Support Coordinator – Ambulatory Float Pool – Full Time 8 Hour Days (Non-Exempt) (Non-Union) – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The Support Coordinator will assist with all aspects of patient care. Coordinate clinic schedules, patient appointments and follow up. Answers patient phone calls, verify insurance benefits, prepare charts for clinic and prepare charge tickets for clinic visits. He/She will also coordinate scheduling of all surgeries and diagnostic testing for patients which include sending pre-op packets to patients with surgery instructions, prepare surgery charge tickets and compile letters of medical necessity. The Support Coordinator will assist with the office clerical duties. Other duties may include: assisting multidisciplinary team in managing the care of the patient’s thru all phases (In-take/Evaluation/Listed) by acting as a liaison between the clinic and referring physicians; assisting in managing follow-up care for post surgical patients by setting up follow up care appointments; and/or coordinating an organized and efficient case flow of clinic scheduling. Must work with any and every Physician.

Must be willing to travel throughout the Keck Medicine of USC Community (on campus, satellite practices to cover practice integrations, vacations, illnesses, holidays, and leave of absences. Hours may vary depending on assignments. Performs other duties as assigned.

Essential Duties:

  • Clerical Has thorough understanding and expertise in the use of computer systems, e.g. Cerner and GE Centricity Business. Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness in entering information into computer systems. Processes new referrals in a timely manner; this includes obtaining required outside medical records, entering demographic information into computer system, providing medical records to physician / multidisciplinary team for review, verifying insurance and obtaining authorization for visits and procedures. Schedules patient’s evaluation and clinic appointments in a timely manner, and at the request of the physician, while accommodating patient’s needs. This includes but not limited to: laboratories, diagnostic testing and consultations as needed. Fulfills other department scheduling functions per department procedures and protocols. Proactively manages clinic schedules, including reviewing master schedule and anticipating requirements and changes based on activity levels to create a well-managed operational flow and positive patient experience. Gives proper patient instructions, and schedules patient mandatory teaching classes. Preps charts for clinic, selection committee, and tumor board (if applicable). Coordinates scheduling of all surgeries and diagnostic testing for patients which include sending pre-op packets to patients with surgery instructions and compiles letters of medical necessity. Assists in clinic with clerical and scheduling needs including filing and collection of supporting documentation for professional billing. Orders clinical and office supplies and opens and distributes mail. Provides phone coverage as needed. Contacts and distributes messages to medical personnel using a variety of electronic messages including text, voice, and email systems. Reads and responds to email throughout the day. Retrieves and responds to voicemail messages within 24hours per department protocol.
  • Patient Customer Service Utilizes courtesy, compassion, kindness and honesty while interacting with public, patients, and all clinic personnel. Greets patients in a courteous and professional manner. Acts as a single point of contact for patients and caregivers, and takes accountability for their patient experience. Provides information and guidance to patients and caregivers regarding all areas of patient care. This includes but not limited to: scheduling, paperwork, and follow-up appointments. Work independently under limited supervision, takes initiative, deals effectively with constant change, and willingly accepts responsibility. Completes a financial risk assessment and, as indicated, provides assistance to patient/patient families regarding insurance benefits and alternative funding sources, including referral of complex financial or insurance coverage issues to financial counselors or others, such as a designated admitting representative. Provides estimate of patient liabilities to patients, physicians and insurance companies based on guidelines and/or systems provided by the department, including but not limited to: copayment, deductibles, co-insurance, deposits, or prior account balances. Facilitates communication between patient and caregivers, and all members of the care team, including physicians, nurses, lab, etc. Communicates all changes with patient and case information to all involved personnel. Works with various hospital personnel to resolve issues and accommodate patient. Adheres to policies aimed to protect patient confidentiality.
  • Teamwork/Collaboration Demonstrates flexibility in covering other staff members for sick time, vacation, or leave of absence. Possesses ability to work independently and in a team setting. Maintains an open line of communication with management and other staff and demonstrates a professional demeanor at all times. Is involved with and keeps abreast of changes within the USC healthcare system.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • High school or equivalent
  • Equivalent work experience in customer service and/or medical office.
  • Proven record of dealing with the public in a customer service role.
  • Must have excellent communication skills, including the ability to speak, read and write English proficiently.
  • Must be comfortable with computers.
  • Familiarity with word processing, Microsoft Outlook, GE Centricity Business, Cerner, PBAR, scheduling systems, and navigate the intranet, interpret on-line queries.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2 years Experience in acute care or ambulatory care setting or surgical center setting
  • Proven knowledge of insurance billing, admitting, or registration experience in a hospital or medical office preferred
  • Knowledge of medical terminology.

Required Licenses/Certifications:

  • Fire Life Safety Training (LA City) If no card upon hire, one must be obtained within 30 days of hire and maintained by renewal before expiration date. (Required within LA City only)

The hourly rate range for this position is $22.00 – $34.18. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

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