Patient Access Associate

Location: Egg Harbor Twp, NJ  |  Position Status: Per Diem/Pool  |  Position Shift: Days
The Patient Access Associate I will perform duties after an eight-week training program under the supervision of the Patient Access Leadership Team and Revenue Cycle Quality & Assurance Training Team. This position is a customer service champion responsible for delivering great customer service at each entry point throughout the health system.

This position supports organizational goals by providing high-level, quality customer service; participating in performance improvement efforts; and demonstrating a commitment to teamwork and cooperation while verifying and preparing all patient accounts for inpatient and outpatient billing in order to maximize payment for hospital and clinic services from all sources.

  • Responsible for the patient pre-registration, registration, general admissions and financial assistance processing.
  • Will be knowledgeable of state and federal government funding programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE/CHAMPUS; workers' compensation; no-fault auto; and commercial insurance payers.
  • Will be knowledgeable of billing and reimbursement guidelines and methodologies for state and federal government and non-government payers, insurance terminology, basic medical terminology, EMTALA, HIPAA privacy and compliance practices.
  • Ensures all demographic and insurance information is obtained and correct, and scans IDs and insurance cards, as needed. Sends query for insurance eligibility information provided by the patient and/or representative to validate eligibility and benefit information and accurately documents in the registration system. Informs patient of insurance in/out-of-network status, as appropriate. Accurately completes the Medicare Secondary Payer Questionnaire on all Medicare-eligible patients.
  • Verifies insurance information through payor contact via telephone, online resources or electronic verification system.
  • Responsible for verifying diagnosis codes and completing medical necessity checks for Medicare. The Patient Access Associate I must have basic knowledge of ICD-10 in order to ensure accurate diagnosis entry for reimbursement.
  • Identifies and obtains payor authorizations, pre-certifications and/or referrals. Provides appropriate documentation and follow-up to physician offices, case management department and payors regarding authorization/referral deficiencies. Responsible for communicating to service line partners of situations where rescheduling is necessary due to lack of authorization and/or limited benefits and is approved by clinical personnel.
  • In working inpatient accounts, is held responsible for timely notification to payers of the patient's admission to the facility.
  • Identifies all patient financial responsibilities; calculates estimates; collects all payments due, including current estimated liabilities, outstanding balances and self-pay deposits; posts payment transactions in the system; and performs daily reconciliation. Identifies self-pay and complex liability calculations and escalates account to financial counselors as appropriate. Responsible for all estimates requested for consumer shopper comparison.
  • Appropriately collects and/or sets payment arrangements with patients of their representative, scheduling payments on deposits due, which may include screening of patients for enrollment in available credit option programs. Documents all attempts for collections, using approved verbiage in a timely and consistent manner. Proactively seeks assistance to improve collections.
  • Ensures all patients with questions or concerns regarding their bills are referred to the appropriate resource, to include initiation of financial counseling, when appropriate.
  • Documents pertinent activity on the patient account via notes.
  • Responsible for patient throughput, established wait times and turnaround (TAT) times for all Patient Access areas, along with aiding in the achievement of top box customer service scores for each respective Patient Access site.
  • Maintains a current and thorough knowledge of utilizing online and system tools available, working from manual reports during system downtime.
  • The Patient Access Associate I communicates and collaborates with Patient Access team members and other ancillary departments as needed.
  • Attends all required trainings and in-services and passes all competency tests associated with the in-services.
  • May be responsible for additional duties as assigned with respect to the Patient Access job scope.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • 0-1 year of experience in healthcare registration or relevant customer service environment required.
  • Experience in a physicians' office or hospital setting is preferred.
  • The Patient Access Associate I can perform job duties based on department procedure and protocol; may require direct oversight.

