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Sanford Health RN - Registered Nurse Specialist - Utilization Management - FT in Fargo, North Dakota

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Facility: Carufel Building
Location: Fargo, ND
Address: 505 7th Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102, USA
Shift: 8 Hours - Day Shifts
Job Schedule: Full time
Weekly Hours: 40.00
Starting Rate: $24/hr

Department Details

Daily tasks for an RN Utilization Management Specialist include:

  • Screen all hospital admissions utilizing MCG Guidelines to determine appropriate admission level of care.

  • Utilize MCG Guidelines to determine medical necessity of continued stay.

  • Assist Case Management and patient care team with patient transitions by identifying patients that no longer meet acute criteria for continued stay.

  • Prospective review of planned surgical admissions to determine appropriate level of care.

  • Obtain initial and continued stay authorization for inpatient admissions as required by various payers.

  • Management of admission and continued stay medical necessity payer denials by facilitating or initiating an appeal.

Schedule includes: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM -4:30 PM with every 5th weekend 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM and 1-2 holidays per year.

3- 5 years of medical surgical clinical experience preferred.

Potential opportunity to transition to remote work from home after 1 year on site, if criteria for telecommuting contract are met and approved by leadership.

Job Summary

Conduct level of care medical necessity reviews within patient’s medical records. Performs utilization management (UM) activities in accordance with UM plan to assure compliance with accreditation/regulatory requirements. Completes/coordinates activities relating to the implementation, ongoing evaluation, and improvements to UM and/or prior authorization processes with applicable. Completes activities relating to determination of medical necessity, authorization, continued stay review including diagnosis and procedural coding for working diagnosis related group (DRG) assignments. Workflows may include patient chart review, and assisting with and managing of insurance coverage and denials, prior authorizations, scheduled procedures, same-day readmission reviews, as well as length of stay. Ensure validation of appropriate level of care for pre-admission surgical reviews prior to admission. Reviews include InterQual clinical decision support criteria to ensure both the appropriateness of medical services and effective cost control. Ability to determine appropriate action for referring cases that do not meet departmental standards and require additional secondary review and/or escalation as needed.

May also be actively involved in collaborating with members of the healthcare team to promote medically necessary resource utilization and achievement of fiscal outcomes when appropriate. Collaborates with physicians and other clinical professionals as needed to assist in documentation improvement practices for effective and appropriate services. Dynamic and tactful interpersonal skills, particularly in relating to physicians and other health care professionals. Educates members of the healthcare team regarding trends, external regulations and internal policies that effect resource utilization and potentially, prior authorization.

Assists the department in monitoring the utilization of resources, risk management and quality of care for patients in accordance with guidelines and criteria. Assist in report preparation, correspondence, and maintenance of appropriate records. Ensure services comply with professional standards, national and local coverage determinations (NCD/LCD), centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS), as well as state and federal regulatory requirements. Maintain working knowledge of payer standards for UM functions for authorization requirements.

May assist with additional special projects related to work, upcoming initiatives, new organizational goals and audits when delegated. Considered a resource to all team members and acts as a point of contact for guidance, training, and assisting with questions. Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability where scheduling may fluctuate due to communication needs within interdepartmental and clinical units are required.


Bachelor's degree in nursing preferred. Graduate from a nationally accredited nursing program required, including, but not limited to, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA).

Currently holds an unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license with the State Board of Nursing. Obtains and subsequently maintains required department specific competencies and certifications.


Sanford Health offers an attractive benefits package for qualifying full-time and part-time employees. Depending on eligibility, a variety of benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, work/life balance benefits, sick leave and paid time off. To review your benefit eligibility, visit .

Sanford is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request an accommodation for help with your online application, please call 1-877-673-0854 or send an email to .

Sanford Health has a Drug Free Workplace Policy. An accepted offer will require a drug screen and pre-employment background screening as a condition of employment.

Job Function: Care Coordination
Req Number: R-70408
Featured: No