UnityPoint Health

Patient Access Associate

Requisition ID
Registration and Scheduling
US-IA-Des Moines
700 E University Ave
3020 UnityPoint Health Des Moines
Des Moines
Patient Access
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Week 1- ER- M/T/TH/F 2p-5p, Outpatient- W 3p-1130p Week 2- ER- M/T/TH 2p-5p, Outpatient W 3p-1130p and Sa 3p-7a
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Part Time Benefits


***$1,500 SIGN ON BONUS***


Creates accurate and thorough registration for each patient visit. Responsible for obtaining demographic and financial information as well as obtaining signatures required for successful and compliant billing submission. Collects patient liability before or at the time of service as defined by the patient’s insurance plan. Interact in a customer focused and compassionate manner to ensure patient’s needs are met.


Why UnityPoint Health? 

  • Commitment to our Team – We’ve been named a Top 150 Place to Work in Healthcare 2022 by Becker’s Healthcare for our commitment to our team members.
  • Culture – At UnityPoint Health, you Come for a fulfilling career and experience a culture guided by uncompromising values and unwavering belief in doing what's right for the people we serve.
  • Benefits – Our competitive Total Rewards program offers benefits options that align with your needs and priorities, no matter what life stage you’re in.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment – We’re committed to ensuring you have a voice that is heard regardless of role, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
  • Development – We believe equipping you with support and development opportunities is an essential part of delivering a remarkable employment experience.
  • Community Involvement – Be an essential part of our core purpose—to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.


Visit us at UnityPoint.org/careers to hear more from our team members about why UnityPoint Health is a great place to work. https://dayinthelife.unitypoint.org/ 


·Engage with patient/legal representative to obtain and input accurate demographic and insurance data to ensure accuracy

·Consistently schedules, registers, and obtains signatures in accordance with compliance regulations

·Collect accurate, complete and compliant data from patient and or guarantor. Follow all policy and procedures related to optimal financial performance

·Utilize tools such as real time eligibility responses, on-line resources, phone or fax to verify eligibility and ensure accuracy

·Understand and communicate patient benefit information and follow collection guidelines

·Understand and execute downtime procedures to ensure data integrity

·Demonstrate UnityPoint’s FOCUS Values in all actions and interactions.

·Consistently use AIDET and no point policy in all interactions

·Greet all patients and visitors with quality customer service and professionalism to ensure an exceptional patient experience

·Answer telephone calls in a clear, calm, and professional manner; screen calls by urgency and route calls promptly, accurately and professionally to appropriate team member or department

·Anticipate the business needs to assist coworkers and adapt to staff coverage in any registration area or site

·Understand basic self-pay or underinsured patient policies to refer to the appropriate teams for resolution Ensure accuracy of data collection by resolving registration errors as assigned by work queues

·Understand requirements for authorization and medical necessity

·Use standardized tools to identify missed information and secure proper documentation

·Ensure financial integrity of the billing system with accurate reconciliation for point of service collections and cash drawer balancing

·Utilize estimate tools within EPIC to accurately present financial liability

·Professionally process the collection of financial liability and facilitate payment arrangements

·Support and contribute to department goals by attending department meetings and participating in performance improvement activities

·Anticipate the need to assist coworkers and adapt to staff coverage at any registration areas/sites

·Assist new hires in training processes

·Demonstrate teamwork by working, acting, thinking and collaborating as a team while supporting team decisions

·Maintain accountability for individual actions and encourage, support, teach, mentor and resolve conflict in a healthy manner

·Promote and celebrate team achievements


Education: High School Diploma or equivalent. Medical related diploma or certificate preferred. Completion of Medical Terminology Course/Module within 12 months of hire. DMACC Patient Access Certificate preferred. Persons interested in enrolling or finding out if they qualify for tuition assistance for this certificate can contact DMACC Workforce Training Academy at 515 697-7710. 


Experience: One-year medical office or equivalent experience preferred. Insurance billing for medical or hospital preferred.


License(s)/Certification(s): Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons.


Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Typing speed and accuracy of a minimum of 40 wpm. Project a professional image Writes, reads, comprehends, and speaks fluent English. Basic computer knowledge using word processing, spreadsheets, email and web browser. Ability to multi-task and work efficiently to maintain patient movement and schedules. Ability to communicate and work collaboratively with Patient Access Manager, Patient Access Supervisor, Physicians, Physician offices, and UnityPoint Ancillary departments.


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