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Patient Financial Counselor – Michigan Medicine – Ann Arbor, MI

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

Under general supervision, assist patients, families and internal customers of Michigan Medicine with a broad range of financial activities, which includes assisting patients and families with Hospital and Professional billing and insurance concerns, pre-screening eligibility for MSupport, cash collections, establishing payment agreements, providing Hospital and Professional charge estimates, and collaborating with various billing departments, specialty clinics, hospitals, and health centers on related billing concerns.

Works independently and efficiently to assist families. Independently prioritizes work to achieve the best financial experience for patients and families. This position provides extraordinary seamless services to internal and external customers. This position is located at the hospital or clinic (satellite) and reports to the Manager of Outpatient Financial Clearance and Counseling.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.


Provide exceptional customer service to all patients/callers by offering assistance and ensuring customer satisfaction Depending on assignment, answers patient calls for at least 80% of workday, effectively responds to patient inquiries via telephone encounter or through the patient portal, returns patient calls left on department voicemail, responds to patient correspondence received via mail, or works on accounts with early out vendor Sees walk-in and scheduled patients and their families, Answers inbound customer phone calls for patients requiring financial assistance and direction/education Works closely with inpatient staff (i.e. providers, social workers, admin managers) to resolve complex accounts and accounts sensitive in nature requiring high level of business acumen, empathy and personal integrity Help eligible patients and families apply for Healthy Michigan Plan, Children Special Health Care Service, Medicaid and Washtenaw Health Plan As a Certified Application Counselor through the Affordable Care Act, assist with private Health Insurance Marketplace applications and plan selection Provide charge and out-of-pocket estimates for medical procedures and episodes of care Ability to educate and explain to customers financial related items such as referrals, authorizations, waivers and Advanced Beneficiary Notices (ABNs) May serve as a liaison in the community, providing education and offering financial assistance Serve as the point person who links various areas of a complex health system into seamless service, coordinating communication between internal and external customers Investigate patient financial problems to discover root causes and possible solutions via various hospital and payer systems Read and interpret insurance plan benefits; explain benefits to patients, families and internal customers and interpret Michigan Medicine insurance plan participation status and explain how contract status impacts patient’s/family’s out-of-pocket costs Investigate and resolve issues with third party payers including Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, commercial plans, motor vehicle coverage, worker’s compensation and COBRA Identify performance improvement opportunities across revenue cycle including registration, clinic operations, information technology, charge entry, coding, documentation, billing, etc. Create payment plans (within established guidelines) at the conclusion of each patient contact as appropriate Committed to team efforts, quality improvement and lean thinking initiatives Respond quickly and act professionally/appropriately in stressful situations including de-escalation Able to handle challenging patients and customers effectively and professionally Demonstrates personal integrity, enthusiasm and empathy to internal and external customers Takes initiative in independently and effectively resolving a variety of complex billing issues and problems

Demonstrate and communicate patient financial advocacy

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, healthcare or an equivalent combination of education and experience Minimum of 5 years billing and/or claims experience in Revenue Cycle or healthcare setting with progressive levels of responsibility Demonstrated teamwork, interpersonal, communication and customer service skills Knowledge of medical terminology, ICD-9, CPT -4, and CDM codes Knowledge of C-Snap, Web Denis, CHAMPS and other payor sites Familiarity with Lean method of process improvement Extensive knowledge with clinical business operation systems Knowledge of 3 rd party payer rules and (Medicare, Medicaid, BCBSM, commercial, MVA, worker’s compensation) Excellent record of attendance and punctuality Demonstrate the highest standards in written communication, utilizing available and emerging technology and systems to maximize efficiency Demonstrates cultural humility in communications with others

Desired Qualifications*

Knowledge of MiChart (Epic) Knowledge of University policies and procedures, especially the UMHS Standard Practice Guide Able to understand and resolve complex patient billing issues In-depth knowledge of billing systems Knowledge of medical terminology and coding including CPT, ICD-9/10

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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