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Houston Methodist Senior Patient Services Representative - Oncology (West Houston) in Houston, Texas

At Houston Methodist, the Senior Patient Services Representative is responsible for performing patient check in/check out functions and appointment scheduling to facilitate the patient visit experience. Responsibilities include performing more complex processes related to scheduling or other department related protocols and serving as a role model and mentor to less experienced staff. This position supports timely, accurate claims submission and may perform registration and/or other revenue cycle functions. Other duties include providing general operations assistance and/or patient service tasks specific to the scope of the department.

PEOPLE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Contributes to a positive work environment and to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the interprofessional health care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner.

  • Performs patient check in/check out functions. Obtains and inputs accurate scheduling and registration data to initiate financial clearance activities as needed. Performs more complex processes related to scheduling or other clinic related protocols.

  • Coordinates patient flow as directed with consistency, timeliness, and expert skill while meeting appropriate priority standards. Provides appropriate notification of issues that may result in service delays or denials. Handles add-ons, reschedules, and cancellations appropriately and as per department protocol.

  • Functions as a role model and mentor for less experienced staff and serves as the next level resolution source for problems.

SERVICE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Uses excellent communication skills (verbal, non-verbal, written) to facilitate providing the highest quality service during every patient, physician, guest, employee, or other encounter. Responds promptly to requests by staff, patients, physicians, and other members of the patient care team. Recognizes and responds appropriately to urgent/emergent situations per protocols.

  • Contributes to patient, employee and physician satisfaction as well as effective revenue cycle process.

  • Generates reports and assists with department correspondence. Provides other administrative assistance as directed.

QUALITY/SAFETY ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Serves as a liaison for the patient, medical staff, and third parties. Communicates to resolve patient access and quality service matters. Keeps open channels of communication with physician, patient, and service areas regarding action taken and resolution.

  • Enters patient and operational data into various database systems with a high level of thoroughness, accuracy and timeliness.

  • Ensures patient information is conveyed to others appropriately while complying with patient confidentiality and HIPAA regulations. May assist clinical staff as per scope of the treatment center.

FINANCE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Accurately records information when performing functions such as charge entry, registration, scheduling, insurance verification/coordination, or obtaining authorizations or referrals to ensure financial objectives are met. Conducts front end revenue cycle duties as directed. Educates patients and others regarding billing processes and potential financial responsibilities as necessary.

  • Organizes time effectively, minimizing incidental overtime, and sets priorities. Utilizes time between heavy workloads efficiently and helps other team members.

  • Uses department resources/equipment/supplies properly and efficiently. Participates in inventory management by taking action to ensure supply levels are adequate.

GROWTH/INNOVATION ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Displays initiative to improve job functions; offers suggestions to streamline process for efficient patient flow and other quality or service matters.

  • Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

EDUCATION

  • High School diploma or equivalent education (examples include: GED, verification of homeschool equivalency, partial or full completion of post-secondary education, etc.)

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Five years of experience to include three years experience in a related role within healthcare

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS - REQUIRED

  • N/A

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations

  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security

  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles

  • Strong customer service, phone and scheduling skills

  • Basic computer skills in word processing applications and ability to utilize software systems such as the electronic medical record

  • Knowledge of basic medical terminology

  • Ability to analyze and solve problems

  • Working knowledge of revenue cycle components and insurance requirements for reimbursement

SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

WORK ATTIRE

  • Uniform No

  • Scrubs No

  • Business professional Yes

  • Other (department approved) No

ON-CALL*

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. DIsaster, Severe Weather Events, etc) regardless of selection below.

  • On Call* No

TRAVEL

Travel specifications may vary by department

  • May require travel within the Houston Metropolitan area No

  • May require travel outside Houston Metropolitan area No

Company Profile:

Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group is an integral part of Houston Methodist’s overall strategy to become one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. Established as a nonprofit corporation certified by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, the Specialty Physician Group enables physicians to maintain autonomy with respect to clinical practice while growing their practice within an academic environment.

Houston Methodist is an equal opportunity employer inclusive of women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

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