Job Summary:

The Pediatric Care Coordinator facilitates population health and chronic care management in a large, single specialty private practice. This role collaborates with primary care providers (PCPs) and Behavioral Health Consultants (BHCs) and serves as a central link to an identified population of our patients. Through skilled assessment, education, collaboration and coordination of health care and community resources, the care coordinator supports patients and their families in enhancing their self-efficacy/management skills, achieving optimum functional health status, and their best quality of life.  The Pediatric Care Coordinator develops effective partnerships with patients/families, staff and systems to create an environment of high quality, evidence-based, cost-effective care and patient-focused outcomes. In addition to the duties and responsibilities noted in this job description, the Pediatric Care Coordinator assumes additional duties as assigned in support of the overall function and mission of the practice.

Primary Duties:

  1. Provides advocacy, guidance, and support for patients with chronic conditions and/or complex disease states as they receive care throughout the care continuum. Uses knowledge of illness, diagnoses and treatments in comprehensive assessments of patients. Performs patient teaching, patient self-management/self-efficacy coaching and planning in care management. Ensures safe transitions of care and coordination for specialty and other sites of care as necessary
  2. Utilizes appropriate resources to gather data and assess patient care needs
  3. Performs ongoing assessments of the patient and family’s biological, cognitive/emotional and spiritual aspects of managing life with chronic disease
  4. Proactively identifies problems that could lead to an emergency/crisis situation and takes appropriate action to de-escalate
  5. Assesses the need for specialty care/consultations and provides timely recommendations to the PCP and care team; Establishes effective strategies with patients and families in coordinating specialist/consultation visits
  6. Communicates assessment data to appropriate care team members 
  7. Assesses learning needs of patients/families.  Provides individualized interventions to support these needs, and to foster development of self-care and self-advocacy skills. Establishes and implements patient directed learning and disease self-management plan for patient/family; Provides teaching to patients/families related to patient’s diagnosis, pathology, medical and nursing treatment plans, discharge needs and health goals
  8. Documents assessment data according to clinic standard 
  9. Collaborates with PCPs and the care team to develop and implement care plans while managing a panel of patients with chronic/complex disease(s)
  10. Plans interventions appropriate to each patient’s medical diagnosis, age, abilities, and resources 
  11. Documents care planning process according to organization standards 
  12. Documents each element of care per organizational standards
  13. Demonstrates accountability in following established guidelines for attendance, punctuality and overall dependability. Accountable for effective performance and follow-through of all assigned responsibilities and for completing responsibilities within agreed upon time frames
  14. Assists with and anticipates health care transition steps from adolescence to adulthood
  15. Supports behavioral health staff in patient care coordination, including follow-up calls to schools, treatment centers and help with coordination of transportation and housing issues if needed 
  16. Facilitates population health management in helping the practice to reduce patient’s emergency room utilization through education, follow-up phone calls, identification of high ED utilizers, and use of a registry 
  17. Performs other duties as assigned 

Qualifications

  1. Required:
    1. Education – Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Masters in Social Work
    2. Licensing/credentials – (For RNs only) Active Registered Nurse license, State of WA
    3. Experience – 
      1. Two years of work experience as an RN/Social Worker or related field
      2. Four years in clinical medicine or case management
    4. Related skills and abilities – 
      1. Excellent patient assessment skills
      2. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team setting, including establishment of cooperative relationships with peers and leadership team members to review and implement new ideas
      3. Current working knowledge of electronic medical records
      4. Familiarity with local community resources
      5. Experience in addressing and improving social determinants of health
      6. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
      7. Excellent time management skills, including agility in multitasking
      8. viii.Demonstrated ability to proactively identify opportunities for process improvement 
  2. Preferred:
    1. Licensing/credentials – 
      1. (For Social Workers only) Active Social Worker license, State of WA
      2. (For all candidates) Certification in Care Management
    2. Experience – Familiarity in working with complex patients including those with advanced, chronic and/or behavioral health conditions in an outpatient setting; experience with case management of complex patients.
  1. Competencies
  1. Proficient use of EMR system (Office Practicum)
  2. Ability to conduct health assessments over the phone, effectively communicating and assessing patient’s needs telephonically
  3. Knowledge of social determinants of health (SDOH)
  4. Knowledge of care management, patient self-management principles and evaluating patient outcomes

NORTHWEST PEDIATRIC CENTER

Located in beautiful Western Washington, Northwest Pediatric Center is seeking a full or part-time MSW or RN to provide care coordination/population health management in a primary care setting. Northwest Pediatric Center serves approximately 14,000 patients ages birth-21, has 4 offices with 11 pediatricians and 7 pediatric nurse practitioners. Our behavioral health team includes a psychologist, a LMHC, a LMFT and a child and adolescent psychiatrist who are fully integrated with our pediatric practice. All of our facilities are certified Rural Health Clinics. Our main location is in Centralia, WA, situated half way between Seattle and Portland along the I-5 corridor. For more information, please contact Jennifer Polley, MD, Medical Director at Northwest Pediatrics. Phone: 360-736-6778, Fax: 360-736-6552. Visit our website at www.nwpeds.com.