Referrals Specialist

San Ysidro Health Center San Ysidro , NM 87053

Posted 2 months ago

Position Summary:

Responsible for timely processing, documenting, scheduling and follow up of referrals and request for treatment authorizations as requested by the primary physician.

Essential Functions of the Job:

  • Receives and processes authorizations on timely manner with the at most attention to quality, accuracy and completeness of work. Plans in advance to ensure task are complete and seeks to add value to every work assignment. Schedules requests for referrals and treatment authorizations.

  • Demonstrates skills and knowledge to obtain authorizations from various insurance carriers via phone, in writing or electronic media, adjusting effectively to organizational changes maintaining high standards.

  • Follows-up on missing documentation to obtain authorization when appropriate; schedules appointment for specialty care, special studies, Durable Medical Equipment (DME) or other ancillary services as requested by the primary care physician.

  • Coordinates care within the guidelines of multiple health plans, contracts or insurance types. Uses various modules of the computer system to obtain information, schedule appointments, query information and obtain authorizations.

  • Responds to inquiries as to current status of authorization by assessing the request and evaluating the circumstances to provide regular, consistent, timely, and meaningful information to our patients. Demonstrates professionalism verbally and non-verbally, tailors communication styles to the need of the recipient.

  • Listens to customers (internal and external) and addresses needs; accountable and responsive to customers concerns. Seeks different points of view and leverages diverse perspectives. Meets established or agreed upon deadlines.

  • Arrives on time and prepared for work; uses sound judgment to meet and exceed workplace expectations; assumes responsibility and accountability for decisions, actions, and performance.

  • Work on closing the referrals loop; review the referral log weekly to determine which patients have kept their specialty or consultation appointments.

  • Update the referral with date and time of the appointment. Document if patient kept their appointment, reach out to Specialist or Facility to request visit notes or results to be faxed to Referrals main fax number within 5 working days of visit.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintains established departmental policies and procedures. Displays and promotes behavior consistent with SYHealth; adheres to standards of ethical conduct and professional compliance.

  • Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings and workshops; modeling a high performance work ethic and constant self-improvement.

  • Attends meetings as required and participates in committees as directed; works cooperatively with others to meet shared objectives. Fosters an environment that encourages group participation and inclusiveness. Takes initiative to improve processes and identify root causes: maintaining a focus on solutions.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested by Supervisor or Manager.

Job Requirements

Education Required (Minimum level of education): High school diploma or GED equivalent.

Certifications/Licenses Highly Preferred: Current valid California driver's license and car insurance and/or proof of reliable transportation.

Required: A minimum of 1 year experience in healthcare setting to include front with back office or referral authorization knowledge of programs and health plans eligibility and guidelines, coding and data processing or Medical Assistant Certificate.

Preferred: 2 years in healthcare setting

Verbal and Written Skills Required to Perform the Job: Bilingual (Spanish/English/Arabic). Good verbal and written communication skills in both languages.

Technical Knowledge and Skills Required to Perform the Job: Medical terminology and basic computer. Typing of 35 wpm. Ability to handle multiple activities simultaneously. Be attentive to patient needs and concerns. Willing to work with others as a team member.

Equipment Used: Personal computer, Nextgen, FAX.


Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:Prolonged sitting position, walking, constant telephone communication. May be required to work evenings and/or weekends.

Universal Requirements:

Pre-employment requirements include I-9; physical, positive background and reference check results, complete application, new hire orientation, pre-employment PPDs.

About Us

San Ysidro Health is a Federally Qualified Health Care organization committed to providing high quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable healthcare services for the entire family.

The organization was founded by seven women in search of medical services for their families and community. Almost 50 years later, San Ysidro Health now provides innovative care to over 92,000 patients through a vast and integrated network of 34 program sites across the county. San Ysidro Health could not serve our patients without the dedication of our passionate and hardworking employees.

Apply today and become a part of our mission-driven team!

San Ysidro Health has a long-standing commitment to equal employment opportunity for all applicants for employment. Employment decisions including, but not limited to, those such as employee selection, performance evaluation, administration of benefits, working conditions, employee programs, transfers, position changes, training, disciplinary action, compensation, and separations are made without regard to reace, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming), creed, national origin, nationality, citizenship status, domestic partnership status, ancestry, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, civil union status, family status, age, mental or physical disability (including AIDS or HIV-related status), atypical heredity cellular or blood trait of an individual, genetic information or refusal to submit to a genetic test or make available the results of a genetic test, military status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • 4004 Beyer Blvd, San Ysidro, CA 92173, USA
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