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Clinical Evaluation Nurses
Ref No.: 16-02702
Location: New York, New York
Title: Intake/Evaluation Nurses
Location: NYC area
Duration: Contract to hire


Assesses member needs and identifies solutions that promote high quality and cost effective health care services. Manages requests for services from providers, members, and care management team and renders clinical determinations in accordance with policies as well as applicable state and federal regulations. Delivers timely notification detailing clinical decisions. Coordinates with team, subject matter experts, physicians, member representatives, and discharge planners to ensure care is appropriate, timely and cost effective. Works under general supervision.
Responsibilities:
Conducts comprehensive review of all components related to requests for services which includes a clinical record review and interviews with members, clinical staff, medical providers, paraprofessional staff, caregivers and other relevant sources as necessary.
Utilizes state approved assessment questionnaire, guidelines and documentation as well as interviews with members, family, and care providers in decision-making.
Performs in-home assessment for members who have identified significant changes in condition since last in-home assessment; provides comprehensive review and determination of member's needs, including completion of UAS assessment questionnaire, tasking tool, and a projected service plan. Visits include all areas serviced by client including upstate and downstate counties.
Performs in-home assessment on members to determine the appropriate service plan, including completion of UAS assessment questionnaire, tasking tool, and a projected service plan. Visits include all areas serviced by client.
Examines standards and criteria to ensure medical necessity and appropriateness of service, admissions, and lengths of stay. Performs prior authorization and concurrent reviews to ensure service and covered benefit is medically necessary and being conducted in the right setting.
Uses effective standards of review, service determination, resource management, education and related interventions to promote improved quality of care and/or life, ensure cost effective medical outcomes, prevent hospitalizations when possible, prevent complications in members under our care when possible, provide continuity of care, and ensure appropriate levels of care are received. .
Ensures compliance with state and federal regulatory standards and policies and procedures.
Identifies opportunities for alternative care options and contributes to the development of a safe member centered service plan
Issues request determinations, including Notice of Action letters, and other forms of communication to members and providers.
Maintains current knowledge of organizational or state wide trends that affect member eligibility and the need for issuance of Notices of Action.
Ensures all records/logs related to decision requests, Notices of Action, and other communications required by state or federal regulations are documented and saved in the member's record.
Evaluates and analyzes utilization trends/issues and identifies opportunities for better coordination of member services.
Coordinates with other departments, e.g. Care Management, Legal Affairs, Grievance and Appeals, Compliance, Membership Eligibility Unit, Quality as needed.
Participates in approval for out-of-network services when member receives services outside of network services.
Keeps current with all health plan changes and updates through on-going training, coaching and educational materials.

Participates in special projects and performs other duties as assigned.
qualifications
Licensure: Current license to practice as a Registered Professional Nurse in New York State required. Certified Case Manager preferred.

Education: Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in nursing preferred.

Experience: Minimum two years of utilization review or care management experience at a Managed Care Organization or Health Plan required. Excellent organizational and time management skills, interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills required. Demonstrated strong relationship management skills, including a high degree of psychological sophistication and non-aggressive assertiveness required. Demonstrated successful conflict management skills and negotiation of "win-win” solutions required. Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Power-Point, and Word required. Knowledge of Medicaid and/or Medicare regulations required. Knowledge of Milliman criteria (MCG) preferred.