As a member of the clinical team, the Health Assistant I provides assistance in delivering high quality health care and exceptional customer service in a busy ambulatory care clinic serving the Harvard community. Serves as the primary contact with patients and provides general administrative support to physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses on the team. Duties include greeting and assisting patients at the clinic's front desk, answering the clinic's telephones and routing messages to providers, scheduling and confirming clinical appointments, tracking immunization history, coordinating referrals, processing incoming and outgoing clinical correspondence, maintaining files, processing and tracking outside referrals, and managing patient flow. Performs other related duties as needed.
As a member of the clinical care team, assures the safe and satisfactory care of patients.
Opens and closes the clinic according to written protocol.
Collects and records all payments including insurance co-payments, inoculations, fee for service, and medical equipment.
Successfully runs cash reconciliation reports and completes end of day/shift reconciliation as needed.
Schedules patient appointments utilizing all functions of the appointment system.
Completes all the necessary information in scheduling patient appointments.
Knowledgeably articulates insurance limitations to patients.
Handles all emergency phone calls appropriately, efficiently, and according to emergency protocol.
Schedules outside tests for patients and obtains prior authorization as needed.
Assists providers in obtaining prior authorizations for prescriptions.
Responds appropriately to patient requests for medical record information.
Performs data entry.
Performs transcription and other general office responsibilities including typing and sending out letters.
Assists patients by providing directions, escorting, transporting, and ensuring their comfort and safety.
Sets priorities in organizing activities for the day.
Demonstrates flexibility when unexpected changes in assignment occur.
Identifies own learning needs and requests assistance from others when needed.
Documents care provided to patients using appropriate forms.
Communicates to other staff members/group leader and/or clinician prior to leaving unit for break or lunch periods and prior to leaving for the day in order to ensure appropriate unit coverage.
Demonstrates the ability to identify and respond to potential life threatening situations during telephone encounters.
Demonstrates universal precautions in all care delivery.
Carries out proper procedure for reporting faulty equipment.
Prepares medical records ensuring that confidentiality is maintained.
PROFESSIONAL/TEAM WORKPLACE ACCOUNTABILITY:
Maintains patient confidentiality.
Demonstrates respect in all interpersonal interactions.
Works collaboratively with all members of the health care team.
Performs all personal business away from patients and all work areas.
Identifies own learning needs and requests assistance from others when needed.
Adheres to regulatory guidelines (e.g., DPH, OSHA).
Adheres to departmental and unit specific policies, procedures, guidelines and protocols.
Participates in orientation of new staff members.
Attends staff meetings and educational offerings required by the department.
Provides coverage to other areas as necessary.
Performs related duties as required.
Plans for time off in advance and according to clinic policy.
Provides proper notification for absences or tardiness.
Is punctual and prepared for duties at start of shift.
Is reliable and dependable in coming to work.
Is flexible and responsive to the needs of the clinic and department in regard to work schedule.
Demonstrates caring and willingness to help in all interactions.
Cooperates and complies with goals/projects of clinic and department.
Utilizes time productively.
Maintains professional conduct and appearance.
AGE SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES:
Provides care to the adolescent through utilization of the following:
Supplements explanations with reasons for
One to two years of previous secretarial/administrative assistant experience.
Education beyond high school.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Graduate of a business/secretarial school or Medical Assistant program.
Experience working with an electronic medical record.
Health care/patient service experience.
Excellent interpersonal, customer service, and organizational skills.
Proven strong verbal and written communication skills, along with the ability to problem solve and handle confidential information with discretion.
Good judgment, ability to identify and set priorities, multi-task, and consistently meet deadlines.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
All Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) staff and staff affiliates are considered Health Care Workers and as a condition of employment must provide documentation of the following:
Letter of good health from your personal health care provider.
TB skin test (within past 3 months) or, if known skin test positive, documentation of previous chest x-ray, information about any past treatment.
Documentation of immunity (positive antibody titers) for Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella.
Proof of appropriate past immunization for Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella.
Hepatitis B vaccine series – required for staff with possible exposure to blood or blood borne pathogens.
A current Flu vaccine (this season) and Covid vaccines to include the Primary series and Bivalent Booster.
The required medical documentation/medical clearances can often be obtained by contacting your Pediatrician, PCP, medical provider. Titers, TB Skin testing can be performed by appointment at Occupational Health facilities.
HUHS continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff and students, as well as the wider community. Being up to date with COVID vaccination, annual flu vaccination and other required medical vaccinations and documentation are required as a condition of employment at HUHS. You may claim exemption from the vaccine requirements for medical or religious reasons.
Work is performed in an office setting
Travel may be required
Harvard University requires a pre-employment reference and background screening.
Harvard University is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship.
This position has a 90-day orientation and review period.
Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Harvard University Health Services is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace in which all employees feel valued and have a sense of belonging. These principles are integral to our work and are at the core of who we are. We actively seek applicants with demonstrated commitment and/or experience promoting and fostering a working and learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds. We welcome, respect, and embrace individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, abilities, beliefs, and values.
EEO Statement We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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