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This position is for qualified physicians seeking to enter the new and growing non-clinical practice specialty of Physician Advisor with a career trajectory towards a provider or payor medical director and beyond. This position drives performance across our organization by communicating with hospital physicians and utilization management staff at client hospitals to champion best practices for evidence-based care and its documentation. The Physician Advisor will be responsible for establishing, maintaining, and strengthening the relationship with Optum360 Physician Advisor Solutions client hospitals to appropriately optimize the use of Optum360 Physician Advisor Solutions services.
Training will be provided by Optum. The Physician Advisor will join a team of on-site physician advisors across the country.
Primary Scope of Service:
Although the Physician Advisor (PA) is employed by Optum, the intention is that the PA will become a key member of the client hospital's leadership team charged with meeting the organization's goals and objectives for ensuring the effective, efficient utilization of health care services. To this end, the PA will develop expertise on matters regarding physician practice patterns, over- and under-utilization of resources, medical necessity, documentation best practices, level of care progression, denial management, and compliance with governmental regulations and commercial insurance contracts.
The Physician Advisor will work closely with the medical staff, including house staff, hospital leadership, and all utilization management (UM) personnel to develop and implement methods to optimize the use of hospital services. This includes care management processes that insure patients are in the appropriate level of care with supporting documentation for regulatory compliance and accurate coding.
Conduct medical necessity reviews of cases referred by case management to ensure medical necessity and regulatory requirements are met for level of care
Meet with case management, social work, and other healthcare team members to discuss selected cases and make recommendations regarding patient status
Interacting with medical staff and medical directors of third-party payers to discuss the needs of patients and alternative levels of care
Act as a consultant for the medical staff regarding their decisions for the appropriate level of care of hospitalized patients and supporting documentation
Participate in the claims denial process, including appeals
Review of utilization data to ensure hospital objectives for quality patient care
Act as a resource for the medical staff regarding federal, state, and payer regulatory, quality, and contract requirements
Serve as a physician member of the Utilization Review Committee, which may require non-clinical medical staff privileges application
Provide education on utilization management topics (e.g. documentation) to the medical and UM staffs
Physician Advisor Will Not:
Practice medicine during the hours scheduled, which includes:
Decision-making in a patient's plan of care or discharge
Write orders or prescriptions
Provide on-call coverage
Set hospital clinical or administrative policies
Supervise house staff or hospital employees
Participate in any type of peer review (e.g. Quality, M&M)
You'll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.
MD or DO required
Current, unrestricted medical license in state of residence
3 years of experience in a hospital-based practice setting
Strong computer skills and working knowledge of EMRs
Board Certified / Eligible
Demonstrated ability to build rapport with medical staff and hospital leadership
As health care continues to change and evolve, so do your opportunities to join a superb team who are working every day to make health care work better.
Optum360 Physician Advisor Solutions is part of the growing family of UnitedHealth Group companies. We help smooth out the interplay between each hospital client and the various payers. How? We serve as an expert partner on issues that confront hospitals every day involving medical necessity, reimbursement, coding and documentation. And while that's a mouthful, it makes us proud to say that we rise to a level of professionalism and quality that can totally invigorate your career.
Join us today and you'll soon be doing your life's best work.(sm)
Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.
UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.
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