Resp & Qualifications
This position reports to the Utilization Review Manager. Primary accountabilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Manages the delegation of assignments and supervises UR associates. Routinely assesses and evaluates UR associate workloads/functions for compliance to process and standards, appropriateness in quality of work and productivity. Assists/directs handling of complex cases to ensure appropriateness for documentation and inclusion of other internal departments, including but not limited to Physician Reviewers, Central Appeals, etc. Collaborates and acts as a resource to UR staff and other internal customers regarding UR process, including, but not limited to, benefit contracts, coordination of care, adverse decisions, problem solving, or development of interdepartmental work flows. Performs Utilization Review when coverage warrants.
Provides mentoring and guidance to develop, expand and improve associates’ skills and expertise. Conducts individual and regular staff meetings to maintain ongoing communication. Conducts inter-rater reviews, providing feedback on a quarterly basis or more often as indicated by performance. Ensures that UR associates have the information and resources needed to accomplish their assignments. Works with UR Supervisors and/or trainer to coordinate the orientation program for new associates, including evaluation of new associate performance as per UR policy/procedures.
Actively participates in the development, design, and implementation of utilization review processes and procedures or new CareFirst programs as assigned by Manager. Maintains UR policies and procedures to ensure UR process and goals are supported; this includes an annual review of policies and procedures. Maintains current knowledge of regulatory and/or accreditation standards. Ensures that the required elements for the standards are current and incorporated in the UR process. Performs projects or other tasks as delegated. Uses/analyzes UR data to provide insight regarding trends, staffing, case load ratio, etc., that could impact the UR process. Performs projects or other tasks as delegated.
Communicates in a timely manner to Manager appropriate information including, but not limited to, customer/case issues, reports, trends/variances, action plans, etc. Meets routinely with peers, staff and/or Manager to communicate/update as pertinent. Acts as a liaison with external customers to ensure coordination of care and services as appropriate for effective management of benefits and quality of care. Plans and implements meetings with provider community to proactively facilitate change, improve service and coordinate UR activities.
Required: This position requires an active RN license in the CareFirst region with five years of medical/surgical experience including, but not limited to, inpatient care, outpatient/home care and hospice care, three years experience reviewing patient medical care and one year in a supervisory role or equivalent work experience in team leadership, training or project management. Thorough knowledge of accreditation standards and federal/state regulations and general principles relating to utilization review. Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office programs. Travel will be required in accordance with business needs unless otherwise directed by UR Management.
Abilities/Skills: Excellent oral and written communication skills, time management, and organizational management skills. Excellent analytical and problem solving skills; high level clinical competency. Ability to work independently and proactively or with others on a team. Professionally and effectively manage controversial or confrontational situations; positively interface with internal and external customers/providers.
Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in Nursing with one to two years of experience in managed care. Thorough knowledge of CareFirst clinical guidelines, medical policies and accreditation and regulatory standards relating to utilization review. Previous work experience within CareFirst Care Management. Working knowledge of CareFirst IT and Medical Management systems. Knowledge of Lotus Notes and expertise using Microsoft Office programs. Experience in claims review and in using, diagnosis and procedure codes.
Department: Preservice Review
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.
Hire Range Disclaimer
Actual salary will be based on relevant job experience and work history.
Where To Apply
Please visit our website to apply: www.carefirst.com/careers
Please apply before: 7/19/2018
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