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Patient Account Representative

Facility: CHS Services Location: Melville, NY Department: Patient Financial Services Category: Administrative / Business Support Schedule: Full Time Shift: Day shift Hours: 7:30AM - 3:30PM ReqNum: 6042161

At Catholic Health, our primary focus is the way we treat and serve our communities. We work collaboratively to provide compassionate care and utilize evidence based practice to improve outcomes – to every patient, every time. We are committed to caring for Long Island. Be a part of our team of healthcare heroes. Catholic Health is also proud to be voted one of Newsday's Top Places to Work on Long Island.

Under the direction of the Supervisor, the Patient Account Representative is responsible for accurate and timely hospital billing, follow up, collections, cash processing and customer service related activities.

Responsibilities:

  • Reviews hospital accounts assigned by system generated work-queues or reports to determine appropriate actions for moving accounts forward in the revenue cycle.  Performs those actions such as initiating phone calls, submitting website inquiries, writing letters of appeal to payers and inquiries to patients, recommend write-offs and adjustments, ensures that account balances are valued as per payers’ contracts, all in accordance with department policies and procedures.
  • Meets and/or exceeds productivity and quality standards as set forth in the department’s policies and procedures. 
  • Performs root cause analysis on accounts with a solutions focus; tracks trends and escalates carrier or revenue cycle system issues to the Team Lead and/or Supervisor.
  • Participates in projects and audits as directed by leadership; collects and assembles financial documents related to billing and payment to substantiate services and reimbursement.
  • Collaborates with internal departments, external vendors, and IT for issue resolution and operational effectiveness.
  • Regularly meets with Team Lead/Supervisor to discuss and resolve billing obstacles, reimbursement issue, and process improvements.
  • Monitor accounts for timely filing guidelines and prioritizes work accordingly. Ensures claims are compliant, meet payer requirements, and billing errors/ claim rejections are resolved timely so that financial losses are minimized.  Escalates and reports any delays in claims adjudication.
  • Assesses payments (or lack of) and adjustments for accuracy and timeliness.  Understands and reviews payer reimbursement systems/ contracts to establish accuracy in the A/R.  Reviews regulatory and contract updates to understand impacts to reimbursement from federal, state, and managed care payers.  Corrects transactions and transfers balances to responsible parties as necessary in addition to reporting and documenting on-going issues to management. 
  • Promotes and delivers positive patient experience and patient satisfaction
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Adheres to all organizational policies and procedures.

Skills:

  • Competent in a variety of patient accounting systems and associated applications.
  • Demonstrates strong knowledge of third party operations and reimbursement structures.
  • Knowledgeable in medical terminology, CPT, HCPCS, and ICD10 coding used in healthcare.
  • Ability to work independently, exercising good judgment, and multi-task in a high stress, fast-paced, and ever-changing service environment with patients, patient’s family, insurance carriers, and leadership.
  • Detail-oriented with solid analytical problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills to communicate effectively with payers, patients, and colleagues.
  • Excellent communication skills including oral and written comprehension/ expression.
  • Ability to maintain professional conduct and good working relationships with staff, management, and payers.
  • Microsoft Office proficiency, subject to testing.
  • Ability to comply with procedural guidelines and instructions and to solicit assistance when situations arise that deviate from the usual and customary.

Experience:        

A minimum of two years' experience in healthcare billing, healthcare customer service, or a related field required.

EHR experience (Epic preferred)

Physical Demands:

  • Required to sit for long periods of time interspersed with standing, walking and bending.
  • Excellent verbal and auditory skills are required for communicating with internal staff, customers and representatives from external departments and agencies.
  • Near vision acuity is required for maintaining patient accounts and computer work.

At Catholic Health your well-being comes first, with comprehensive compensation and benefits; our offerings go beyond the basics. In addition to multiple medical plans, life insurance, generous paid time off and flexible spending accounts, we also offer substantial tuition reimbursement, an employer funded pension plan and several savings plan options for your future.

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