Access Services Associate

Regular Full-Time

Location:

901 West Main Street, Freehold, NJ

Job Category:

CentraState Medical Center

Primary Shift:

Day

Work Schedule:

7A-7:30P

Days and Hours:

Tues, Fri, Sat and Tu, Thurs, Fri

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Overview

CentraState Healthcare System, headquartered in Freehold, New Jersey is a leading non – profit healthcare delivery system in New Jersey. The System includes CentraState Medical Center a community-based hospital, an ambulatory campus, three senior living facilities and three free-standing community health pavilions, and a charitable foundation. As the 3rd largest employer in Monmouth County, CentraState Healthcare System continues to live up to its reputation of being a truly great place to work recently designated a Great Place to Work-Certified™ company.

 

Access services is comprised of Central Scheduling, Outpatient Registration, Admitting, Insurance Verification, Cashier and ED Registration and Reception. Some benchmarks that we are very proud of include:

  • Average wait/registration time is 9 minutes, compared to the national average of 11 minutes
  • 60% of the Access Services are nationally Certified Healthcare Access Associates
  • Outpatient Registration/Scheduling and ED Registration have been in the 90th percentile for the last 10 years

This department works closely as a team as a part of our revenue cycle management division. 

Responsibilities

Outpatient Access Services Associate:

  • Registers each account in hospital registration system following all departmental procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Obtains and determines the coordination of benefits and accurately inputs into computer software system following industry standards and departmental procedure.
  • Clearly documents in computer system all communication with patients, family members, insurance companies and physicians. Documents any exceptions to standard procedure.
  • Follows federal and state standards and complies with all regulations including accurate completion the MSP form and DOBI consent.
  • Accurately utilizes Imaging system by scanning all paperwork into correct document and folder during registration, scheduling and verification process.
  • Completes quality checks and reviews each registration and verification for correct information. Seeks assistance and plans corrective action.
  • Handles departmental paperwork flow in a manner consistent with departmental policies and procedures.
  • Periodically checks messages on the Outpatient Pre-registration line and follows up with patients as needed.
  • Contacts patients scheduled for radiation oncology in a timely manner and completes accurate pre-registrations.
  • Follows up on incoming faxes, taking any necessary action and filing them in appropriate folders, or bringing them to the lab or scheduling as needed.
  • Answers incoming calls in a timely, professional and courteous manner, using name of department and identifying self as appropriate.
  • Accurately enters all diagnosis codes into the registration system. Obtains patient signatures on ABN forms fro those charts with missing codes. Follows up with
  • physician offices to obtain missing codes as needed.
  • Accurately edits/completes all “paper only” registrations as time permits, updating all necessary information as needed. Scans all appropriate paperwork into the Siemens system and forwards completed packets to lab.
  • Prints out Minor Surgery schedules and OR booking sheets as needed. Contacts patients to complete accurate preregistrations prior to procedure. Contacts OR scheduling department regarding any errors on the booking sheets, so that these can be corrected.

Emergency Department Access Services Associate:

  • Completes bedside registration accurately and timely to ensure quality and privacy for positive clinical outcomes utilizing laptop computers.
  • Registers each account in hospital registration system following all departmental procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Obtains and determines the coordination of benefits and accurately inputs into computer software system following industry standards and departmental procedure.
  • Clearly documents in computer system all communication with patients and/or family members. Documents any exceptions to standard procedure.
  • Follows federal and state standards and complies with all regulatory guidelines.
  • Completes quality checks and reviews each registration for correct information. Seeks assistance and plans corrective action.
  • Handles departmental paperwork flow in a manner consistent with departmental policies and procedures.
  • Acts as liaison between patients and/or families and clinical staff providing support as needed.
  • Supports all policies pertaining to ED Registration. Is responsible for getting all consents including consents for minors, elderly, disabled or handicapped. Also responsible for starting the administrative consent process.
  • Functions as a support part of the ED clinical team reacting urgently and appropriately to the needs of the ED clinical staff.
  • Supports the Outpatient Registration department after hours and weekends.

