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UnitedHealth Group Nurse Practitioner Per Diem Long Term Care Albany, Rensselaer, and Columbia Counties in Albany, New York

$2500 Sign On Bonus for External Candidates

Serving millions of Medicare and Medicaid patients, Optum is the nation's largest health and wellness business and a vibrant, growing member of the UnitedHealth Group family. We're also the career home for Nurse Practitioners who bring compassion and passion, energy and focus to their work every day.

In this role, you will provide primary care to patients in long term care or community settings. You will be responsible for the delivery of medical care services to a pre - designated group of enrollees.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Deliver cost - effective, quality care to assigned members

  • Manage both medical and behavioral chronic and acute conditions effectively in collaboration with a physician or specialty provider

  • Perform comprehensive assessments and document findings in a concise / comprehensive manner that is compliant with documentation requirements and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations

  • The NP is responsible for ensuring that all diagnoses are ICD9 / ICD10 coded accurately and documented appropriately to support the diagnosis at that visit

  • The NP is responsible for ensuring that all quality elements are addressed and documented

  • The NP will do an initial medication review, annual medication review and a post-hospitalization medication reconciliation

  • Facilitate agreement and implementation of the member's plan of care by engaging the facility staff, families/responsible parties, primary and specialty care physicians

  • Evaluate the effectiveness, necessity and efficiency of the plan, making revisions as needed

  • Utilizes practice guidelines and protocols established by CPM

  • May be required to participate in on - call program

  • Travel between care sites mandatory

  • After hour on call coverage may be required

Care Coordination:

  • Understand the Payer / Plan benefits, Optum associate policies, procedures and articulate them effectively to providers, members and key decision - makers

  • Assess the medical necessity / effectiveness of ancillary services to determine the appropriate initiation of benefit events and communicate the process to providers and appropriate team members

  • Coordinate care as member's transition through different levels of care and care settings

  • Continually monitor the needs of members and families while facilitating any adjustments to the plan of care as situations and conditions change

  • Review orders and interventions for appropriateness and response to treatment to identify most effective plan of care that aligns with the member's needs and wishes

  • Evaluate plan of care for cost effectiveness while meeting the needs of members, families and providers to decreases high costs, poor outcomes and unnecessary hospitalizations

Program Enhancement Expected Behaviors:

  • Regular and effective communication with internal and external parties including physicians, members, key decision-makers, nursing facilities, Optum staff and other provider groups

  • Actively promote the Optum programs in community (Skilled nursing facility, Assisted living facility, community) by partnering with key stakeholders (i.e.: internal sales function, provider relations, facility leader) to maintain and develop membership caseload

  • Exhibit original thinking and creativity in the development of new and improved methods and approaches to concerns/issues

  • Function independently and responsibly with minimal need for supervision

  • Demonstrate initiative in achieving individual, team and organizational goals and objectives

  • Participate in Optum quality initiatives

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:

  • Proficient computer skills including the ability to document medical information with written and electronic medical records

  • Understanding of Geriatrics and Chronic Illness

  • Understanding of Advanced Illness and end of life discussions

  • Certified nurse practitioner through ANCC / AANP for adult, family and / or geriatrics (GNP preferred)

  • Current unrestricted license in state(s) in which practicing

  • Unrestricted DEA (license to prescribe narcotics / level II info here) per state regulations (unless prohibited in state of practice)

Preferred Qualification:

  • Prior experience as a Nurse Practitioner in a long term care setting or community setting for a minimum of one year

*PLEASE NOTE* The sign on bonus is only available to external candidates. Candidates who are currently working for a UnitedHealth Group, UnitedHealthcare or a related entity in a full time, part time, or per diem basis ("Internal Candidates") are not eligible to receive a sign on bonus.

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)

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: 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.

Job Keywords: Nurse Practitioner, NP, long term care, LTC, Assisted Living, Nursing Home, Primary Care, Albany, NY, New York

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