Patient Service Specialist (PRN)
Vanderbilt Eye Institute
Patient Services Specialist (PSS) provides customer service, including telephone etiquette, cash management, scheduling of appointments, processes insurance updates and conducts patient check in/out. The PSS is responsible for maintaining a smooth patient flow. They are the first contact with our patients, therefore, must be extremely courteous, patient, and have a neat appearance. The PSS must be able to always maintain composure and politeness while dealing with patients, and they must also be able to work and interact as part of a team, with the skills to perform multiple tasks simultaneously.
Our team of ophthalmologists and optometrists at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute treat a wide array of eye diseases that affect eye health and vision. We offer comprehensive care that includes primary eye care, vision screening, surgeries for conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts, and other treatments and surgeries for disorders of the eye.
- Greet patients and guests upon arrival. Scan the reception area periodically to ensure that each patient is checked in. If uncertain, verify patient's status. Proactively communicate wait times or delays to patients at the time of check-in. Provide updates to patients regarding revised wait times. Maintain an organized work area and professional appearance.
- Respond to each call with the standard greeting: Clinic name or other identifier; Your name; answer call within 3 rings. Place caller on hold with permission from caller and for appropriate time frames. Provide complete transfer assistance to all incoming calls when needed. Demonstrate phone service etiquette.
- Demonstrate on-stage behavior in all settings viewed by patients or visitors. Demonstrate off-stage behavior expected in all settings when representing VPA.
- Initiates message by correctly including the following information: Name; At least 2 of the correct identifiers (MR#, DOB, SS#); Reason for call or inquiry; Forwards messages to the appropriate recipient in a timely manner following clinical protocol. Respond to all messages using correct spelling, grammar, and commentary appropriate for medical record documentation.
- Demonstrate ability to identify and proactively assist a patient or visitor. Provide accurate and complete directional assistance independently or using appropriate resources. Schedule, pull, and prepare patient charts for same-day visit.
- Organize and prepare patient records daily (pull patient charts and organize chart for visit); Ensure privacy by adhering to sign-in standard format; Ensure accurate patient identification by comparing sign-in data to 2 separate identifiers; Review display notes for Referral and Central Registration needs; Accurately determine which account to use for the visit. See Financial Screening Policy regarding payment responsibilities. Collect co-payments. Document in EPIC. Provide receipt. Determine if referral is needed from insurance and is in place for the visit.
- Verify demographic & insurance information via open-ended questions: Name-Accuracy and Spelling SSN Address Phone-Work and Home Employer Insurance Information Emergency Contact Information. If insurance has changed, update the registration.
- Scan insurance cards; Obtain card(s) from patient or guarantor and scan (if new or not in the chart), using designated device; Rank each card as primary, secondary, or tertiary.
- Imprint with correct patient data Release of Information/Assignment of Benefits Clinical Intake Screening or History Forms
- Maintain orderly appearance of reception area; Ensure method for accountability of each patient check-in; Proactively communicate with patients about delays; Manage reception area disruptions
- File lab slips, X-Ray reports, consult letters, and all other correspondence in patient charts; Respond accurately to Frequently Asked Questions
- Collect encounter forms and verify accuracy and completeness- Date of service; Encounter # and billing #; Attending Physician's name and number; Clinic location code; CPT codes and modifiers; ICD-10 codes; Referring provider for new patients when consultation charge is marked.
- Collect self-pay balances per clinic policy; verify whether patient's account shows a credit balance prior to collecting any co-pays; post professional charges. Work with Office Manager to reconcile charge batches, balance cash collections to Use Batch Report daily, reconcile cash discrepancies, prepare deposit and take to central depository or bank (daily), and reconcile petty cash and submit to central depository (daily).
- Complete Medical Records processes; prepare Outside Medical Records for access during patient visit, either by creating a visit folder for the hard copies or scanning in advance of the visit. Prepare paper patient charts for storage or consolidation with the main medical record.
- Respond to patient or other requests for medical record copies.
- Incoming Patient & Referring MD Appointment Requests are scheduled according to clinic standards.
- Tests, Procedures & Outgoing Referral MD Appointment Requests are scheduled according to clinic standards.
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VUMC Recent Accomplishments
Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
- US News & World Report: #1 Adult Hospital in Tennessee and metropolitan Nashville, named to the Best Hospitals Honor Roll of the top 20 adult hospitals, 10 nationally ranked adult specialty programs, with 3 specialties rated in the top 10 nationally, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt named as one of the Best Children's Hospital in the nation, with 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties nationally ranked.
- Healthcare's Most Wired: Among the nation's 100 "most-wired" hospitals and health systems for its efforts in innovative medical technology.
- Becker's Hospital Review: named as one of the "100 Great Hospitals in America", in the roster of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs and to its list of the 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs.
- The Leapfrog Group: One of only 10 children's hospitals in the to be named at Leapfrog Top Hospital.
- American Association for the Advancement of Science: The School of Medicine has 112 elected fellows.
- Magnet Recognition Program: Received our third consecutive Magnet designations.
- National Academy of Medicine: 22 members, elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding achievement.
- Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index: 6th year in a row that Vanderbilt University Medical Center was a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.