Admitting Access Services Associate:

  • Registers and admits each account in hospital registration system following all departmental procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Obtains and determines the coordination of benefits and accurately inputs into computer software system following industry standards and departmental procedure.
  • Clearly documents in computer system all communication with patients and/or family members. Documents any exceptions to standard procedure.
  • Follows federal and state standards and complies with all regulatory guidelines.
  • Completes quality checks and reviews each registration for correct information. Seeks assistance and plans corrective action.
  • Handles departmental paperwork flow in a manner consistent with departmental policies and procedures.
  • Operates the bed control desk in an efficient and effective manner understanding and administering policies and processes.
  • Places patient in appropriate bed ensuring that resources are maximized and cohorting is appropropriate.
  • Fosters good communication between the ED, clinical nurse units, Infection Control, Nurse Managers and physician offices to insure proper and timely placement of the patient.
  • Clearly documents all necessary information on daily bed log.
  • Accurately completes pre-registration of accounts while maintaining flow of accurate paperwork. Always strives towards department goal of preregistrations 3 weeks in advance.
  • Works closely with Nursing Supervisors to ensure that patients are placed properly on the weekend shifts when limited resources are available.
  • Handles all phases of the Admitting Department including pre-registration, bed control and patient intake.
  • Contacts insurance companies after hours and on weekends via phone or web site to ensure proper precertification.
  • Understands patient throughput and functions as a strong advocate to facilitate patient movement.
  • Monitors hospital throughput by closely monitoring discharges and admissions in multiple software systems.

Insurance Verification Access Services Associate:

  • Verifies each account in hospital registration system following all departmental procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Obtains and determines the coordination of benefits and accurately inputs into computer software.
  • Clearly documents in computer system all communication with patients, family embers, insurance companies and physicians.
  • Completes quality checks and the review of each account for correct information.
  • Re-verifies denied accounts. Resubmits and completes process for appeal.
  • Coordinates with insurance companies, patients, physicians, and/or employers to verify coverage, to notify of services and to obtain pre-certification and/or referral
  • requirements.
  • Coordinates discussions with physicians and physician’s staff and patients on status of account and actions that will be taken.
  • Facilitates discussion with patients and/or families on patient’s financial responsibilities.
  • Investigates all self pay, workers compensation, no fault and secondary coverage.
  • Accurately completes all forms required for a complete verification and sends to
  • appropriate entity, Medicaid requirements to Self Pay Company, 21 day notices to No Fault Carriers, ABN to out patient departments.
  • Works with physician offices to ensure accurate CPT coding for authorizations and maximum payment of contracted rates.
Qualifications

Education:

High School Diploma or Equivalent required or minimum 5 years’ experience in healthcare related clerical position in lieu of diploma

 

Work Experience:

Previous hospital experience in scheduling, registration or billing preferred

 

Required Knowledge and Skills:

Knowledge of medical terminology and strong customer service skills

About Us

CentraState Healthcare System, a partner of Atlantic Health System, is a fully accredited, not-for-profit, community-based health system that provides comprehensive health services in the central New Jersey region. In addition to offering a full range of leading-edge diagnostic and treatment options, CentraState serves as a valuable health partner focused on the latest ways to prevent disease, promote healthy behaviors, and help people of all ages live life well. Based in Freehold, CentraState is comprised of a 284-bed acute-care hospital, a vibrant health and wellness campus, three award-winning senior living communities, a charitable foundation, and convenient satellite health pavilions offering primary care and specialty physician practices, along with access to outpatient services, such as lab and physical therapy. The system also offers a family medicine residency and geriatric fellowship training program in affiliation with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Among its many honors and accreditations, CentraState is one of less than two percent of hospitals nationwide to earn Magnet® designation for nursing excellence four times and was designated a Great Place to Work-Certified™ Company by Great Place to Work® for the second consecutive year.

 

When you bring your talent to CentraState, you are joining a trailblazing healthcare facility, committed to providing high-quality, patient-focused care. Join us in making incredible strides in health care, and making a difference in our community. We believe in enriching the lives of our employees through work/life balance initiatives, tuition assistance, career advancement opportunities and much more.

 

Find out why our employees love their jobs and being part of the CentraState family!

 

What We Offer:

  • Highly competitive compensation
  • Excellent benefits package and rewards program
  • 403(b) retirement plan with company match
  • 401(a) retirement plan with employer contribution
  • Life Insurance 
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Profit Sharing Program
  • Growth Opportunity and Workforce Development Initiatives
  • Continuing Education / Onsite Training
  • A warm, welcoming company culture based upon mutual respect and a collaborative goal of providing excellent patient care
  • Concierge Services with Work & Family Benefits
  • Magnet recognized healthcare facility
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

At CentraState Healthcare System, we welcome and promote the diversity of our employee family!  Each unique person contributes to the overall success of this organization. Our inclusive culture fosters an environment of professionalism and respect for personal differences.

 

CentraState Healthcare System, is an equal employment opportunity employer and federal contractor or subcontractor and, therefore, abides by applicable laws to protect applicants and employees from discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual or affectional orientation, national origin or nationality, citizenship status, disability, age, genetics, protected veteran status, ancestry, marital status.