University of Washington - Seattle, WA4.1

Full-time | Part-time | Temporary
As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Harborview Medical Center has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time, temporary/hourly, SOCIAL WORKER, PSYCH UTILIZATION MANAGEMENT to provide direct social work and implement the full range of social work for patients.

Responsible for ongoing review of a group of psychiatric patients including the identification of reason for admission, clinical complications and relevant co-morbidities
Provide regular reporting of clinical information to relevant payers as required to obtain ongoing inpatient level of care certification for the patient and to decrease financial risk for the hospital
Monitor length of stay by performing admit, concurrent and retrospective reviews using Milliman or other criteria
Act as a resource/content expert on information regarding patient level of care, symptom severity, care intensity and funding to the inpatient multidisciplinary teams to help in decision making and efficient use of hospital resources
Interacts with external utilization review organizations or payers as directed by Social Work Supervisory for inpatient concurrent review approvals, keeps physicians, psychiatric social workers and other clinical care providers informed when there are issues that may impact ongoing inpatient level of care
Review patient records for proper case documentation, and medical necessity of treatment in relation to federal, state and county regulations
Facilitate improved team documentation in medical records to ensure clinical acuity is documented appropriately and supports patients’ level of care needs while mitigating financial risk to the medical center
Through frequent communication with physicians, social workers and other hospital staff, the UM SW is responsible for the resolution of quality, utilization and/or risk issues which may arise during a patients’ hospitalization
Mentor new staff and serve as a Practicum Instructor for Social Work students, as assigned
Actively participate in the development of yearly performance goals and implementation plan
Attend and participate in supervision and departmental meetings, including Grand Rounds, team meetings and committees as assigned
Perform other duties as required

A Master of Social Work Degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
One year of full-time social work experience in a health care setting or equivalent. Experience can include a practicum placement as part of a social work training program and/or employment experience.

Within 90 days of hire must hold one of the following credentials issued by the state of Washington:
Agency Affiliated Counselor
Licensed Social Work Associate -Advanced
Licensed Social Work Associate - Independent Clinical
Licensed Advance Social Worker
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

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