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Medical Collector

Posted: September 01, 2023
Salary:US$20 - US$23 per hour
Job type: Contract
Work Location:On-site

Job description

Position Details

  • Title: Medical Collector

  • Pay Rate: $20-23/hr

  • Hours: Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm CST

  • Location: 1213 Hermann Drive Suite 400 Houston Texas 77004

  • Why is this position open? Teammates have been promoted and natural attrition

  • Contract Duration: 800 hours / roughly 4-month-contract with Medix; ideally after the contract duration, Houston Methodist will convert you to being a full time permanent employee


This is an opportunity to work with one of the top hospitals in the nation. The team is very close knit and wants to find some candidates to grow and develop. Need additional candidates to come in and work down their aging A/R for office visits. The main goal of the CBO is to get as much cash back as possible so they have been focusing on high dollar accounts the last couple of months. This in turn has left a large sum of un-worked claims that they need to collect on. Main specialties this candidate will be working with are Ortho, Neuro and Cardiology. But it isn't necessary to have that experience as long as there is sufficient physician claims experience. Candidates will be working from a modified work queue.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborates with management to reduce aging of accounts by providing verbal and written communication

  • Identifies denial trends and notifies supervisor and/or manager to prevent future denials and further delay in payments

  • Collaborates with internal CBO departments and Account Managers to communicate and prevent denials

  • Provides suggestions for resolution

  • Assists with knowledge sharing, payor and department cross training, and provides support to other team members as advised by the manager and/or supervisor

  • Completes special projects to improve team performance, as assigned

  • Demonstrates expertise of all payers, including Medicare, Medicaid and commercial payors, and applicable department's revenue cycle operations

  • Ensures protection of private health and personal information

  • Adheres to all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance regulations

  • Reviews third party payor work queues to locate and resolve accounts

  • Resolves denials as they appear

  • Documents clear, concise and complete follow-up notes in system for each account worked

  • Assures accounts are completed and worked at a high level of quality by visually proofreading and monitoring work output

  • Identifies, analyzes and escalates trends impacting accounts receivable collections

  • Meets and/or exceeds established follow-up productivity goals

  • Expedites and maximizes payment of insurance medical claims by contacting third party payers and patients including: making outbound calls to payers and accessing payor websites

  • Reviews and assesses entire account to determine necessary steps or activity to resolve outstanding denials

  • Performs appropriate billing functions, including claims resubmission to payors

  • Creates and submits appeals when necessary

  • Engages the coding follow-up team for any medical necessity or coding related appeals

  • Stays current on collection procedures of various payers and industry trends

  • Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development

*This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform

other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves

the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.


High School diploma or equivalent education (examples include: GED, verification of

homeschool equivalency, partial or full completion of post-secondary education, etc.)


  • 3+ years of physician billing experience, preferably in a multi-specialty physician practice

  • High volume claims experience

  • Physician Billing experience is highly preferred but not required

  • Must be COVID vaccinated

  • EPIC experience is highly preferred but not required


  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations

  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security

  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles

  • In depth knowledge of Current Procedural Terminology, 4th Edition (CPT-4), International Classification of Diseases Ninth Revision (ICD-9), International Classification of Diseases Tenth Revision (ICD-10), and Healthcare Common procedure Coding System (HCPCS) coding

  • In depth knowledge of third party payor reimbursement policies and procedures

  • Understands payer environment such as managed care, independent physician associations (IPAs), and third-party administrators (TPAs)

  • Extensive knowledge of billing, collections, reimbursement, contractual agreements and the appeals process

  • Understanding of revenue cycle fundamentals

  • Ability to follow-through and handle multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills, as well as an ability to work independently and interdependently with other business office staff

  • Good judgment in handling of accounts and ability to apply a professional approach in dealing with patients and insurance companies

  • Sharp analytical abilities in order to resolve patient accounts in a timely and correct manner

  • Proficient computer skills and ability to learn and navigate multiple software programs

  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations with patience and understanding