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A Benefis Spectrum Medical Navigator works in concert with Benefis and/or community entities to ensure successful patient transitions to Benefis Spectrum Medical service lines of home health and/or Home Medical Equipment. Case load based off referrals received patient/group educational trainings, and service and/or product instruction . The Navigator is considered the expert in their service area. The Navigator screens referrals for appropriateness of services for medical necessity, reasonableness and payer source coverage. The Navigator will assess, plan and evaluate the needs of the patient and will collaborate and communicate with providers, case manager, nursing staff and entire multi-disciplinary care team to ensure that all necessary documentation is obtain for payer coverage. The Navigator will communicate any changes in the patient's medical condition that may impact their care plan and the outcome of the referral received for the specific service need. Based on approval or denial of service line referral request, Navigator meets with patient/family/legal representative to explain reasoning of denial or acceptance and expectation. Navigator explains what service line/ product will entail and what the patient/family/legal representative can expect from their services, timelines for new start or scheduled appointment. Navigator becomes point of contact for patient/family/legal representative until the point in time in which services begin. Benefis Spectrum Navigator coordinates patient transitions to the Benefis Spectrum service lines of rehabilitative equipment services, orthotics, negative pressure wound therapy and licensed home health care to ensure timely, efficient care transitions.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Receives and responds to referrals from IP/OP case management and/or providers.
Screens patient/ for medical necessity, along with documentation for qualification to service.
Communicates referral results, whether patient qualifies or not.
Screens patient for insurance coverage/non-coverage of requested service and works with Benefis Spectrum intake staff for all paperwork needed to initiate service and/or product.
Assessment of resources available to patient for support and compliance with treatment plan as needed including additional support resources.
Liaison activities within the healthcare system, care team, and patient to facilitate a continuum of care and education of Benefis Spectrum Medical services.
Works with service line staff to get necessary notes/paperwork/orders required to start service or submit for insurance authorization. Once patient determined to qualify for services, navigator accountable for coordination of care until which time outpatient is established with services, to include appropriate follow- up appointments and visits as recommended.
Reviews and meets timelines/expectations, to include meeting plan of care guidelines and provide communication with appropriate individuals to include providers, PCP and patient/family.
Provide patient/family education on the services/products that will be provided.
Develop education and tools focused on specific service.
Completes face to face meeting with patient/family - inform of services, what to expect, answer questions related to specific service.
Serve as the point of contact for the patient and family communication/coordination for services until Benefis Spectrum services are initiated and/or product distributed.
Maintains excellent working relationships with physicians, customers, and other health care organizations.
Responsible for outreach efforts to establish and maintain positive working relationships with physicians, office staff, and all healthcare providers.
Communicating patient status to providers, primary care providers, patient and family.
Participates in patient care conference as needed.
Participates in discharge planning meetings with service line staff and case managers as appropriate.
Participates in pre and post pay audits as needed.
Attends appropriate departmental meetings to stay current with system initiatives, as well as, reimbursement policy changes.
Participates in professional organizations for personal and professional growth.
Must be able to work in a self-directed environment, with ability to work with and lead teams.
Assists in orientation of new staff.
Accepts other duties as assigned.
Demonstrates the ability to deal with pressure to meet deadlines, to be accurate, and to handle constantly changing situations.
Demonstrates the ability to deal with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and handle conflict.
Adheres to dress code.
Completes annual educational requirements.
Maintains regulatory requirements.
Wears identification while on duty.
Maintains confidentiality at all times.
Attends department staff meetings as required within the department.
Reports to work on time and as scheduled; completes work in designated time.
Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner.
Actively participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities.
Coordinates efforts in meeting regulatory compliance, federal, state and local regulations and standards
Communicates and complies with the Benefis Health System Mission, Vision and Values as well as the focus statement of the department.
Complies with Benefis Health System Organization Policies and Procedures.
Complies with Health and Safety Standards and Guidelines.
Licensed in the State of Montana as an Occupational or Physical Therapist.
Requires excellent leadership, organizational, written and verbal communication skills.
A minimum of two years' experience in post-acute or DMEPOS setting.
As a not-for-profit community health system, Benefis is driven to provide the highest level of care. We serve nearly 230,000 residents across a 15-county region that is bigger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont combined. Benefis is the largest non-governmental employer in the Great Falls area, with more than 3,000 employees.Benefis has 530 licensed beds (that includes 146 beds in long-term care, 71 in assisted living and 20 beds at Peace Hospice of Montana) and partners with over 250 area physicians.Our hospital has been recognized for its exceptional work in quality care by providing a wide range of programs and services to help you live the best life possible. We’re here to help you “Live well.”Benefis Health System came about when two Christian-based hospitals became one. Our founders believed in providing good care to all in need, and trusted that this would be accomplished. The Benefis name was derived using Latin root words: "Bene-" meaning good, and "fis-" for faith and trust. It’s these same root words that make up such terms as ‘beneficial’ and ‘confidence’.Benefis has been a trusted provider of care for more than 125 years. And our name speaks to o...ur commitment: good care one can put faith in.Benefis is consistently ranked among America’s top hospitals by the nation’s leading healthcare ratings organizations for a range of services, including cancer care, joint replacement, stroke treatment, wound care and home health.To learn more about our services, continue looking through our website at WWW.BENEFIS.ORG or call 406.455.5000.