Position title
Registered Nurse Assessment Coordinator (RNAC)
Additional Information

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must successfully submit a completed application prior to the posting deadline. Applications submitted with incomplete or missing education and/or work experience sections will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. These applicants will be disqualified from consideration. The attachment of a resume to the application does not fulfill this requirement and will not prevent incomplete applications from being rejected. Education and work experience fields must be completed, regardless of the presence of an attached resume.

Please answer any supplemental questions truthfully and completely. Use the employment history section of your application to substantiate your answers to supplemental questions.

Once the posting closes, all applications will be reviewed. The information provided on the application will be utilized to determine whether or not each applicant meets the Minimum Requirements for this position as noted in the Job Description. Please read the Minimum Requirements thoroughly and then demonstrate that you meet these requirements on your application. Applicants who do not meet the Minimum Requirements will not be considered for the position.

After the Application Review, qualified, eligible applicants will move on to the next step, either a Written Exam or an Education and Experience Review.

There is not a Written Exam for this position; instead, we will conduct an Education and Experience Review, in which we assign points to each applicant's education and relevant work experience as depicted on their application. We encourage all applicants to provide a comprehensive, concise history of their education, certification, licensing, and employment on their employment application so that we are able to accurately assess their experience.  Eligible candidates will be ranked on an Eligibility List based on their total score on the Education and Experience Review.

Equal Employment Opportunities – It is the policy of Northampton County to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or any other status protected by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and any other state, federal, or local law.

For questions regarding this posting, please contact Sherry Christman, Human Resources Analyst, at schristman@northamptoncounty.org or 610-829-6382.

Description

Job Description

GENERAL PURPOSE
The Registered Nurse Assessment Coordinator is a professional health care position, providing staff assistance regarding level of care, change in status, and documentation requirements based on level of care. This position is responsible for the evaluation of patient eligibility for Federal and State reimbursement upon admission and hospital discharge and ensures completion and submission of all required applications and records. Works with the Registered Nurse Assessment (RNAC) Supervisor to evaluate resident care needs and assist in the development of individualized care plans.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED
This position reports directly to the Registered Nurse Assessment Coordinator (RNAC) Supervisor and/or Assistant Nursing Home Administrator.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED
This position is not responsible for the supervision of other employees.

Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL DUTIES OF THE POSITION
Evaluates patient application forms and preadmission Medical Records to determine Medicare/Medicaid admission eligibility and confers with the Admission Department, Social Service Coordinators, Business Office personnel, Nursing staff, and Medical staff for required patient care. Completes required Medicare Certification and issues required Center for Medicare Service letters to resident and/or Power of Attorney appropriately.

Makes regular rounds on nursing units and assists in the planning and execution of Minimum Data Set (MDS) Assessments and Care Plan Review Conferences. Reviews patient charts, for required patient care documentation, including level of care and changes in condition. Completes resident assessments for timeliness and accuracy.

Schedules and conducts resident care planning conferences and acts as liaison with families and legal representatives. Determines appropriate patient care level. Ensures evaluations of returning patients after hospitalization and works with the interdisciplinary team when care changes are required. This includes the discharge process and ensures complete documentation and follow-up of such changes.  Completes and processes all Federal, State and other forms and documentation required for reimbursement, evaluation and/or inspections. Audits and prepares assessments for transmittal to state agency.

Troubleshoots automation concerns for all staff with respect to assessments and care plans. Supervises nursing rehabilitation program in conjunction with nursing and rehabilitation departments.

Coordinates the utilization review process. Assembles and discusses information regarding continued care, new, and Medicare cases with facility nursing and administrative staff. Prepares records of each patient reviewed and meets with medical staff, on monthly basis, to review cases. Organizes and records meeting results and decisions. Completes required reporting forms, including notification forms. Follows up on actions decided and/or assigned, notifying appropriate offices and individuals. Updates care plan library in computer.

Assists the Medical Records Coordinator as needed during records requests from outside agencies. Acts as liaison with State agency Inspection for Care team. Receives directions, assembles records and provides assistance during inspection. Coordinates chart audit activities. Coordinates delivery of charts, distributes charts to appropriate review team, receives evaluation upon review completion, and evaluates compliance with established requirements. May work with the Clinic Coordinator, Infection Control Nurse, Risk Management Nurse, and Nursing Administration regarding resident assessment issues/concerns.

Assists department staff with gathering, organizing, and faxing required records and documentation for Medicare appeal process.

