Palliative Care LPN or LVN WellMed - Houston, TX

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Let's talk about meaningful work, an important role and a career move that can transform your future. At WellMed, a part of OptumCare and the growing UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, we focus on prevention and the complete coordination of care for our patients. Join us and you'll be part of a team dedicated to patient-centered, safe and effective health care. Your skills and talents will make an important impact on our patients while you open doors for yourself that simply do not exist in any other organization.

WellMed was founded in 1990 with a vision of being a physician-led company that could change the face of healthcare delivery for seniors. Through the WellMed Care Model, we specialize in helping our patients stay healthy by providing the care they need from doctors who care about them. We partner with multiple Medicare Advantage health plans in Texas and Florida and look forward to continuing growth.

Job Summary: To provide a variety of patient care activities supporting the needs of the Palliative Care Program in both office duties/clerical, as well as clinical duties as necessary.

*This role is a field based role into members homes doing primary care in the Houston, TX area.*

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Performs all nursing duties within the scope of a Licensed Vocational Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse as required by state of employment (procedures, injections, EKGs, phlebotomy)
  • Records patient care documentation in the medical record accurately and timely
  • Reviews the patient record, chart, reports (including laboratory and x-ray), and other pertinent information for each patient prior to being seen by the provider and reports relevant information to the provider 100% of the time.
  • Coordinates patient care as directed by physician, company standards and policies
  • Organized and accurate processing of appropriate documents
  • Respects patient confidentiality
  • Organizes housecall bags and maintains equipment, responsible for ordering equipment as necessary.
  • Maintains certifications (LVN or LPN & CPR)
  • Answers phones and schedules appointments based on best geographic locations to minimize drive time between patients.
  • Schedule family meetings when appropriate.
  • Responsible for note taking during Interdisciplinary Team Meeting
  • Responsible for ensuring proper communication between PCP and Palliative Care Team.
  • Triages patient phone calls to the appropriate destination, ensuring that urgent calls are expedited to the provider.
  • Readies patient chart for each provider's daily visits:
    • Map on front of the chart
    • Charts updated with labs, data, consult notes, hospital records, etc.
    • Consents in chart when appropriate
  • Medical records management
  • Participates in Marketing events
  • Performing a medical house call if necessary
  • Collect any samples from the home visits (labs) and ensure proper labeling/dissemination
  • Keep provider mileage logs and reimbursements
  • Obtain and track referrals
  • Fulfill medication refill requests
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned

You'll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:
  • High school graduate or GED equivalent
  • Current unrestricted Licensed Vocational Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse in applicable state of employment
  • 1+ years of related LVN or LPN clinical experience
  • Reliable transportation
  • Must be open for 50% of travel in the field to members homes
  • Computer literacy
  • Knowledge of medical terminology
  • Knowledge of ICD-9 and CPT coding
  • Accurate documentation
  • Perform procedures, injections and phlebotomy
  • Ability to maintain quality control standards
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations
  • Ability to follow procedures and rules
  • Knowledge of medical office procedures
  • ICD-9 and CPT coding
  • Accurate documentation
  • Perform procedures, injections and phlebotomy
  • Ability to sort and file materials correctly by alphabetic or numeric systems
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, employees, and the public
  • If you need to enter a work site for any reason, you will be required to screen for symptoms using the ProtectWell mobile app, Interactive Voice Response (i.e., entering your symptoms via phone system) or similar UnitedHealth Group-approved symptom screener. When in a UnitedHealth Group building, employees are required to wear a mask in common areas. In addition, employees must comply with any state and local masking orders
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Minimum of 3 + years of LVN or LPN experience in a medical, home or hospice setting
  • Knowledge/experience in hospice, palliative care and end-of-life patient management

Careers with WellMed. Our focus is simple. We're innovators in preventative health care, striving to change the face of health care for seniors., WellMed is a network of doctors, specialists and other medical professionals that specialize in providing care for 550,000+ older adults with over 16,000 doctors' offices in Texas and Florida through primary and multi-specialty clinics, and contracted medical management services. We've joined Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of companies, and our mission is to help the sick become well and to help patients understand and control their health in a lifelong effort at wellness. Our providers and staff are selected for their dedication and focus on preventative, proactive care. For you, that means one incredible team and a singular opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)Careers with WellMed. Our focus is simple. We're innovators in preventative health care, striving to change the face of health care for seniors., WellMed is a network of doctors, specialists and other medical professionals that specialize in providing care for 550,000+ older adults with over 16,000 doctors' offices in Texas and Florida through primary and multi-specialty clinics, and contracted medical management services. We've joined Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of companies, and our mission is to help the sick become well and to help patients understand and control their health in a lifelong effort at wellness. Our providers and staff are selected for their dedication and focus on preventative, proactive care. For you, that means one incredible team and a singular opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)

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UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

Job Keywords: LVN, Licensed Vocational Nurse, LPN, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, RN, Nurse, Nursing, Utilization Review, Preservice, denial, preceptor, medical necessity, Houston, TX

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