Medical Office Coordinator
Role/Level/Range: ATO 40/E/02/OD
Starting Salary Range: $31,421 - $43,238
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: 33-MD:Johns Hopkins Bayview
Department name: 10002817-SOM DOM Pulmonary
Personnel area: School of Medicine
Coordinate activities and provide secretarial support for a multi-faceted clinical office to ensure a smoothly functioning office and good patient relations. Interact with patients, patients’ families, referring physicians and third party carriers with regard to patient-related issues. Work with others in a team environment. Provide administrative support for medical matters on behalf of physicians, as well as general academic/general administrative support.
Specific duties & responsibilities:
- Medical Administrative Support. Professionally and efficiently handle incoming requests from patients and ensure that issues are resolved both promptly and thoroughly. Gather patient information, fulfill patient needs, educate patients, where applicable, to prevent the need for future contacts and document interactions in applicable systems. Provide quality service and support in a variety of areas which may include, but not limited to scheduling, registration and care coordination.
- Patient Scheduling:
- If approved to schedule in EPIC, schedules appointments.
- Schedule new and follow-up clinic appointments, and assist in canceling and rescheduling of clinics for providers who have a non-schegistrar as their Medical Office Coordinator.
- Collect insurance information, and complete registration in EPIC.
- Answer questions from patients about billing and refer to JHU Physician Billing Services and/or JHH Patient Financial Services.
- Support the physician with insurance preauthorization and single case agreement processes by submitting necessary clinical information as instructed by the physician.
- Coordinate follow-up office visits by providing information about treatment, and testing locations. Schedule lab tests and other procedures, and/or coordinates with other areas to complete scheduling process.
- When physician’s clinic is cancelled, call patient to re-schedule physician and/or testing appointments pertaining to that visit.
- If requested by physician, complete courtesy calls to patients to remind them of appointment arrival times and answer questions about location, parking, what to bring, etc.
- All information entered into EPIC will be subject to evaluation, quality controls and performance management standards.
- If not approved to schedule patients in EPIC, refer patients to Access Services to schedule appointments and procedures. Participate in multi-party conversations to ensure appropriate timing of services and medical records as required by physician.Provide administrative support for medical matters on behalf of physicians.
- If approved to schedule in EPIC, schedules appointments.
- Answer in-coming calls from patients and provide information to patients, as appropriate
- Routinely check voice mail and return calls to patients within 24 hours.
- Coordinate with patient and/or referring physician to obtain outside medical records. Ensure that all relevant outside medical records are received and scanned into EPIC in advance of clinic. Ensure that physician gets medical records in advance per protocol as appropriate.
- Refer patient to appropriate resources/clinical areas.
- Send out letters and post op information to referring physicians, if needed.
- Send out confirmation letters to patients when appointment is scheduled less than 2 weeks out or as needed.
- Receive from physician completed and signed forms requested by the patient such as: Disability, Family Medical Leave, Workers Compensation, Medical Assistance Application, MVA, etc. All completed forms should be scanned into EPIC and send original to patients for their records.
- Review clinic schedules, and make adjustment as appropriate
- Other activity processed in EPIC
- Enter patient phone messages and route to physician.
- Print and send patient letters as necessary
- Document inbound/outbound phone messages to patients as appropriate.
- Pend RX refills requested and route to physician
- Pend orders based on defined “Practice Preferences.”
- In-basket – Check messages daily and respond as directed by department policy.
- Provide information to patients
- Reinforce information for office visits (e.g. scheduled dates of service, information to bring to the visit, driving instructions, where to park, etc.)
- Act as a liaison for patient, coordinating future consultations, diagnostics tests, or procedures.
- Up to date insurance information found on Johns Hopkins Managed Care website.
- Facilitate scheduling of lab tests and other procedures. Determine appropriate schedule for clinical appointments based on physician schedule, and does three way call to hand off patient to call center.
- Prescription refills
- Gather information and to pend RX request and route to appropriate clinician.
- Assist as needed with insurance authorizations for non-formulary medications.
- Coordination of OR and Endoscopy Cases (If appropriate)
- Work with surgical and endoscopy scheduling coordinator to post all cases.
- Verify that the posting sheet is completed and signed by the physician and scanned within EPIC.
- Send out surgical packet to patient with pre-op instructions.
- Verify all documents are received and scanned appropriately into EPIC prior to date of surgery.
- Prepare to support clinic activities from home in case of JHU closure (install virtual desktop and keep electronic reference lists as needed, and make sure you have cell or home phone numbers for physicians, supervisors, and clinic manager).
Academic/General Administrative Support – As necessary
- Provide general administrative support to one or more physicians
- Answer office phone, schedule meetings/maintain calendars for physicians, make travel arrangements, maintain filing system (copy or scan as indicated).
- Assist with preparation of correspondence, reports, posters, and related documents
- Compile information for reports, grant applications, manuscripts, etc.
- Perform data entry and support the administration of research databases
- Order stock and maintain office supplies
- May coordinate meetings on behalf of the physician.
- May assist with preparation of sponsored project material
- Process reimbursements per department protocol as applicable.
Minimum qualifications (mandatory):
Education: High School Diploma/GED.
Experience: Two years administrative experience required. Additional education may be substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
- Two years medical office experience preferred.
- Good working knowledge of EPIC highly desirable
- Experience in the Johns Hopkins system strongly preferred.
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Must have pleasant professional demeanor to work in a team environment, and be able to work well in a fast-paced clinical environment.
- Ability to multitask and work in a high volume setting.
- Excellent analytical and communication skills coupled with patience and fortitude.
Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:
- Complete mandatory on-going training necessary to schedule new and follow-up appointments as appropriate.
Any specific physical requirements for the job:
- Ability to stand, walk or sit for an extended period of time
- Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction
- Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard
- Communication skills using the spoken word
- Ability to see within normal parameters
- Ability to hear within normal range
- Possible exposure to communicable diseases
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