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Care Advocate - Remote in Houston, TX - 2233133

UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group

Legal
Houston, TX, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024

You’ll enjoy the flexibility to telecommute* from anywhere within the U.S. as you take on some tough challenges.

WellMed was founded in 1990 with a vision of being a physician-led company that could change the face of healthcare delivery for seniors. Through the WellMed Care Model, we specialize in helping our patients stay healthy by providing the care they need from doctors who care about them. We partner with multiple Medicare Advantage health plans in Texas and Florida and look forward to continuing growth.

The Care Advocate role will engage and develop relationships with our members. This role focuses on proactive, best practices, consultation and improvement of quality care for members and /or their caregivers throughout the healthcare continuum.

The Care Advocate role will engage and develop relationships with our members. This role focuses on proactive, best practices, consultation and improvement of quality care for members and / or their caregivers throughout the healthcare continuum. The primary responsibility for member support includes the initial engagement, coordination with our providers, connecting member with various care teams, educating member on pending/current hospitalizations, supporting member through next site of care as well as a 30-day discharge from a facility. As a Care Advocate, you will act as a resource and advocate for members and their caregivers to ensure an optimal member experience. This position is also responsible for coordination and communication to members, physicians and other care management teams serving as a liaison with external departments to ensure consistent member care. Includes but not limited to managing outgoing /incoming calls, scheduling provider appointments, providing information on available services, managing referral process and transferring members as appropriate to clinical staff.

This position is full-time, Monday – Friday. Employees are required to have flexibility to work a shift between our normal business hours of 8:00am – 5:00pm CST. It may be necessary, given the business need, to work occasional overtime. Our office is located at 4700 W Sam Houston Pkwy North Houston, TX 77041.

We offer 3 – 4 weeks of paid training. The hours of the training will be 8:00am – 5:00pm CST, Monday – Friday.

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

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Establishes a trusting relationship with identified members, caregivers, clinic staff and physicians (may be completed face-to-face or virtual with member)
  • Proactively engages the member to coordinate their care needs
  • Keeps member actively engaged with their primary care physician and assists member with any scheduling medical appointments/transportation; clinical issues or concerns will be directed to a nurse/clinical professional
  • Partners with the member’s care team (community, providers, internal staff); serving as a liaison between member and/or caregiver and all health services / processes
  • Connects members who need guidance and assistance with any specific barriers to healthcare identified through telephonic outreach with an appropriate care team to assist in solving the member’s needs
  • Conduct Social Determinants of Health assessments to identify member needs and connect member with an appropriate care team to assist
  • Plans, prioritizes, organizes and completes work to meet established objectives
  • Review care history documentation (e.g., case notes); includes navigation between computer screens and platforms to research information (e.g., medical, clinical, or benefits information)
  • Serves as primary point of contact for internal and external stakeholders
  • Conducts in-bound and out-bound calls including, but not limited to: member touch-points, clinical staff coordination, member scheduling, and/or surveys/screenings
  • Enters timely and accurate data into the electronic medical record to communicate member needs and ensure complete documentation of member visits and phone calls
  • Periodically may visit members/patients in facility or next site of care, requiring ability to travel reliably to and from location
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned

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:

  • High School Diploma / GED
  • Must be 18 years of age OR older
  • 4+ years of experience in customer service support and/or engagement
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Ability to interact productively with individuals and with multidisciplinary teams
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access and Microsoft Outlook
  • Call Center experience
  • Fast pace environment
  • Must have the ability to reliably travel locally where/when necessary
  • Ability to work any full-time, Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00am – 5:00pm CST including the flexibility to work occasional overtime based on business need

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Health care experience
  • Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish language proficiency
  • Knowledge of medical terminology
  • Basic understanding of Medicare and Medicaid health plans
  • Experience working with Medicare and Medicaid populations
  • Ability to comprehend and retain detailed information

Telecommuting Requirements:

  • Reside within commutable distance to 4700 W Sam Houston Pkwy North Houston, TX 77041
  • Ability to keep all company sensitive documents secure (if applicable)
  • Required to have a dedicated work area established that is separated from other living areas and provides information privacy
  • Must live in a location that can receive a UnitedHealth Group approved high-speed internet connection or leverage an existing high-speed internet service

Physical and Work Environment:

  • Ability to lift up to 10 pounds
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to use fine motor skills to operate office equipment and/or machinery
  • Ability to properly drive and operate a vehicle
  • Ability to receive and comprehend instructions verbally and/or in writing
  • Ability to use logical reasoning for simple and complex problem solving

At UnitedHealth Group, our mission is to help people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone. We believe everyone–of every race, gender, sexuality, age, location, and income–deserves the opportunity to live their healthiest life. Today, however, there are still far too many barriers to good health which are disproportionately experienced by people of color, historically marginalized groups, and those with lower incomes. We are committed to mitigating our impact on the environment and enabling and delivering equitable care that addresses health disparities and improves health outcomes — an enterprise priority reflected in our mission.

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 law.

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

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