Patient Services Associate
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Title: Patient Services Associate
Organization: CPUP - Pennsylvania Hospital Farm Journal Building
Location: Pennsylvania Hospital - 800 Spruce St
Hours: Full time regular
Summary: The Patient Services Associate (PSA) assists the practice/department in maintaining a patient/customer focus, supports the delivery of high quality care, shares a passion for patient and customer-centered care, and assists in meeting or exceeding patient satisfaction and financial/operational targets.
The PSA is responsible for the arrival and/or departure activities of patients in the practice, managing and handling patient calls and inquiries, coordinating patient appointments, updating patient insurance/billing information, and performing point of service activities.
The PSA may function in a physician practice or a call center environment. Rotation between PSA functions and/or departments may be required.
- Strives to create and maintain a culture of safety and service excellence through the following accountabilities:
- Greets and interacts with patients in a pleasant and professional manner, on phone or in person.
- Listens carefully and communicates clearly with patients to ensure understanding of patient’s request. Analyzes problems from the customer’s point of view.
- Learns/anticipates the individual patient/customer needs and does the best possible job of satisfying those needs using the best solutions. Documents needs, as appropriate, in EPIC.
- Establishes positive relationships with patients by demonstrating knowledge of patient history, compassion and responding to individual needs.
- Handles stressful patient/customer situations appropriately and delivers seamless patient/customer service.
- Ensure patient/family confidentiality, safety and security.
- Identifies opportunities to improve the patient experience, including areas identified in patient satisfaction surveys.
- Ensures communication and collaboration with clinical staff and fellow co-workers to serve patients to the best of his/her ability.
- Shows initiative, sets priorities, organizes tasks, and works independently and as part of a team while completing daily tasks.
- Participates in Entity and Department wide initiatives for Patient /Employee safety
- Demonstrates an awareness of patient/ employee safety when carrying out daily responsibilities of their position.
- Takes accountability for ensuring patient/work areas are neat and clean.
- Orders supplies, as requested, for practice/department.
- As per practice/department protocols and/or measurements: answer phones/retrieve voicemails in a timely manner, manage/handle patient requests and route appropriately, take thorough messages and route appropriately through EPIC.
- Schedule patient appointments (on phone or in person) accurately and completely:
- Utilizes knowledge of schedules and protocols
- Uses proper billing area/appointment location
- Cancels/reschedules appointments as needed and changes appointment status in EPIC
- Communicates changes to patient and confirms appointments.
- If scheduling patients via telephone, remind patient what to bring to appointment (insurance card, test results, referrals, etc.). Encourages patients, as appropriate, to sign up for My Penn Medicine.
- Responsible for arriving/departing activities of patient at practice and performs point of service activities
- obtains insurance cards, copays, signatures/forms, referrals/authorizations as required and updates EPIC accordingly finalizes all check-out procedures as per practice protocol
- Communicates with patients regarding patient flow and wait times – keeps manager aware of potential issues as they arise.
- Issues referrals and obtains pre-authorizations for patients as required
- Successfully navigate and resolve EPIC work queues – escalate as needed
- Perform other duties as requested or assigned.
- Maintains up to date knowledge of insurance requirements pertinent to patient service and billing procedures: including basic knowledge of all managed care plans UPHS participates with and which insurers require a copayment or referral.
- Achieves proficiency in automated systems; such as EPIC APM and EMR (including inbasket), hospital based EMRs (where necessary), Navinet, credit card machines, IPayment, etc.
- Validates patient demographic/insurance information and/or registers new patients into EPIC using established protocols
- Validates financial responsibility prior to service utilization and completes an accurate financial interview at time of registration
- Records receipts according to practice protocol so as to ensure appropriate end of day reconciliation. Participates in cash reconciliation delineations.
- Generates/runs reports, as requested, related to front-end processes
- Resolve work queues and/or issues from front-end reports which may include the patient pre & post visit, charge review, and others as requested. Proactively prioritizes recovery of missing charges.
- Regulatory Compliance: Complies with educational and training requirements at prescribed intervals (via Knowledge Link and/or other methods as required).
- Ensures compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulatory standards (ex TJC, DOH, FDA, HIPAA, HCFA, DPW, LCGME, SCGME, etc)
- Change Management: Flexible and readily adopts new processes and is engaged in practice operation changes.
- Other duties as assigned to support the unit, department, entity, and health system organization.
- Thorough knowledge of third party insurance coverage guidelines preferred.
- Must successfully complete/pass EPIC schedgistration training/tests.
- Computer knowledge and skills required.
- Ability to speak English for a business setting.
- Customer-focused communication skills (verbal/written) required.
- Critical thinking and multi-tasking skills required.
- EMR skills preferred.
Education or Equivalent Experience:
- High school diploma or GED required; 2 or 4 year college degree preferred.
- 2-3 years of medical office experience, or 4 years of customer service experience, required.
- Advanced degree (Associates, Bachelors, Masters) may be considered in lieu of experience.
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