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Nurse Reviewer - Facility Utilization Review


Posted: 10/2/2019
Job Reference #: 5000497342406

Job Description

Employment Type


Exempt or Non-Exempt


Job Summary

Under minimal supervision, conducts detailed analysis and review of inpatient hospital stays and suspended claims, by applying clinical expertise against HMSA medical and reimbursement policies, plan benefits and nationally-accepted clinical guidelines to determine appropriateness of care for all HMSA members.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Associates Degree in Nursing
  2. Current, unrestricted Nursing License in the state of Hawaii as an RN.
  3. Two years clinical care experience or case management or related experience.
  4. Knowledge of the appropriate protocol to be followed for a given diagnosis and the normative values of medical tests and procedures.
  5. Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including: Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  6. Good typing skills
  7. Strong organizational skills
  8. Good communication skills both verbally and written
  9. Multi-tasking skills
  10. Critical thinking skills

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Applies appropriate medical necessity criteria from established medical policies and clinical practice guidelines to apply concurrent review determinations as described in the Medical Management UM work plan. This detailed clinical judgment includes determination of inpatient hospital stays as medically appropriate for the member's clinical condition or whether the stay requires referral to a Medical Director for potential denial. The Nurse Reviewer must follow each line of business requirements and each accrediting body's (CMS, NCQA, HSAG) requirements for each inpatient admission. Responsibilities include using effective relationship management, coordination of services, resource management, education, patient advocacy, and related interventions to:
    • Promote improved quality of care and/or life
    • Promote cost effective medical outcomes
    • Prevent hospitalization when possible and appropriate
    • Promote decreased lengths of hospital stays when appropriate
    • Ensure the quality of care member is receiving during hospital stay is appropriate
    • Ensure appropriate levels of care are received by patients
    • Consult with Medical Directors on potential quality issues encountered during review of medical records in situations when the complexity of the member's medical, surgical and/or pharmaceutical management is unclear and may require further review or intervention and follow up with attending physicians, hospitalists or other facility staff
  2. Provide appropriate consultation and referral to Case Management or QUEST Integration program as appropriate.
  3. Identify appropriate alternative and non-traditional resources and demonstrate creativity in managing each case to fully utilize all available inpatient and community resources.
  4. Identifies cost savings and accurately records all communications and interventions.
  5. Evaluates suspended claims against medical records to determine the medical necessity and appropriateness of medical services, identify irregularities such as over or under-utilization of services, potential up-coding, over billing, etc.
  6. Communicates timely, accurate information either verbally or in writing using clinical judgment, knowledge of medical/reimbursement policies and plan benefits to internal MM staff, other internal departments (Claims Administration, Customer Relations, etc.), providers, members and other authorized persons. For denied services, ensures the denial, benefit and appeal language are accurate and consistent with department procedures, accreditation and regulatory guidelines.
  7. Identifies and refers members with specific medical and/or behavioral health needs or complex case management and collaborates with case management staff as needed. Also identifies and refers quality of care issues and suspected fraud, waste or abuse to the appropriate departments.
  8. Other duties as assigned.