CareFirst Careers

Clinical Navigator - NICU/Peds (Hybrid/Onsite)

Resp & Qualifications



The NICU/Peds Clinical Navigator (RN) manages the timely and smooth transition from inpatient care to home or other levels of care utilizing experience and skills in both case management and utilization management including proficiency in established guidelines to determine medical necessity, appropriate level of care, and case management to engage members/enrollees, their families and other support systems in discharge planning. The role will function as a liaison (onsite at a health system in Baltimore and occasional weekend work may be required) with the hospital care team including case managers, social workers and discharge planners to ensure CareFirst members/enrollees receive the appropriate level of care and partner to address any potential barriers to discharge. Candidate's primary residence within the greater Baltimore Metropolitan area. The candidate may also be required to come to the CareFirst office location periodically for meetings, training or other business-related activities.  


  • Utilize clinical expertise and critical thinking skills to analyze available clinical information, electronic medical records (EMRs), benefit contracts, mandates, medical policy, evidence based published research, national accreditation and regulatory requirements to aid in determination of appropriateness and authorization of inpatient clinical services. Engages onsite and/or telephonically with member, family and providers to identify key strategic interventions, discharge planning and coordination to address members medical, behavioral and/or social determinant of health needs to promote a safe transition to the appropriate level of care and/or home.

  • Collaborates with CareFirst medical directors and participates in internal case rounds/discussions to determine appropriate course of action and level of care. Applies sound clinical knowledge and judgment throughout the review process. Follows member benefit contracts to assist with benefit determination.

  • Makes appropriate referrals to other Care Management programs as appropriate for chronic, long term care coordination.


Education Level: Bachelor's Degree in Nursing OR in lieu of a Bachelor's degree, an additional 4 years of relevant work experience is required in addition to the required work experience.

Licenses/Certifications Upon Hire Required:
RN - Registered Nurse - Active State Licensure And/or Compact State Licensure RN- Registered Nurse in MD, VA or Washington, DC.

Experience: 5 years clinically related experience working in Care Management, Home Health, Discharge Coordination and/or Utilization Review.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • NICU/Peds experience.
  • Knowledge and experience with Milliman Care Guidelines.
  • Experience working with both employer group membership and Medicare/Medicaid enrollees and benefits contracts.
  • CCM certification.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to engage in a member facing environment (in-person or telephonically) while at the same time building. relationships and partnerships with hospital care team and alternative care deliver partners to meeting member/enrollee needs.
  • Strong clinical documentation skills along with the ability to type on a computer keyboard with ease and speed.
  • Proficient in the use of web-based technology and Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel and Power Point.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to judge appropriateness of member services and treatments on a case-by-case basis.
  • Knowledge of clinical standards of care and disease process and national, evidence based clinical guidelines and hospital operations.
  • Knowledge of available community resources and programs.
  • Basic understanding of the strategic and financial goals of a health care system, payer organization, health plan and/or health insurance operations (e.g. networks, eligibility, benefits).

Salary Range: $69,768 - $138,567

Travel Requirements:  Travel to assigned hospital or CareFirst locations.

Salary Range Disclaimer

The disclosed range estimate has not been adjusted for the applicable geographic differential associated with the location at which the work is being performed. This compensation range is specific and considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilites of the position, the candidate's work experience, education/training, internal peer equity, and market and business consideration. It is not typical for an individual to be hired at the top of the range, as compensation decisions depend on each case's facts and circumstances, including but not limited to experience, internal equity, and location. In addition to your compensation, CareFirst offers a comprehensive benefits package, various incentive programs/plans, and 401k contribution programs/plans (all benefits/incentives are subject to eligibility requirements).


Maryland Inpatient Onsite

Equal Employment Opportunity

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is an Equal Opportunity (EEO) employer.  It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Where To Apply

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Federal Disc/Physical Demand

Note:  The incumbent is required to immediately disclose any debarment, exclusion, or other event that makes him/her ineligible to perform work directly or indirectly on Federal health care programs.


The associate is primarily seated while performing the duties of the position.  Occasional walking or standing is required.  The hands are regularly used to write, type, key and handle or feel small controls and objects.  The associate must frequently talk and hear.  Weights up to 25 pounds are occasionally lifted.

Sponsorship in US

Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without Sponsorship


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