Licensed Psychologist, Peer Reviewer - Telecommute

Careers at UnitedHealth Group

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The role of the Behavioral Clinic Consultant, Peer Reviewer (Telecommute) for ALERT Public Sector Kentucky Medicaid involves applying medical necessity and benefit plan criteria to primarily Medicaid and Medicare cases and making clinical determinations to continue coverage of medically necessary treatment, shaping and modifying treatment as appropriate, or issuing an adverse benefit determination if treatment is not medically necessary. Services reviewed may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Traditional outpatient therapy, including requests for extended length sessions or single case agreements
  • State-specific Medicaid services (Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Targeted Case Management, Home Based Habilitation, Supported Employment)

The Peer Reviewer will also participate in peer consultations, staff meetings, and trainings; be responsible for composing and entering clinical determinations that comply with all federal, state, and local guideline requirements; and perform other duties as required by the reviewer's manager and director.

You'll enjoy the flexibility to telecommute* from anywhere within the U.S. as you take on some tough challenges.

Available to Work: Monday through Friday (9am to 5pm CST)

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Reviewing requests for service authorization that upon initial review, a masters level employee is unable to authorize coverage
  • Review of ongoing outpatient care in cases where the member's length of stay exceeds normative standards
  • Requests for authorization of outpatient services (e.g. Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Case Management, an in-network accommodation)
  • Appeals of previously denied services

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:
  • Independently licensed doctoral level Psychologist (Ph.D. or Psy.D.)
  • Active Kentucky license as a Psychologist
  • Ability to obtain additional state licensures to meet growing business needs
  • 3+ years post-licensure experience
  • Experience working with insurance agencies
  • Ability to prioritize multiple demands within strict turnaround time requirements and track multiple state/business nuances for cases reviewed
  • Advanced proficiency using Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Outlook, Teams, Excel and Access Database)
  • Advanced written and verbal communication and negotiation skills required
  • Secure, private area of your home to set up an office, and access to a broadband ISP

Preferred Qualifications:
  • APA accredited training and internship
  • Clinical experience with children and adolescents
  • Clinical experience with Substance Abuse diagnoses
  • Experience working in a managed care setting
  • Experience with autism and ABA services
  • Peer review experience with managed care
  • Experience with Public Sector (Medicaid/Medicare) services and HCPC codes
  • Work independently and collaborate with others on a clinical team
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential requirement of this role. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination prior to employment to ensure compliance

To protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients and communities we serve, UnitedHealth Group and its affiliate companies now require all employees to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status prior to beginning employment. In addition, some roles require full COVID-19 vaccination as an essential job function. UnitedHealth Group adheres to all federal, state and local COVID-19 vaccination regulations as well as all client COVID-19 vaccination requirements and will obtain the necessary information from candidates prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Failure to meet the vaccination requirement may result in rescission of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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Colorado, Connecticut or Nevada Residents Only: The salary range for Colorado residents is $79,700 to $142,600. The salary range for Connecticut / Nevada residents is $87,900 to $156,900. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. In addition to your salary, UnitedHealth Group offers benefits such as, a comprehensive benefits package, incentive and recognition programs, equity stock purchase and 401k contribution (all benefits are subject to eligibility requirements). No matter where or when you begin a career with UnitedHealth Group, you'll find a far-reaching choice of benefits and incentives.

*All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group's Telecommuter Policy.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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

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