Job Description

Payroll Title:
Thornton Scheduling and Patient Financial Services
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
La Jolla
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
EX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Variable, 8 hrs/day, Variable

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#111465 Patient Access Rep

Initial Review Date: Wed 10/6/2021

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit:,-faculty-and-staff-issued-for-2021-2022.html

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 09/07/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 0916/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will remain open until filled.


Under the general guidance of the Access Manager, Patient Access Rep/HAIII; pre-registers, pre-admits, and admits patients by telephone and/or in person. Major duties include: efficiently collect accurate demographic information, review and interpret complex insurance benefits, obtaining prior authorizations, patient estimates, cash collections, interaction with public assistance programs (i.e., Medi-Cal, CCS) implementation of Medicare requirements, interaction with physicians/office personnel as well as other hospital personnel, units and departments, and referral of appropriate cases to other internal and external sources to assist patients with discharge/post-hospital care. Interact with hospital departments such as Utilization Review and Patient Business Services to ensure correct and timely reimbursement.


  • Minimum three (3) years previous admissions/registration experience in a large, complex healthcare setting.

  • Thorough knowledge of insurance verification, registration, and medical terminology.

  • Proficient with MS Office: Outlook, Word, and Excel. Computer skills/ability to work between multiple systems accurately and efficiently.

  • Strong problem solving skills. Ability by using good judgment by applying these skills to assist customers and ensure expectations are met. Solid organizational skills with independent ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and manage conflicting demands with limited supervision.

  • Ability to interact effectively with the public, patients, visitors, clinical and support staff. Ability to work in an interactive and collaborative environment. Excellent customer service skills. Self-starter who is accountable and requires minimal direction and supervision.

  • Excellent communication skills with ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing and be able to articulate complex ideas for all levels of audiences.

  • Possess the personal characteristics of professionalism, credibility, commitment to high standards, innovation, discriminating judgment and accountability.

  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and discretion.


  • Experience with insurance and authorization verification.
  • Strong knowledge of third party payors including federal, state, and private health plans.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology.
  • Knowledge and articulation of hospital patient forms, as required by JACAHO/GAD, etc.
  • Prior cash handling experience.


  • Must be able to work various hours, days, shifts, on-call and various locations based on the 24-hour Medical Center's business needs.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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