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At Berkeley Optometry, we have long lived by guiding principles that define and differentiate us. As part of a world-renowned university that embraces excellence and access, we foster an environment of trust and mutual respect, free expression and inquiry, and personal resilience and achievement. We are strongly committed to diversity, respect for cultural differences, and promotion of social justice. These principles serve us daily in our reasoning and actions and aid us in our decision-making.
The mission of the School is executed by approximately 20 ladder-rank faculty, 8 emeriti faculty, 133 full and part time clinical faculty, 70 staff, 30 professional researchers, 20 graduate students and 26 visiting faculty and postdoctoral research scholars. The staff includes professional, health care, technical, research, and clerical representation and provide support to a complex array of functions.
We educate an estimated 320 students annually. Our O.D. program is a 4 year program with clinical training provided at 2 campus clinics, 10 satellite clinics (community care), 7 VA clinics, and 24 external clinics across the country. Our one-year post-graduate residency programs provide advanced clinical education in specialty areas of optometry to 18 residents with placement on and off campus and our Vision Science program consists of 40 PhD students.
The position is one of the front-line Patient Services staff of the Optometry Clinic, normally stationed at one of the reception desks. The Incumbent places or adjusts patient appointments; meets, greets and directs the patient to the correct clinic; advises patients and other visitors about clinic location and parking; handles paperwork and computer entry related to the patient visit; and assists with orders for contact lenses or eyewear. The position must assess insurance coverage; obtain authorizations from insurers for services to patients, and obtain and record payment of patient's account.
Key Responsibilities include:
Patient Appointment Activities: -- Courteously Answer incoming phone lines and screen, route, take messages or respond as appropriate -- Triage patient to determine which clinic fits the patient care needs; request assistance from more experienced staff if in doubt. -- Schedule patient appointments on the computerized scheduling system according to patient, clinician or doctor request, following all correct procedures and entering all necessary information accurately. -- Communicate last-minute patient schedule changes to Clinics, providers or other staff as indicated. -- Accurately update patient demographics in computer database. -- Obtain and accurately enter patient insurance information as needed; following correct procedures for updating of insurance records on computer database and filing of authorizations or other paperwork to ensure correct processing of patient billing. -- Obtain insurance eligibility and authorizations as needed and communicate lapses of coverage to patients at time of appointing -- Schedule patient follow-up visits as requested by provider(s).
Patient Reception Activities: -- Check-in arriving patients & accurately update computerized records providing excellent customer service. -- Advise patient about parking and/or provide permits -- Provide patient with necessary paperwork and forms -- Direct patient to the correct Clinic location for appointment -- Respond to patient inquiries or direct patient to appropriate staff for answers -- Access patient database to answer queries about materials or services in process -- Liaison with outside transportation vendor(s), as needed
Clinic Operations Activities: -- If assigned, handle opening/setup/closing of clinic, following all guidelines. -- Remain logged in to the phone system the maximum time possible; make every attempt to take calls when the busy bell signal indicates patients have been on hold longer than acceptable. -- As assigned, assist patients with contact lens ordering. -- Provide cashiering support (collect & process payments) as needed, following all proscribed guidelines. -- As assigned, settle credit card machines and transfer all receipts according to defined procedures. -- Balance previous day's receipts with reports from patient database following prescribed procedures. -- Run computerized reports of patient or schedule activity for Clinic Administration, as needed. -- Maintain workspace and Patient Services area in a neat and orderly manner -- Restock necessary supplies in Patient Services area & alert Clinic Administration of needed supplies -- Coordinate breaks and lunch with other staff members to ensure optimal desk coverage -- Have a working knowledge of and be able to assist with records room procedures as needed. -- Understand and adhere to HIPAA regulations. -- As assigned, set up to call patients for Contact Lens or Spectacle order notification and file contact lenses and spectacles for pick-up as is appropriate. -- Assist patients with pickup/dispense of contact lenses, spectacles or other eye care products -- Process patient orders for contact lenses, following Clinic procedures. -- Process patient orders for low vision devices following Clinic procedures-- Follow up with insurance companies when discrepancies or issues concerning patient coverage arise -- Process records requests (patients and providers -- Assist with surgery day administrative tasks as assigned. (Only Selected Staff)
Skills Development and Training -- Take part in any training offered to further knowledge of the Clinic procedures/policies.
Knowledge of basic computer and database entry
Exemplary customer service
Proper courtesy and efficiency on the telephone
Familiar with HIPAA (patient privacy) regulations
Graduation from high school (or GED) and appropriate experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience in cashiering is helpful
Salary & Benefits
$21.43 per hour. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Optometry Clinic employees must comply with all UC Berkeley Optometry Clinic annual immunization and medical screening requirements.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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