Practice Management Specialist (Behavioral Health)

UnitedHealth Group - Oregon

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The Behavioral Health Practice Management Specialist must demonstrate strong clinical and analytic skills, strong oral and written communication skills and must be comfortable working closely with senior leaders at high volume providers/groups/facilities. They will be responsible for the development of relationships with Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs), groups, and facilities as well as other outpatient behavioral health entities. They will monitor their clinical effectiveness and efficiency, as well as compliance with contractual obligations. This Practice Specialist will work closely with Care Advocacy Operations, Affordability and Network Management teams to affect desired outcomes with facilities / programs as it relates primarily to treatment for our public sector membership.

The Practice Specialist will partner with outpatient providers/groups/facilities that operate outside of typical practice or billing patterns which will be subject to a specific set of interventions. The Practice Specialist’s role with these providers / groups / facilities will be to coordinate a strategic effort that includes Clinical Operations, Network Services, Program and Network Integrity, and Affordability with the goal of designing and delivering interventions aimed at addressing outlier practice patterns, while improving provider performance, quality and clinical outcomes. Theseinterventions may include, but are not limited to, clinical audits and the development of performance improvement plans.

If you live in Washington state or surrounding states, you will have the flexibility to telecommute* as you take on some tough challenges.

Primary Responsibilities:
Interface with senior leaders (e.g., CEO) at high volume facilities / providers/ groups
Communicate with facilities / providers / groups to initiate appropriate interventions focused on improvement of clinical outcomes and efficiency, improved quality of care, and appropriate billing and practice patterns
Support those high performing providers / groups / facilities such that performance remains at a high level
Identify outliers through analysis of clinical outcomes data, utilization / claims data
Conduct program audits and provide feedback results
Measure improvement of program performance over time
Modify interventions as appropriate
Initiate and monitor Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs) as appropriate to affect performance
Interface with other Optum departments including Care Advocacy, Affordability, Clinical Network Services, Program and Network Integrity, Legal, and Quality Improvement

Required Qualifications:
Licensed Master's Degree-Level Clinician in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or Marriage or Family Counseling OR a Licensed Ph.D. level Psychologist, OR an RN with behavioral health experience
License must be active and unrestricted to practice at the independent level
3+ years of utilization management experience in a managed care setting
Direct provider facing experience
Experience auditing medical records and reviewing results
Knowledge of CPT / HCPCS codes
Experience in interpreting and utilizing clinical data analytics in healthcare and use of that data to drive change
Strong communication skills, written and verbal, including ability to communicate effectively with and present to various levels of leadership
Strong analytical skills with knowledge of or willingness to use Microsoft Excel on a frequent basis
Dedicated space for home office set up and access to high speed internet services

Preferred Qualifications:
Direct clinical experience (Post Licensure)
Knowledge of public sector benefits, i.e., Medicaid
Ability to balance contractual and clinical considerations
Capacity to provide solutions for non - standard and/or complex issues solutions
Excellent time management and prioritization skills
Ability to establish and maintain strategic relationships with senior leadership teams
Residence in the state of Alaska or the Pacific Northwest region is highly preferred

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