Customer Service Consultant, Patient Relations

Job Description

Customer Service Consultant , First Shift, Patient Relations

UC Health is hiring a full-time Customer Service Consultant for the Patient Relations department for the first shift at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The Customer Service Consultant will support the Medical Centers and deliver high-quality care to patients based on assessed needs, established standards of care and according to policy and procedures.

About University of Cincinnati Medical Center

As part of the Clifton Campus of UC Health, Greater Cincinnati's academic health system, University of Cincinnati Medical Center has served Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for nearly 200 years. Each year, hundreds of thousands of patients receive care from our world-renowned clinicians and care team. Our experts utilize the most advanced medical knowledge and technology available, providing a level of specialty and subspecialty medical care that is not available anywhere else in Greater Cincinnati.

UC Medical Center is also home to medical breakthroughs- our physician experts conduct basic, translational and clinical research, leading to new therapies and care protocols, and connecting patients to the latest and most advanced treatments. UC Medical Center houses Greater Cincinnati's only Level I adult trauma center, which includes the right mix of specialist and medical resources available at a moment's notice for a wide variety of the most complex medical conditions and injuries.

Responsibilities

Job Responsibilities

The primary function of the Customer Service Consultant is to work in partnership with the healthcare team to enhance overall customer satisfaction for patients, visitors and staff through excellent service and quality care. This includes supporting a proactive vs. reactive approach to resolving problems and complaints with respect to care, treatment, patient rights and ability to access hospital services.
  • Proactive consultation to managers and staff with the goal of improving patient and family experiences.
  • Competent to discuss the state of patient experience, complaint volumes with all levels of management.
  • Serves as an expert in patient satisfaction; able offer recommendations to increase patient satisfaction.
  • Educating staff on queues to help identify potential issues that may result in a complaint or grievance, customer service best practices and service recovery methods.
  • Attend and participate in unit/department staff meetings as requested.
  • Communicate information about the hospital's policies and procedures, informing patients, families, and visitors of hospital services available to them, i.e. parking, helping to arrange overnight stays, etc.
  • Listen empathetically to patient concerns and communicate special needs of patient /family/visitor with staff and administration when appropriate.
  • Advocate for quality care, treatment, respect and rights of all patients.
  • Mediation in family meetings with treatment team and families.
  • Maintain notary license if requested at the UC site you work at and provide notary services for patients, families and staff as requested.
  • Make suggestions and recommendations to improve customer service processes throughout the system.
  • Provide equipment for hearing impaired, i.e. TTY volume control phones, light signalers, call lights, tele sitters, etc.
  • Provide service recovery as appropriate based on sub-par service received.
  • Work in partnership with the unit/department leaders and staff to address issues or complaints through early intervention and problem resolution.
  • Assess situations of risk and refer issues of malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, abuse, and missing personal property to Risk Management.
  • Evaluate situations requiring substitute consent, when patients have no next of kin and are physically and/or mentally unable to give informed consent and refer staff to call Ethics consult team.
  • Refer immediate patient and family concerns and/or compliments to appropriate department leaders in a timely manner.
  • Proficiency uses emotional intelligence to manage both your own emotions and understand the emotions of patients, family, and staff around you.
  • Situational awareness to perceive, understand and effectively respond to one's situation.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills to aid in complaint resolution and education.
  • Make referrals to appropriate departments/services for patient assistance when appropriate.
  • Follow-up with those patients who have identified a concern during their hospital visit.
  • Provide professional etiquette and empathetic service on both phone and in person meetings.
  • Professional de-escalation techniques both on the phone and in person with upset patients and family.
  • Active listening to build rapport and improve mutual understanding.
  • Use of appropriate questioning based on each situation to gain understanding about the concerns.
  • Written documentation will be timely, accurate, professional, complete and grammatically correct.
  • Case documentation will communicate to anyone reading the case the details of what, who, why, how as well as the outcome of the investigation into the case.
  • Follow up with patient or family will be documented in the case documentation.
  • Track problem areas and identify trends happening in specific departments/units.
  • Identify system problems; make recommendations; and assist in resolutions and opportunities for improvement in service delivery.
  • Participate in the development of policies and procedures related to patient rights and satisfaction.
  • Provide timely, accurate and complete documentation regarding the investigation process, i.e. subjective data; objective data; assessment; and resolution as well as documented follow up to the complainant.
  • Attend departmental staff meetings and mandatory in-service training sessions.


Qualifications

Education and Experience Requirements:
  • Associate's Degree required.
  • Notary Public for the State of Ohio preferred.
  • Three years' experience in complaint management, conflict resolution and customer service in a healthcare environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population.
  • Training and public presentation skills
  • Must have strong customer service and communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Skilled in sensitivity awareness
  • Able to apply insight and sound judgment in stressful situations.
  • Able to assess and resolve operational and system problems.
  • Must demonstrate ability to utilize Microsoft Office products.
  • Bilingual communication skills are preferred.
  • Experience with Microsoft various programs (MIDAS and LastWord is preferred)

At UC Health, we're proud to have the best and brightest teams and clinicians collaborating toward our common purpose: to advance healing and reduce suffering.

As the region's adult academic health system, we strive for innovation and provide world-class care for not only our community, but patients from all over the world. Join our team and you'll be able to develop your skills, grow your career, build relationships with your peers and patients, and help us be a source of hope for our friends and neighbors.

UC Health is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse place of employment.

Join our team to BE UC Health. Be Extraordinary. Be Supported. Be Hope. Apply Today!

About UC Health

UC Health is an integrated academic health system serving Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. In partnership with the University of Cincinnati, UC Health combines clinical expertise and compassion with research and teaching-a combination that provides patients with options for even the most complex situations. Members of UC Health include: UC Medical Center, West Chester Hospital, Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, Bridgeway Pointe Assisted Living, University of Cincinnati Physicians and UC Health Ambulatory Services (with more than 900 board-certified clinicians and surgeons), Lindner Center of HOPE and several specialized institutes including: UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute and the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center. Many UC Health locations have received national recognition for outstanding quality and patient satisfaction. Learn more at uchealth.com.