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Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant - Home Visits - Buffalo, NY at UnitedHealth Group

Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant - Home Visits - Buffalo, NY

UnitedHealth Group Work From Home, TX Full-Time

$40,000 Student Loan Repayment or $20,000 Sign-on Bonus for individuals who have not previously participated in this program.

Landmark Health, part of the Optum and UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, was created to transform how healthcare is delivered to the most medically vulnerable members in our community. Our medical group provides home-based medical care to chronically ill patients, many of whom are ill-equipped to navigate our overwhelming healthcare system.

Objective

This role primarily provides medical care and management to members served by the Landmark program who request urgent visits to the NCM on call from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday – Friday (Non-Holiday).  This position also participates in gathering clinical information for medical necessity determinations for service requests.  Works with the Landmark Regional Medical Director, Director of Health Services, and IDT staff in the development and/or implementation of medical management policy, clinical protocols, utilization management guidelines, and quality management programs.  Dedicated to improving the health and well-being of members, this position collaborates with the PCP, and as needed, the health plan Medical Director and other health professionals, to develop members’ goals of care in all phases of long-term care.   

If you are located in Buffalo, NY, you will have the flexibility to telecommute as you take on some tough challenges.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Practices in accordance with the respective state laws and regulations governing the practice of physician assistants
  • Working with the NCM schedules patients for maintenance visits in a way and volume that allows prompt response to urgent patient requests during normal business hours
  • Following the visit promptly communicates with the PCP and specialist as needed along with communicating findings to their primary assigned Landmark provider
  • Completes the required documentation in a timely manner (goal <48 hours) allowing the care team a access to the care provided and a note to be generated to the PCP
  • Understands and complies with long-term care policies and procedures, including those that regulate nursing facilities and assisted living communities
  • Establishes and maintains effective relationships with members and their legal representatives, facility staff, PCPs and other collaborating physicians/providers
  • Performs an initial comprehensive assessment on all newly enrolled members and at least bi-annually thereafter.  Develops a member management care plan upon enrollment and updates it as needed when changes in condition warrant or following hospitalization.  Meets with members and/or their legal representatives to review newly developed or modified care plans; involves the PCP in these meetings
  • Completes follow-up and post-hospital assessments according to documented standard operating procedure
  • Prescribes appropriate diagnostics and interventions to avoid unnecessary transfers/acute admissions
  • Consults with hospital physicians following notification of member transfer
  • Collaborates with UM staff and PCPs/facility staff to enable medical necessity determinations for requested medical services
  • Educates members and/or their legal representatives in disease processes affecting members and ways to manage them effectively, as well as to promote wellness
  • Provides counsel, support and education to facility staff
  • Supports FCMs in developing and providing in-service educational programs to facility staff
  • Participates in management meetings that include, but may not be limited to:
    • Weekly case conference reviews
    • Monthly staff meetings
    • Schedule Joint Operating Committee meetings
    • Quarterly Quality Improvement Committee meetings
    • Continuing education/journal club programs
  • Implements HEDIS measure campaigns and other quality initiatives as directed by Corporate Health Services to ensure the highest standards of care and to promote the improvement of care management and delivery
    • On-call for caseload during business hours.  May require some participation in clinical on-call program as plan expands
  • Keeps current on relevant medical and nursing research, technology, and related issues by attending continuing education courses, professional meetings and journal reviews
  • Perform related duties as necessary and other duties as assigned

COMPETENCY:

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics
  • Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others
  • Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; responds promptly to customer needs; solicits customer feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance; meets commitments
  • Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict; maintains confidentiality; listens to others; keeps emotions under control and overcomes resistance when necessary; remains open to new ideas
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and seeks clarification; responds openly to questions.  Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events
  • Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrives at meetings and appointments on time

You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Completion of a Nurse Practtioner or Physician Assistant program
  • Knowledge of long-term care, community resources and cost-effective alternatives regarding patient care delivery systems
  • Knowledge of CPT, ICD-9 and HCPC codes
  • Knowledge of clinical standards of care
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential requirement of this role. Candidates located in states that mandate COVID-19 booster doses must also comply with those state requirements. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination, and boosters when applicable, prior to employment to ensure compliance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of clinical experience
  • Awareness about UM standards, NCQA requirements, CMS guidelines, Milliman guidelines, and Medicaid/Medicare contracts and benefit systems

Physical Demands:

Below are the physical requirements which are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Regular requirement to sit; use hands to touch, handle or feel
  • Regular requirement to talk and listen
  • Occasional requirement to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms
  • Occasional requirement to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds
  • Vision abilities include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
  • Ability to travel by plane or car

Work Environment:

Below is a description of the work environment that the employee will encounter while performing the essential functions of the job

  • Noise level is usually moderate

To protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients and communities we serve, UnitedHealth Group and its affiliate companies require all employees to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status prior to beginning employment. In addition, some roles and locations require full COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as an essential job function. UnitedHealth Group adheres to all federal, state and local COVID-19 vaccination regulations as well as all client COVID-19 vaccination requirements and will obtain the necessary information from candidates prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Failure to meet the vaccination requirement may result in rescission of an employment offer or termination of employment

Careers with Optum. Here's the idea. We built an entire organization around one giant objective; make health care work better for everyone. So when it comes to how we use the world's large accumulation of health-related information, or guide health and lifestyle choices or manage pharmacy benefits for millions, our first goal is to leap beyond the status quo and uncover new ways to serve. Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, brings together some of the greatest minds and most advanced ideas on where health care has to go in order to reach its fullest potential. For you, that means working on high performance teams against sophisticated challenges that matter. Optum, incredible ideas in one incredible company and a singular opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)

*All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy.

 **PLEASE NOTE** Employees must be in an active regular status. Employees must remain in role for a minimum of 12 months from the date of hire /rehire/transfer.  If an employee leaves Home and Community, the student loan repayments will cease.  The employee must remain in an Advanced Practice Clinician or Physician role within Home and Community for 36 months to receive the full benefit of the student loan repayments.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by lower 48 law.

 

UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

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