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing sufficient to perform the essential functions; read, understand and apply policies and guidelines; and obtain information from a variety of sources required.
  • Knowledge of general computer and data entry functions required.
  • Excellent communication, customer service, organizational and analytical skills required.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and to effectively anticipate and respond to issues as needed in a dynamic work environment. Ability to keep up in a very fast-paced environment required.
  • Candidates must continuously display professionalism, courtesy and respect to all customers that always mirror AtlantiCare's Values/Behaviors.
  • Candidate must have reliable means of transportation.
  • Bilingual preferred.

  • Demonstrates the competencies as established on the Assessment and Evaluation Tool for this position.
  • Must pass annual recertification with score of 95% or better. This requirement is expected to be maintained every year. Staff member will be required to retake training and exam until they obtain the appropriate grade or disciplinary action will be taken in regards for performance.
  • Maintains a high accuracy rate of 98% or higher and established productivity rates for key performance indicators (KPI), such as cash collections, wait and TAT times, and pre-registration and registration productivity.
  • Must achieve an evaluation rating of Valued Contributor or above on their annual evaluation the year of consideration and every year after, with no written disciplinary documents on file, to progress within Patient Access levels. If the Valued Contributor rating is not achieved in the following years, an action plan will be put in place to remediate the staff member back to Valued Contributor.
  • To advance via the Patient Access career path, the Patient Access Associate I must complete the coursework and Litmos Revenue Cycle Certified Professional I or Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR) certification.
  • The patient access associate has the opportunity for advancement to Patient Access Associate II if all of the above requirements are satisfied and the Patient Access Associate has been in the role for one year.

  • Potential for exposure to the hazards and risk of the hospital environment, including exposure to infectious disease, hazardous substances and potential injury.
  • This position requires reaching, stooping, kneeling and crouching approximately 25% of the workday. This position requires frequently lifting, approximately 25-30 pounds, and occasional lifting of 50-100 pounds with assistance. This position also requires pushing and pulling computers on wheels approximately up to 100% of the day if assigned to the Emergency Department or Labor & Delivery.
  • High-volume, fast-paced environment.

The essential functions for this position are listed on the Assessment and Evaluation Tool.

This position reports to department leadership.

The above statement reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principlal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.
AtlantiCare is an equal opportunity employer that takes affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.
Michael Galioto
Talent Acquisition Specialist
Applicants only. We are not accepting inquiries or solicitations from recruiters/search firms.

Live the beach-life balance you’ve always wanted

Whether you lead an active life or love leisure, you’ll enjoy working and living in the beach communities of New Jersey’s southeastern shore.

Benefits photo

Benefits & Wellness

We believe that healthcare should be a rewarding career. That’s why we offer excellent compensation, exceptional health and wellness benefits, and internal resources and programs to support professional growth for our team members. Here, you’ll find everything you need to pursue your calling of caring for others, knowing that you’re working for an organization dedicated to your overall well-being.

Inclusion & Diversity

Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of what makes AtlantiCare a great organization. We recognize and celebrate individual differences as dimensions that enrich our workforce and allow us to be more creative, flexible and competitive. Our inclusive culture welcomes our employees to freely contribute their diverse ideas, background, talents and experiences to make this a place where everyone can be, and do, their best work together.

Inclusion photo

Great Location

For many, the shore communities of southeastern New Jersey are vacation destinations, but for AtlantiCare employees, they’re home. Working at AtlantiCare allows you to experience shore life year-round. Here, you’ll find natural beauty, world-class entertainment, rich history, amazing arts, abundant outdoor recreation, shopping, sophisticated dining and plenty of family-friendly events all within communities you’ll love to call home.

Working Here

The spirit of collaboration is alive and well at AtlantiCare. We empower our teams to be agents of change within our system. We encourage growth and support advancement. Our shared vision for advancing the health of the communities and people we serve guides us to do what’s right for each patient, our healthcare delivery system and the practice of medicine as a whole. We teach, grow and advance medicine together.

Protected health information (PHI) and HIPAA compliance

HireControl does not collect any of the following data: