Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System Patient Account Representative 3 - Hospital - FMOL - Business Office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Patient Accounts Specialist is a liaison to review and resolve complex Patient Accounts issues. The Patient Accounts Specialist may be responsible for the customer service, posting, billing and/or collection process of the Patient Accounts process. It is the responsibility of the incumbent(s) of this position to incorporate the Mission values and philosophy of the organization into the completion of all job duties. Relies on experience and judgment to accomplish responsibilities; Works under minimal supervision; Creativity is expected to perform job and may lead and direct the work of others
Provides support and acts as a team lead over patient charge posting, billing, and collection operation; assists with work-related problems and assists co-workers with patient account inquiries in a professional and considerate manner that promotes efficient departmental operation.
Promotes the quality and efficiency of his/her own performance through participation in staff educational programs, approved continuing education courses, and specialized skill training programs.
Provides quality training and orientation for assigned employees, informs co-workers of relevant departmental policies and procedures, allocates tasks to co-workers as needed, and implements and monitors departmental work schedules and duty assignments.
Assists with planning of and participates in internal and external meetings as a representative of the department serving as a subject matter expert and/or support with leading staff.
Anticipates and assists with the planning of mandatory and recommended training programs for professional development.
Promotes efficient departmental operations by monitoring controls to ensure appropriate submission, billing, and payment cycles and recommending/monitoring procedures for follow-up on third party approvals, billing, and collection for overdue accounts.
Performs follow-ups on unpaid claims by contacting intermediary or insurance carrier in order to ensure that patient is free from financial burden. Prepares a list of past due accounts for collection in order to ensure that legal and payer requirements are met and patient's interests are appropriately represented.
Works with insurance companies on provider contract agreements in order to ensure that correct adjustments to patient accounts are applied in a manner that best represents the financial interests of the patient.
Ensures Implementation of established billing and collection procedures and ensures that patient accounts receivable records comply with established policies and procedures in an effort to promote quality health care services and prudent hospital management.
Monitors accounts receivable and cash receipt functions, and keeps current on governmental third party and private insurance payer reimbursement billing procedures in an effort to ensure the proper and efficient handling of patient billing procedures.
Performs other duties as assigned or requested.
3 years previous office management, billing, or collection experience
Bachelor's Degree in related field substitutes 2 years’ experience
an Associate's Degree, trade school, or certification substitutes 1 year experience
Related fields defined as LPN, RN, Revenue Cycle, Accounting, Bookkeeping, Business, Billing or Coding.
High School or equivalent
Must obtain CMS certification within three (3) months of employment. Additional certification such as CPB (Billing) or CPC-P, AHIMA or RHIA must be obtained within (1) one year of employment.