As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally and medically vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine.
The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please view this page.
The Harborview Cardiology Clinic has an outstanding opportunity for a Patient Services Specialist 1-Trainee or PSS 2 (Full-time, Day Shifts). The Patient Services Specialist (PSS) demonstrates service excellence standards in independently performing the following support services: reception and discharge activities; schedule appointments; coordinate care with other services; check-in patients; provide initial triage; coordinate referral process; coordinate medical records; obtain and verify registration information/insurance; process charge documents; collect time-of-service payments; perform other necessary activities to maintain clinic operations.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Reception Activities: • Employs excellent customer service skills • Ensures smooth patient flow • Reviews clinic schedule daily • Obtains patient demographic information and insurance information. • Provides general patient services • Responds to patients’ needs and concerns as appropriate • Investigates complaints and works with office manager to find solutions • May accept and process patient payments
Appointment Scheduling: • Schedules appointments consistent with patient needs and clinic scheduling guidelines • Assembles and sends appointment and other information • Maintains current and accurate system by entering canceled and rescheduled appointments • Coordinates and schedules ancillary appointments and consult appointments • Assists in the preparation and maintenance of provider and clinic
Telephone Support: • Answers the telephone in a professional, courteous, and efficient manner according to UWMC telephone service standards; directs calls as appropriate • Using clinic guidelines, gathers information on the telephone re: the nature of the patient concern. Triages calls to appropriate staff; obtains necessary information for the return call; initiates emergency procedure when necessary, uses appropriate documentation tools • Communicates information on medical center programs to patients, referral agencies, University departments, physicians and the community • Communicates basic information to patients such as insurance, parking, driving directions
Referral Coordination: • Manages referral queue • Obtains necessary insurance plan information • Maintains ongoing documentation and tracks authorized referrals • Ensures that all referrals are properly linked to appointments
Medical Record Activities: • Reviews daily schedules to identify required medical record requests • Orders, coordinates, and distributes medical records as needed • Prepares medical record according to clinic-specific procedures for patient visit • Assembles and maintains satellite medical records according to clinic-specific procedures
Billing Activities: • Initiates fee sheet upon patient arrival to clinic • Tracks fee sheet according to clinic guidelines to ensure that all services are billed • Audits fee sheets for completeness and accuracy and processes and submits to appropriate charge coordinator daily according to clinic guidelines • Reviews, corrects and resubmits charge documents on a daily basis as necessary according to clinic guidelines
General Duties: • Assists in orientating and training new staff • Reviews email daily to stay current with clinic communication • Maintains the physical environment for safety of staff and patients and for aesthetic presentation of the area (for example, organizing the waiting room furniture and magazine area) • Inventories and orders office supplies and forms • Sorts and distributes faxes and mail on a daily basis • Ensures daily functioning of office equipment • Utilizes on-line resources as required according to clinic practice and within University guidelines
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.