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Clinical Assessment Manager (UAS), Manhattan

Overview

In home assessments for members residing in Manhattan. Job Profile Summary 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 VNSNY CHOICE policies as well as applicable state and federal regulations. Delivers timely notification detailing VNSNY CHOICE clinical decisions. Coordinates with VNSNY CHOICE 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 VNSNY and 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 VNSNY CHOICE 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 VNSNY CHOICE.
  • 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 VNSNY CHOICE 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 VNSNY CHOICE 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.


ABOUT US

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) is one of the nation's largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organizations, serving the five boroughs of New York City, and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. For over 125 years, VNSNY has been committed to improving the health and well-being of people through high-quality, cost-effective health care in the home and community. We offer a wide range of services, programs, and health plans to meet the diverse needs of our patients, health plan members, and clients from before birth to the end of life. On any given day, VNSNY employees - including nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, home health aides and other professionals - deliver compassionate care, unparalleled medical expertise, and 24/7 solutions and resources to approximately 40,000 individuals in our care helping them to live the best lives possible in their homes and communities.