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At the Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of California, Berkeley, we have long lived by defining principles that guide us and differentiate us. As a 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 promoting social justice. These principles serve us daily in our reasonings and actions and aid us in our decision making. 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.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: March 31, 2023
Patient Appointment Activities:
Patient screening: COVID questions and temperature checks at the front entrance
Courteously Answer incoming phone lines and screen, route, take messages or respond as appropriate.
Triage patients to determine which clinic fits the patient's care needs; request assistance from more experienced staff if in doubt.
Schedule patient appointments on the computerized scheduling system according to the patient, clinician, or doctor's 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 the computer database.
Obtain and accurately enter patient insurance information as needed; follow correct procedures for updating insurance records on a 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 the time of appointment.
Schedule patient follow-up visits as requested by the provider(s).
Advise patient about parking and/or provide permits.
Provide patients with necessary paperwork and forms.
Direct patient to the correct Clinic location for appointment.
Respond to patient inquiries or direct patients to the appropriate staff for answers.
Access the 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 the previous day's receipts with reports from the patient database following prescribed procedures.
Run computerized reports of patients or schedule activity for Clinic Administration, as needed.
Maintain workspace and Patient Services area in a neat and orderly manner.
Restock necessary supplies in the Patient Services area & alert the 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 the pickup/dispensing 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 request (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.
Working knowledge in administrative procedures and processes including word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
Requires verbal and written communication skills, active listening, critical thinking, multi-task, and time management skills.
Incumbents must have exemplary customer service, proper courtesy, and efficiency on the telephone, and be familiar with HIPAA (patient privacy) regulations.
To be eligible to work, clinic employees must comply with all UC Berkeley Optometry Clinic annual immunization, TB and COVID Testing Medical Screening requirements, training, and University and School policies.
High school diploma or equivalent experience/training.
Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.
The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $24.09 (step 1.0).
This is a 100% full-time (40 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
This position is non-exempt and paid bi-weekly.
How to Apply
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.
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.
Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.
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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.
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