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Patient Relations Specialist at The University of Iowa

Patient Relations Specialist

The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Full-Time

The Office of the Patient Experience at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has an opening for a full-time Patient Relations Specialist.  The Patient Relations Specialist serves as a patient relations liaison between consumers of healthcare services and the administration, staff and physicians of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. 

The Patient Relations Specialist:

  • interacts with patients, all levels of management and employees in identifying, evaluating, researching and resolving patient grievances;
  • resolves patient complaints and grievances in a manner consistent with hospital policies and federal and state regulations;
  • protects and promotes patient rights;
  • provides feedback and recommendations in the design and improvement of patient care systems. 

This position requires extensive direct interaction with physicians, top levels of management and dissatisfied patients. The successful candidate must possess excellent verbal and written skills; strong analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to make formal presentations; excellent interpersonal skills; must be empathetic and patient and possess good judgement.

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Serve as a central resource for information concerning patients’ rights and responsibilities.
  • Promote compliance with Joint Commission requirements and federal and state regulations pertaining to patients’ rights and assist with their implementation throughout the organization.
  • Coordinate, investigate, resolve and respond to patient/visitor inquiries, complaints and grievances related to the services and healthcare provided by staff and physicians.  This requires the ability to:
    • function objectively in hostile, sensitive and stressful situations;
    • retain/recall and synthesize extensive detailed information;
    • elicit information from poor and evasive communicators and gather and present information in an organized manner, both verbally and in writing;
    • recommend solutions to a wide range of people including patients, visitors, physicians, nurse, managers, department heads, clinic administrators, and senior hospital administrators.
  • Promote confidentiality, respect and dignity for all persons as standards throughout the organization by serving as a resource for staff training and education programs in the College of Medicine, College of Nursing and other relevant colleges and departments within the University of Iowa.
  • Provide expertise on customer needs and expectations, and act to educate and advise staff and physicians concerning these issues.
  • Master an understanding of the mission, policies, procedures and services of the organization, in order to respond to questions and concerns expressed by patients, visitors, staff and physicians.
  • Develop a consultant/advisor relationship with assigned clinics and units to build and sustain a patient and family-centered focus and environment.
  • Compose letters and email messages to patients, visitors, staff and physicians.
  • Identify potential risk management/liability cases and, after initial investigation, prepare a case summary for Legal Services.  At the discretion and direction of legal counsel, the Patient Relations Specialist may continue to serve as the primary contact with complainant to manage a situation where risk is present.
  • Identify potential problem areas (i.e., service breakdowns, staff training needs, communication issues, scheduling difficulties, etc.), and contribute to solutions and improvements.
  • Document patient/visitor contacts to include patient demographic data, synopsis of contact, actions taken to resolve, and all correspondence with the complainant as required by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation for Patient Rights.
  • Maintain strong working relationships with all departments and divisions of UI Hospitals and Clinics, such as Nursing Services and Patient Care; Patient Financial Services; College of Medicine and Vice President Medical Affairs; Social Services; Legal Services; Joint Office for Compliance; Healthcare Human Resources; Clinical Quality, Safety & Performance Improvement, and others.
  • Submit necessary information to Legal Services regarding reimbursement for lost, stolen or damaged personal belongings.
  • Partake in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics service recovery program; provide training and ongoing support to units and clinics in responding to patient/visitor dissatisfaction.
  • Escalate all requests for reimbursement or billing adjustments related to customer service and/or patient care to the Office of The Patient Experience leadership team or Legal Services. 
  • Participate on committees that impact on patient and family needs and respect for patients’ rights, and other committees as indicated or appropriate.
  • Refer consumers to appropriate services and resources in the hospital and within the community.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

Percent of Time: 100% (full-time)

Work schedule: Some flexibility between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday

Location: This position is located at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA

Salary: $41,000 to $55,000

Pay Level: 3A [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Patient Relations Specialist

Benefits Highlights:  Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans. Complete information regarding the full benefits package may be viewed at: [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Patient Relations Specialist

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in life science, psychology, sociology, nursing, health administration or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Reasonable experience (1 – 3 years) working in a similar capacity (i.e. providing direct patient or customer support, identifying circumstances that generate customer dissatisfaction, and aiding in resolution of problems, issues or concerns).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are required (demonstrated through good listening and interpersonal skills, and the ability to adapt language, style, and tone to different audiences to ensure that the message is understood as intended).  
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse individuals. Must be able to demonstrate a professional presence reflecting exceptional customer service and cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (including Outlook, Word, Power Point and Excel) is required. 

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience working in a hospital/health care setting in a role dealing with patients, families, physicians, staff and senior-level administrators.
  • Considerable knowledge of University of Iowa Healthcare policies, procedures and regulations is desirable.

Application Process: 

  • In order to be considered, applicants must upload aresume and cover letter (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.
  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.
  • Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal and credential background check.
  • Five (5) professional references will be required at a later step during the hiring process.
  • This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.
  • For questions, contact Heidi Bodensteiner at [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Patient Relations Specialist.

Additional Information

  • Classification Title: Support Services Specialist
  • Appointment Type: Professional and Scientific
  • Schedule: Full-time

Compensation

  • Pay Level: 4B
  • Starting Salary Minimum: 60,739.00

Contact Information



Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer


The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.


Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services,

(319) 335-2660
or [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Patient Relations Specialist.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at
319-356-7543
.

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