OVERVIEW OF POSITION:
Responsible for maintaining and managing the internal and external utilization processes in a timely and accurate manner consistent with Optum’s policies and procedures as described in the Utilization Management Plan.
Consistently exhibits behavior and communication skills that demonstrate Optum’s commitment to superior customer service, including quality, care and concern with each and every internal and external customer.
Performs effective prospective and concurrent review of requested services according to established guidelines and timeframes.
Documents members’ service benefits by contacting the appropriate health plans as needed.
Directs providers/members to contracted provider network and facilities.
Processes appropriate authorizations for HMO/PPO clients as specified in the Optum procedures.
Prints and mails authorizations to providers, patients, HMOs and facilities as needed.
Assists and monitors in the processing of referrals. Enters, updates and closes referrals daily while assuring that appropriate internal/external referral providers are utilized, members are eligible and have benefits coverage, correct CPT/ICD-9 codes have been entered, accurate records of all dates and other required fields are entered, supporting clinical data for the referrals is entered, and all urgent referrals are processed within the designated timeframe.
Processes referrals for durable medical equipment and coordinates home health services according to established policies, procedures and guidelines.
Processes elective surgical requests including the coordination of surgery dates and notification of inpatient team, Hospitalist or Care Manager when appropriate.
Coordinates, identifies and routes referrals that require review to licensed Care Management staff who arranges outside physician medical review as appropriate.
Acts as a resource to other coordinators, staff and providers by resolving issues and responding to requests in a timely and effective manner.
Works with Patient Services regarding member concerns.
Processes referrals for inter-facility transfers using pre-established guidelines.
Processes after-hours emergency/urgent care logs/lists as needed.
Collects and prepares medical records for review when appropriate or as requested.
Assists with answering telephones and maintaining files, logs or other reports.
Uses, protects, and discloses Optum patients’ protected health information (PHI) only in accordance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards.
Performs additional duties as assigned. EDUCATION:
High school diploma, G.E.D. or equivalent. Includes special certification required for specific jobs. EXPERIENCE: Minimum:
Over 1 year and up to and including 3 years of experience. Preferred:
3 to 5 years experience in a health care setting.
2 years referrals management or related experience.
If you need to enter a work site for any reason, you will be required to screen for symptoms using the ProtectWell mobile app, Interactive Voice Response (i.e., entering your symptoms via phone system) or a similar UnitedHealth Group-approved symptom screener. Employees must comply with any state and local masking orders. In addition, when in a UnitedHealth Group building, employees are expected to wear a mask in areas where physical distancing cannot be attained.
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