ABOUT SHERIDAN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Sheridan Memorial Hospital is a progressive, state-of-the-art facility nestled beneath the Big Horn Mountains in beautiful Northeast Wyoming. Founded over 100 years ago, Sheridan Memorial is licensed for 88 beds with over 60 physicians who provide primary medical care and specialty care in more than 15 areas. We are proud of our more than 700 employees who provide personalized, patient-centered care in a healing environment. When people think of excellent healthcare, they think of Sheridan.
The performance of the Utilization Review function on all patients presenting for hospitalization to assist in identifying patients appropriate for admission to inpatient, observation, or other patient care status. Conducting continued stay review evaluating the medical necessity, appropriateness and efficient use of health care services of all hospitalizations, inpatient or outpatient. Collaborating with the physicians, health care team and care coordinator to optimally certify the level of care and facilitate the patient’s movement thru the continuum of care as appropriate.
- Demonstrates proficiency in the application of Milliman Care Guidelines (MCG) criteria.
- Manages all direct admits, clarifying level of care orders and performing MCG screening as appropriate. Acquires additional information if necessary to assist in level of care determination.
- Reviews all request for changes in status for admission from the PACU, cardiac catheterization area, or any outpatient surgery areas. Applies MCG criteria to determine appropriateness for level of care requested, consulting with attending physician as necessary.
- Identification of high risk social issues and referral to Social Worker or Director of Medical Management as appropriate.
- Proficiency with use of Conditional Code 44.
- Monitors use of healthcare resources. Communicates with physicians to assure patient receives diagnostics/evaluations in the Proper setting, i.e. inpatient vs outpatient
- Maintains current knowledge of CMS (Medicare) rules and regulations.
- Collaborates with the care coordinator to ensure appropriate level of care,
- Identifies and documents delays in service
- Conducts initial (admission) reviews at the time of presentation, or within 24 hours, if patient presents during uncovered hours.
- Conducts concurrent review per department policy (every three days for Medicare unless the patient condition changes), and as private payor dictates.
- Conducts observation reviews daily
- Follows department policy regarding escalation of utilization issues to the Physician Advisor or his/her designee.
- Ability to perform clinical data abstraction, valid analysis of data and reporting of hospital clinical quality of care performance information to regulatory agencies by established guidelines.
- Ability to identify issues of concern, emerging trends, and areas of interdepartmental need and processes requiring action to Adequately adapt to the dynamics impacting quality of care.
- Ability to identify strategies to attain quality improvement goals.
- Supports the coordination, implementation, and evaluation of patient safety initiative and harm-reduction activities.
- Knowledgeable of the occurrence reporting system, RL Solutions.
- Promotes safety through presentation, staff education and education materials.
- Uses continuous process improvement methodologies to support patient safety improvement projects and processes redesign by leading, organizing and mentoring improvement teams.
Education / Experience / License and Certifications
- Current unrestricted Wyoming Registered Nurse License.
- BLS certification, required.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or related field with case management experience, preferred.
- 3-5 years recent hospital based patient care or relevant experience.
- Milliman or InterQual experience, preferred.
- HMO, managed care, PPO, Utilization Management/medical management experience preferred.
- Healthcare quality improvement experience preferred.
Sheridan Memorial Hospital is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please click here.
Specific demands not listed: Possible exposure to blood and or body fluids / infectious disease / hazardous waste requiring the use of Personal Protective Equipment. Exposure to odorous chemicals / specimens and Latex products.
Pre-employment drug and alcohol screening is required.