Remote LVN, Utilization Management


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Requisition Number: 2207295
Job Category: Nursing
Primary Location: Irvine, CA
(Remote considered)

For those who want to invent the future of health care, here’s your opportunity. We’re going beyond basic care to health programs integrated across the entire continuum of care. Join us to start Caring. Connecting. Growing together. 

Optum’s Pacific West region is redefining health care with a focus on health equity, affordability, quality, and convenience. From California to Oregon and Washington, we are focused on helping more than 2.5 million patients live healthier lives and helping the health system work better for everyone. At Optum Pacific West, we care. We care for our team members, our patients, and our communities. Join our culture of caring and make a positive and lasting impact on health care for millions.

Under the general direction of the Utilization Management Manager, the Utilization Management Nurse is responsible for prospective and concurrent/retrospective review of referrals ensuring regulatory requirements are being met as they relate to language readability and appropriate citation of criteria in Member correspondence. This position is responsible for ensuring Member’s needs are met using nationally recognized UM criteria.

You’ll enjoy the flexibility to work remotely * from anywhere within Southern CA as you take on some tough challenges.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Screening and reviewing prospective, concurrent, and retrospective referrals and authorizations for medical necessity and appropriateness of service and care and discussing with Medical Directors
  • Coordinates health care services with appropriate physicians, facilities, contracted providers, ancillary providers, allied health professionals, funding sources, and community resources
  • Prospective review to determine the appropriateness of denial, possible alternative treatment, and draft denial language to ensure consistent application of standardized, nationally recognized UM criteria and appropriate use of denial language
  • Coordinates out-of-network and out-of-area cases with members’ health plans and the Case Management team
  • Reviews patient referrals within the specified care management policy timeframe (Type and Timeline Policy)
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with physicians and office staff
  • Demonstrates a thorough understands of the cost consequences resulting from care management decisions through the utilization of appropriate reports such as Health Plan Eligibility and Benefits and Division of Responsibility (DOR)
  • Maintains effective communication with health plans, physicians, hospitals, extended care facilities, patients, and families

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:

  • Graduation from an accredited Licensed Vocational Nurse program
  • Active, unrestricted LVN license in the state of California
  • 1+ years of clinical experience working as an LVN/LPN
  • 1+ years Utilization management experience including Prior Authorization

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of experience working as an LVN/LPN
  • 2+ years of previous care management, utilization review or discharge planning experience.
  • Experience in an HMO or experience in a Managed Care setting

*All employees working remotely will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, or Washington Residents Only: The hourly range for California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, or Washington residents is $19.47 to $38.08 per hour. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. In addition to your salary, UnitedHealth Group offers benefits such as, a comprehensive benefits package, incentive and recognition programs, equity stock purchase and 401k contribution (all benefits are subject to eligibility requirements). No matter where or when you begin a career with UnitedHealth Group, you’ll find a far-reaching choice of benefits and incentives.