff regarding documentation, billing and coding and provides feedback to physicians regarding documentation practices
- Provides measurable, actionable solutions to providers that will result in improved accuracy for documentation and coding practices
- Collaborates with doctors, coders, facility staff and a variety of internal and external personnel on a wide scope of Risk Adjustment and Quality education efforts
- Assist in collecting charts where necessary for analysis
You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.
- Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Healthcare or relevant field) or 5+ years of equivalent work experience
- 5+ years of experience working in a provider office or setting
- Experience working with medical providers
- Knowledge of ICD10, HEDIS and Stars
- Proficiency in MS Office (Excel (Pivot tables, excel functions), PowerPoint and Word)
- Able to work effectively with common office software, coding software, EMR and abstracting systems
- Ability the travel up to 75% of the time within the Augusta, GA market
- Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential job function of this role. Candidates located in states that mandate COVID-19 booster doses must also comply with those state requirements. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination, and boosters when applicable, prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation
- Certified Professional Coder / CPC-A; equivalent certifications acceptable
- CRC certification
- 4+ years of clinic or hospital experience and/or managed care experience
- 1+ years of coding performed at a health care facility
- Experience in Risk Adjustment and HEDIS/Stars
- Experience in management position in a physician practice
- Nursing background i.e. LPN, RN, NP
- Knowledge of EMR for recording patient visits
- Knowledge of billing/claims submission and other related actions
To protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients and communities we serve, UnitedHealth Group and its affiliate companies require all employees to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status prior to beginning employment. In addition, some roles and locations require full COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as an essential job function. UnitedHealth Group adheres to all federal, state and local COVID-19 vaccination regulations as well as all client COVID-19 vaccination requirements and will obtain the necessary information from candidates prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Failure to meet the vaccination requirement may result in rescission of an employment offer or termination of employment
Careers with Optum. Our objective is to make health care simpler and more effective for everyone. With our hands at work across all aspects of health, you can play a role in creating a healthier world, one insight, one connection and one person at a time. We bring together some of the greatest minds and ideas to take health care to its fullest potential, promoting health equity and accessibility. Work with diverse, engaged and high-performing teams to help solve important challenges.
Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.
UnitedHealth Group is a drug - free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.