Collection Specialist

Classified Title: Collection Specialist ???????
Working Title: ?????
Role/Level/Range: ATO 40/E/02/OC
Starting Salary Range: $13.23 - $18.23
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: m-F 8:30 - 5:00
Employee subgroup: Salaried Non-exmt
Location: 9910 Franklin Square Dr.
Department name: 10003410-SOM Pat Production Unit Billing
Personnel area: School of Medicine
General Summary
Responsible for the collection of unpaid third-party claims and appeals, using various applications of JHM and JHU/ PBS billing applications. Works with the payers to resolve issues and facilitate prompt payment of claims. Follow-up with insurance companies to collect outstanding accounts for which payment has not been received in response to the claims submission process, either electronically or by paper. The Specialist will be assigned payor groups of outstanding patient accounts. Various methods of follow-up will be used including all JHU/ PBS Billing Applications. The Specialist must have expertise in insurance follow-up processing and be knowledgeable in CPT and diagnosis coding as well as have an understanding of the JHOC registration process and be able to recognize and resolve incorrect demographic and insurance registration. The Specialist must have an understanding of claims submission requirements for all payors to expedite payments as well as knowledge of appeals and rejections processing. This position requires excellent communication skills coupled with patience and fortitude.
Duties & Responsibilities
+ Uses A/R follow-up systems and reports to identify unpaid claims for collection/appeal.
+ Gathers and verifies all information required to produce a clean claim including special billing procedures that may be defined by a payer or contract.
+ Review and update patient registration information (demographic and insurance) as needed.
+ Applies appropriate discounts / courtesies based on department policy.
+ Prepares delinquent accounts for transfer to self-pay collection unit according to the follow-up matrix.
+ Prints and mails claim forms and statements according to the follow-up matrix.
+ Retrieves supporting documents (medical reports, authorizations, etc) as needed and submits to third-party payers.
+ Appeals reflected claims and claims with low reimbursement.
+ Confirm credit balances and gathers necessary documentation for processing refund.
+ Identifies insurance issues of primary vs. secondary insurance, coordination of benefits eligibility and any other issue causing non-payment of claims.
+ Contacts the payors or patient as appropriate for corrective action to resolve the issue and receive payment of claims.
+ Monitor invoice activity until problem is resolved.
+ Process daily mail, edits reports, file or pull EOB batches.
+ Identifies and informs the supervisor / Production Unit Manager of issues or problems associated with non-payment of claims.
Technical Knowledge
+ Comprehensive knowledge and compliance of HIPAA rules and regulations in the dissemination of patient Protected Health Information (PHI).
+ Working knowledge of JHU/ PBS Billing Applications.
+ Utilize online resources to facilitate efficient claims processing.
Professional & Personal Development
+ Participate in on-going educational activities.
+ Assist in the training of staff.
+ Keep current of industry changes by reading assigned material on work related topics.
+ Complete three days of training annually.
Specific duties & responsibilities
Performs assigned duties as listed in this job description for the Department of Pathology which may include but is not limited Johns Hopkins Medical Laboratories, Green Spring Station & other outreach Laboratories, Johns Hopkins Reference Laboratories, Professional Fee Billing, and other areas as assigned (ex: IVF Lab at GreenSpring, Genetics DNA Lab, Dermapathology)
Service Excellence
+ Must adhere to Service Excellence Standards.
+ Customer Relations
+ Self-Management
+ Teamwork
+ Communications
+ Ownership/Accountability
+ Continuous Performance Improvement
HS/GED required. One year experience in a medical billing or similar medical specialty environment required. Knowledge of medical terminology, CPT codes and diagnosis coding required. Excellent interpersonal, communication and customer service skills required. Additional education beyond minimum experience qualifications may substitute for required experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
Preferred qualifications
+ IDX and EPIC experience preferred.
+ Ability to use various billing and patient information computer systems preferred.
+ Knowledge of various payer processing and submission guidelines preferred.
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities
+ Able to operate basic office equipment, e.g. photo copier, fax machine, scanner, PC, telephone, etc.
Physical requirements for the job
+ Able to sit in a normal seated position for extended periods of time.
+ Able to reach by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
+ Finger dexterity required, able to manipulate objects with fingers rather than entire hand(s) or arm(s), e.g., use of computer keyboard.
+ Able to communicate using the spoken and written word.
+ Able to see within normal parameters and to hear within normal range.
+ Able to move about.
+ Able to lift minimum weight, 10 lbs.
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
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The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.
During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.
The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.
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