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Patient Access Specialist

Decatur Memorial Hospital
Decatur, IL
Tracking Code 2024-19922

Position Summary

Night Shift

[$2,500/1 year commitment sign-on bonus]

Our Patient Access Specialis pre-registers and register patients.  Schedule patients for procedures and tests at MHS facilities.  Collects accurate patient demographic and billing information in a timely manner.  Interviews incoming patients or Associates, enter information into potential all appropriate software packages.  Serves as a liaison between ancillary departments and other Patient Access Services areas

Highlights & Benefits

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Memorial Childcare
  • Mental Health Services
  • Growth Opportunities
  • Continuing Education
  • Local and National Discounts
  • Pet Insurance
  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401(k)
  • Life Insurance and Voluntary Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program and Colleague Wellness
  • Adoption Assistance

Required Skills

  1. Greet the majority of visitors and patients, answer patient questions (via telephone/ in person) and give directional information.
  1. Effectively perform general clerical/administrative functions.
  1. Responsible for completing all steps of pre-registration/registration including patient interview, obtaining of signatures, providing Advance Directive information and distributes hospital specific literature.
  1. Pre-register and register all types of patients in multiple software systems.
  1. Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function well in stressful situations.
  1. Maintains a professional demeanor in respect to patients and fellow employees.
  1. Ability to conduct financial collections and referrals for Financial Counseling. Ability to interview/prescreen self pay patients for possible financial assistance.
  1. Understands and complies with state and federal regulations as well as hospital, department and The Joint Commission policies and procedures related to patient access.
  1. Communicates with ancillary department, physicians, medical offices and within Patient Financial Services department.
  1. Conducts insurance verification tasks, pre-certification, or referral information from MD offices and/or insurance companies and authorization for elective and emergent patients.
  1. Ability to complete legal admission paperwork for psychiatric admits in accordance to DHS guidelines.
  1. Ensures accurate documentation of patient information.
  1. Responsible for checking and re-stocking supplies as needed.
  1. Participates in performance improvement activities for the department and organization.
  1. Adheres to all HIPAA guidelines and patient confidentiality policies.
  1. Completes annual educational and training requirements.
  1. Promotes the mission, vision, and goals of the organization and department.
  1. Performs other related work as required or requested.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job.  Incumbents may be requested to perform tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.


Required Experience


  • High School Graduate or equivalent required.


  • One year customer service experience preferred. Previous clerical, medical terminology, medical office, registration or billing experience preferred.

Word processing/computer application experience and knowledge desired.

Other Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Minimum typing skill of 40 WPM preferred.
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrates ability to work independently.
Decatur, IL

Robert Wiley


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