Case Manager RN – Per Diem – Boulder, CO – $5k Sign-on Bonus

UnitedHealth Group
Published
January 4, 2022
Location
Boulder, CO
Category
Job Type

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The Case Manager RN - Per Diem will be part of a team that supports a deep strategic partnership between OptumInsight and Boulder Community Health, a nationally recognized, independent and community-focused health system that serves Boulder County, Colorado, and beyond. Boulder Community Health has a powerful vision - "partnering to create and care for the healthiest community in America" and Optum is proud to be one of the partners helping to advance that vision.

What we do: Optum provides managed services across a broad set of functions for Boulder Community Health - including case management, ambulatory care management, revenue cycle management, patient access (scheduling and registration), analytics, project management, and strategic transformation initiatives. Our aim is to enable Boulder Community Health to retain its independence as a community-focused health care provider, while providing access to the support and scale of Optum's people, processes, and technology. Come join us!

Combine two of the fastest-growing fields on the planet with a culture of performance, collaboration and opportunity and this is what you get. Leading edge technology in an industry that is improving the lives of millions. Here, innovation is not about another gadget; it is about making health care data available wherever and whenever people need it, safely and reliably. There is no room for error. If you are looking for a better place to use your passion and your desire to drive change, this is the place to be. It's an opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)

The Case Manager (CM) is responsible and accountable for coordination of patient services through an interdisciplinary process, which provides a clinical and psychosocial approach through the continuum of care.  Through concurrent case management, patients will be assessed to determine appropriateness of admission, continued hospitalization, as well as appropriate level of care. Discharge planning will begin at the time of (or prior to) admission, and reassessed ongoing throughout the course of hospitalization. Quality and Risk Management issues will also be monitored for and reported as appropriate.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Supervisory Duties
    • Takes lead role in directing disposition of patients and utilization considerations
    • Assumes leadership role to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Professional Accountabilities
    • Adheres to name badge/dress code compliance
    • Effectively problem-solves and actively pursues resolution
    • Directly communicates with staff, physicians, patients and families
    • Role models leadership behavior through courtesy, respect and efficiency
    • Coordinates patient care processes to achieve desired quality outcomes and identifies/controls inappropriate resource utilization
    • Facilitates patient and family education and promotes continuity of care to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Assures patient rights by offering a choice when appropriate
    • Reviews the patient plan of care with the multi-disciplinary team. Facilitates and participates in multi-disciplinary team care conferences for patients with complex problems. Communicates in the medical record and verbally with the team to coordinate interventions and facilitate continuity of care
    • Daily communication and collaboration with the patient care staff to provide continuous assessment, evaluation and continuum planning to assure the patient receives the appropriate level of care at the appropriate time. Facilitates the implementation of nursing interventions as indicated by the multi-disciplinary team plan of care that enhances and compliments the skill level of the nursing staff
    • Functions without direct supervision, utilizing time constructively and organizing assignments for maximum productivity. Arranges schedule to facilitate meeting with physicians for patient care rounds, team meetings and other opportunities to improve communication
  • Utilization Management
    • Knowledge of all applicable federal and state regulations. Demonstrates a working knowledge of managed care and Medicare health plans as well as reimbursement related to post-acute services within the continuum of care
    • Consults with physician section leaders for support in cases that continued stay is not appropriate, and case manager is unable to come to resolution by working with assigned physician
    • Communicating with the department director LOS and financial information, as well as issues that may affect the Continuum of Care process
  • Continuum of Care Planning
    • Integrating the assessment of the need for post-hospital services and determination of an appropriate discharge plan for complex cases
    • Educates patient/family as to options/choices within the level of care determined to be appropriate.  Initiates and insures completion of all necessary paperwork
    • Facilitates completion of orders as required prior to transfer of patient to the next level of care in a timely manner so discharge is not delayed
    • Continuum of Care planning will emphasize education and collaboration with physicians, family members, clinical social workers, nursing staff, therapists and case managers from contracted payors when appropriate to determine discharge plan that will be of maximum benefit to the patient. Involve staff from next level of care in the treatment plan as early as possible to promote continuity and collaboration
    • Reports all relevant information to the staff assuming responsibility in the next level of care
    • Comply with all regulatory requirements, including CMS and Joint Commission Standards
  • Risk Management
    • Interface with department directors, Risk Management and patient representatives to identify potential QA or risk issues. Perform any necessary investigation, documentation and follow-up as required
    • Participates in departmental SQI projects
    • Be able to functionally coordinate and discharge plan for all age groups, including but not limited to the unborn child through geriatric age groups
  • Other Duties
    • Ability to effectively read, write, and speak, cognitively process and emotionally support performing other duties as assigned
    • Remain flexible to meet the needs of the hospital, which may include floating to other departments to assist as the patient needs fluctuate

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.

Required Qualifications:

  • Current Colorado RN license in good standing
  • 3+ years of experience in a hospital, acute care or direct care setting
  • Ability to type and navigate a Windows based environment
  • Knowledge/understanding of community resources, policies, and procedures
  • Clinical knowledge of the Labor and Delivery, Neonatal, Medical Surgical, Oncology, ICU patient and process
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential requirement of this role. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination prior to employment to ensure compliance. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BSN
  • Certified Case Manager (CCM)
  • 3+ years of clinical or case management experience in area of specialization 
  • Case management experience
  • Experience or exposure to discharge planning
  • Experience in utilization review, concurrent review or risk management
  • Background in managed care
  • Ability to compile, evaluate and report statistics to members of the team, and utilize the information to facilitate process improvement activities. Solid communication skills for meeting facilitation, educational presentations, team collaboration and patient interviews
  • Solid analytical, critical thinking and organizational skills

UnitedHealth Group requires all new hires and employees to report their COVID-19 vaccination status.

Careers with Optum. Here's the idea. We built an entire organization around one giant objective; make health care work better for everyone. So when it comes to how we use the world's large accumulation of health-related information, or guide health and lifestyle choices or manage pharmacy benefits for millions, our first goal is to leap beyond the status quo and uncover new ways to serve. Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, brings together some of the greatest minds and most advanced ideas on where health care has to go in order to reach its fullest potential. For you, that means working on high performance teams against sophisticated challenges that matter. Optum, incredible ideas in one incredible company and a singular opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)
 
Colorado Residents Only: The hourly range for Colorado residents is $25.63 to $45.72. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. In addition to your salary, UnitedHealth Group offers benefits such as, a comprehensive benefits package, incentive and recognition programs, equity stock purchase and 401k contribution (all benefits are subject to eligibility requirements). No matter where or when you begin a career with UnitedHealth Group, you’ll find a far-reaching choice of benefits and incentives.

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.

Job Keywords: RN, Registered Nurse, Case Manager, Case Management, Per Diem, Boulder, CO, Colorado

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