Highmark Health Dir Provider Contracting-Arkansas in Little Rock, Arkansas

Description

JOB SUMMARY

This job functions as the Dir Provider Contracting for the Arkansas (Forevercare) line of business and is responsible for directing negotiation of the plan’s key contracts with health care providers (hospitals, PHOs, physicians, intermediate care providers). Directs financial analyses of the provider’s payment history, develops approaches to manage the payout consistent with company parameters, oversees the actual negotiation process, and assumes the lead where necessary. Responsible for the development, implementation, maintenance, and updating of the plan’s multiple fee schedules and payment methodologies used to reimburse institutional and professional providers. Implements network contract and reimbursement initiatives as indicated by enterprise and market strategy.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Direct and oversee hospital and institutional provider contract negotiations, taking the lead in complex or high-dollar situations, where appropriate.

  • Negotiate rates for nonparticipating provider services or non-contracted services for applicable products.

  • Coordinate financial analyses and development of strategies for contract negotiations.

  • Manage the design and implementation of provider strategies and reimbursement methodologies aimed at controlling health care costs and evaluate the impact on providers.

  • Develop strategic relationships with key provider constituents and maintain critical communication with institutional and professional providers in sensitive contract discussions or in resolving reimbursement issues.

  • Generally coordinates and has primary responsibility for all provider reimbursement activities within the Plan, including the execution of initiatives in support of enterprise and market strategy.

  • Engage with external consultants as needed to develop and evaluate recommendations related to reimbursement and contractcompliance or other reimbursement-related issues.

  • May prepare expansion requests for regulatory agencies, oversee the production of provider directories for members, providers, and community agencies, has responsibility for the provider application process and oversee production of and reviews Access & Availability studies and GeoAccess maps, Alternative Language Studies and Encounter Studies for all states and all lines of business.

  • Facilitate and oversee CACTUS credentialing database functionality and paperless workflow processes through OnBase document management system.

  • Other duties as assigned or requested.

EDUCATION

Required

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Finance, Information Management, Healthcare Administration or Health related discipline

Substitutions

  • None

Preferred

  • Master's Degree in Business or Healthcare Administration

EXPERIENCE

Required

  • 5 years in Healthcare Administration/Delivery/Finance or related field

  • 3 years in a Management role

Preferred

  • None

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS

Required

  • None

Preferred

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

SKILLS

  • Working knowledge of third party payment concepts, and a solid understanding of health care finance and regional market environment

  • Demonstrated ability to act as a spokesman and interface with external corporate officers and consultants in contract negotiations

  • Superior ability to analyze data and reimbursement methods to determine strategies and issue resolution in negotiations and other business matters

Language (Other than English)

None

Travel Required

0% - 25%

PHYSICAL, MENTAL DEMANDS and WORKING CONDITIONS

Position Type

Office-Based

Teaches / trains others regularly

Frequently

Travel regularly from the office to various work sites or from site-to-site

Occasionally

Works primarily out-of-the office selling products/services (sales employees)

Never

Physical work site required

Yes

Lifting: up to 10 pounds

Frequently

Lifting: 10 to 25 pounds

Occasionally

Lifting: 25 to 50 pounds

Rarely

Disclaimer: The job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this job title. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job.

Compliance Requirement: This job adheres to the ethical and legal standards and behavioral expectations as set forth in the code of business conduct and company policies.

REQNUMBER: J121306

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