Central Authorization Specialist Full Time Work from Home

Business (Non-Clinical)
2113505 Requisition #

The purpose of the Central Authorization Specialist position is to centrally facilitate the successful procuring of insurance authorizations for ordered procedures and post-operative care. This will be done through quality validations of obtained authorizations as well as continuous education and opportunity feedback to a multi-disciplinary team with the underlying objective of managing the cost of care and providing timely and accurate information to payors'. The Central Authorization Specialist helps drive change by identifying areas where performance improvement is needed (e.g., day to day workflow, education, process improvements, patient satisfaction). The Central Authorization Specialist is accountable for a designated caseload and plans effectively in order to meet demands and support resources procuring authorizations. Under general supervision and in accordance with established policies and procedures the specific functions within this role include: Subject matter expertise of precertification and payor authorization processes. Ensure successful authorizations are procured by ordering physician offices through validation of work effort and education of procuring staff. Ensure feedback relevant to successful authorization procurement is obtained from back end coding, billing and denial management resources and distributed to ordering physicians and authorization procurement staff to promote continuous improvement. Application of process improvement methodologies. The responsibilities includes acting as a centralized resource for assigned specialty across all sites of practice to ensure standardized and consistent procurement of authorizations.


  • High School or 3 - 5 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in a medical clinic setting or training in a hospital or corporate setting; must be highly computer literate, required.
  • Two years of experience related to healthcare insurance verification and/or billing required.
  • Approximately two to three years progressively more responsible related work experience necessary in order to gain in-depth understanding or organizational policies, procedures and operations, in order to assume a variety of high-level administrative details.
  • Coding knowledge. Knowledge of clinical terminology.
  • Understanding of patient treatment plans for purposes of obtaining authorizations.
  • Ability to interpret RN or Physician notes in order to facilitate obtaining authorizations.
  • Ability to evaluate & communicate to RN/Physician staff additional requirements or roadblocks.
  • Additional coursework in business, computers or health care administration, preferred.
  • Experience in a medical or surgical specialty clinic, preferred. Ability to interpret insurance records and related documentation.
  • Current working knowledge of hospital operations, utilization management, case management, and managed care reimbursement, preferred.
  • General understanding of revenue cycle with an emphasis on billing, coding, charge capture and reimbursement, preferred.
  • Organizational and time management skills, as evidenced by capacity to prioritize multiple tasks and role components.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment in interactions with physicians, payors, and patients and their families if required.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills required.
  • Strong analytical and data management.
  • Ability to work with all levels of management.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and negotiation skills and experience interacting with clinicians and finance personnel.


       Under the leadership of President and CEO Wright L. Lassiter, III, Henry Ford Health System is a

       $6 billion integrated health system comprised of six hospitals, a health plan, and 250+ sites

       including medical centers, walk-in and urgent care clinics, pharmacy, eye care facilities and

       other healthcare retail. Established in 1915 by auto industry pioneer Henry Ford, the health system

       now has 32,000 employees and remains home to the 1,900-member Henry Ford Medical Group, one

       of the nation’s oldest physician groups. An additional 2,200 physicians are also affiliated with the

       health system through the Henry Ford Physician Network. Henry Ford is also one of the region’s  

       major academic medical centers, receiving between $90-$100 million in annual research funding and

       remaining Michigan’s fourth largest NIH-funded institution. Also an active participant in medical

       education and training, the health system has trained nearly 40% of physicians currently practicing

       in the state and also provides education and training for other health professionals including nurses,

       pharmacists, radiology and respiratory technicians. visit HenryFord.com.


       Whether it's offering a new medical option, helping you make healthier lifestyle choices or

       making the employee enrollment selection experience easier, it's all about choice.  Henry

       Ford Health System has a new approach for its employee benefits program - My Choice

       Rewards.  My Choice Rewards is a program as diverse as the people it serves.  There are

       dozens of options for all of our employees including compensation, benefits, work/life balance

       and learning - options that enhance your career and add value to your personal life.  As an

       employee you are provided access to Retirement Programs, an Employee Assistance Program

       (Henry Ford Enhanced), Tuition Reimbursement, Paid Time Off, Employee Health and Wellness,                 and a whole host of other benefits and services.  Employee's classified as contingent status are not         eligible for benefits.    

      Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

        Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer Henry Ford Health System is

        committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of all individuals without regard to

        race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, size, height,

        weight, marital status, family status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and genetic information,

        or any other protected status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

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