Monitors and coordinates hospital admission, length of stay, and discharge process.

Schedules and conducts resident care conferences, ensuring the coordination of all departments. Interviews residents and their families for information related to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment.

Follows all written and verbal directions given by supervisor.

Prepares appropriate reports as required.

Attends and participates in continuing education programs to keep abreast of changes in the profession.

Participates in developing, planning, conducting, and scheduling in-service training classes to help ensure a well-educated staff.

In the event of an emergency, may be asked to assist on the units with tasks such as administering medications to residents.

*An employee assigned to this title shall perform a majority, but may not perform all, of the duties listed in this job description. Conversely, minor level duties performed on the job may not be listed. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Qualifications

REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE – Graduation from an accredited school of nursing; AND

Possession of licensure as a Registered Nurse issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; AND

At least one (1) year of nursing experience in a long term care facility, preferably with Minimum Data Set (MDS) experience, including work experience with patient care regulatory requirements for documentation.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS - Applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and present valid proof of vaccinated status, in order to be eligible for hire at Gracedale Nursing Home. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people are considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines), or two (2) weeks after a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine).

Upon hire employee must have a drug screening and COVID-19 testing. Employees may also be periodically tested for COVID-19 as required or recommended. In addition, Gracedale Nursing Home will follow The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements with regard to booster(s) needed for workers in health care settings.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of Federal and State licensure regulations and requirements.

Thorough knowledge of practices and procedures pertaining to resident care, reimbursement, and other issues related to the effective and efficient provision of services.
Knowledge of Medicare and Medical Assistance standards and requirements for patients’ medical and other eligibility in a long term care facility.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with medical, nursing and administrative staff, and representatives from regulatory agencies.

Ability to monitor residents’ records, maintain relevant documentation, and issue required reports and notifications.

Ability to operate a personal computer and secure information from established data processing, spreadsheet, word processing, database and graphics programs.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand and communicate in English to perform the duties of this position.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Telephone, personal computer (including word processing and spreadsheet software), calculator, writing implements, fax machine, copy machine, and paper shredder.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, talk or hear.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may work in different work locations, primarily in a patient care environment with occasional time spent in an office.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

SELECTION GUIDELINES
Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview and reference check as well as job related tests may be required.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

FLSA STATUS: FLSA NON-EXEMPT (ELIGIBLE FOR OVERTIME)
DESIGNATION: CAREER SERVICE
PAY GRADE: CS-27
UNION STATUS: NON-UNION

Job Benefits
Full-time employees of the County of Northampton are afforded a package of benefits which includes the following:
Medical Insurance
Vision and Prescription
Dental
Life Insurance
Retirement
I. Medical Insurance
Coverage begins for the employee the first of the month following full-time employment for employees and their eligible dependents.  Cost to the employee to participate in the plans varies by the coverage selection and number of dependents; and may be subject to collective bargaining, if a union member. The employee may also elect to opt out of the County's medical insurance if proof of coverage through the spouse's employer is provided. Under this arrangement, the employee is provided with an annual $1,500.00 opt out payment.
II. Vision and Prescription
Coverage begins for the employee the first of the month following full-time employment for employees and their eligible dependents. Copayments may vary, subject to collective bargaining, if a union member. Coverage under the vision plan varies and depends upon the employee's choice of doctor and frame selection.
III. Dental Coverage
Coverage begins for the employee the first of the month following full-time employment for employees and their eligible dependents. Copayments may vary, subject to collective bargaining, if a union member.
IV. Life Insurance
A life insurance policy is afforded to full-time employees beginning on the first day of employment, unless specified differently in a collective bargaining agreement. It remains in effect as long as the employee is actively employed and terminates upon resignation or retirement. $20,000 is afforded to all eligible employees.
V. Retirement
All full-time employees and part-time employees working more than 1000 hours per year qualify for County of Northampton retirement benefits, in which employees must contribute 5% of their earnings, and employees may choose to add additional voluntary contributions, not to exceed an additional 10%.   Additionally, employees may participate in an optional deferred compensation plan [457(b)] which may provide present tax advantages and future retirement savings. Such arrangements are made directly with the providers and the County will administer payroll deductions only.
Employment Type
Full-time
Job Location
2 Gracedale Avenue, Nazareth, PA, 18064-9213, USA
Base Salary
$66,355.00 Per year
Date posted
March 8, 2022
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