Katie Golden, a professional patient, writer, and advocate shares with us a job posting that feels all too familiar. Imagine how it would be for people with chronic disease if our primary focus was feeling better and not having to fight, advocate and spend countless hours on paperwork and telephone calls to get the care we need?
Chief Medical Officer of Personal Health Affairs (AKA Social Security Disability Beneficiary)
Full-time position, flexible hours.
Prerequisite: Ideal candidate would have a background in all of the following areas: analytics, accounting, patient advocacy, medical billing, insurance underwriting, legalese, pharmacology, healthcare administration, Social Security Disability, Medicare & Medicaid. Preference for those with M.D., Ph.D., CPA, RN, NP or Esq. behind their name.
Skills: The ideal candidate would be well organized, exhibit patience, possess a friendly phone manner, anticipate problems, show initiative, diligent in finding correct answers and keep meticulous notes.
Job Duties May Include:
- Schedule, prep and arrange transportation for 1-3 doctors’ visits per month. To include compiling a list of questions, a list of medications, changes in symptoms and provide medical records from other healthcare providers
- Interpret insurance policies and medical billing codes
- Reconcile medical bills
- Track payments toward deductibles
- Inquire about incorrect medical or insurance bills
- Fill out paperwork proving disability 3-6 times per year
- Coordinate medical records between doctors, insurance, and disability carriers
- Research medical conditions and make recommendations for changes to treatment plans
- Keep up with latest medical advancements
- Understand healthcare legislation
- Ability to multi-task while being on hold for hours on the phone
- Excellent note-taking skills
- Spend an abnormal amount of time at the pharmacy
- Develop and implement a plan for organizing medication
- Willing to be a medical guinea pig
- Ability to educate others
- Must be able to face stigma, prejudice, patient-blaming, accusations of being a drug addict, labeled as lazy, being fired by doctors, lose friends and miss important events
*Candidate must be able to perform these functions regardless of, and in spite of, his or her health condition at any given time.
*Candidate is also expected to maintain all household duties such as cleaning, laundry, cooking, parenting and managing relationships.
*No training is available for employees.
*If you are unable to perform your duties, you must nominate a loved one to take over your duties.
*Inability to master all of these skills can result in loss of benefits, health insurance and access to care.
Candidate will only receive insurance benefits and compensation if he/she is able to complete the tasks above. Lapse in attention to these details could result in loss of benefits. Sick days and vacation days will not be offered however candidates will be able to work from home.
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