Sr. Clinical Program Coordinator (Lung Screening Navigator)- Simmons Cancer Center
Department: Simm Com Cancer Center - Pract
Full/Part Time/PRN: Full-Time
Experience and Education
-Licensure as a Registered Nurse by Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas with a minimum of a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing; Master's degree preferred.
-PharmD with licensure in the State of Texas.
-LMSW with licensure in the State of Texas.
2.Serves as an essential link between patients and all other care providers and functions as a patient advocate to help the patient and family along the health care continuum.
3.Facilitates appointments for consults and support services within established service standards working with patient navigators and Patient Physician Referral Services as necessary.
4.Coordinates multidisciplinary planning and facilitates care conferences as necessary.
5.May develop patient education programs and tools.
6.Responsible for outreach efforts based on registries and other tools to help close patient care gaps, facilitate referrals, and other services as needed to promote highest quality of care, and optimum health.
7.Duties performed may include one or more of the following core functions: (a) Directly interacting with or caring for patients; (b) Directly interacting with or caring for human-subjects research participants; (c) Regularly maintaining, modifying, releasing or similarly affecting patient records (including patient financial records); or (d) Regularly maintaining, modifying, releasing or similarly affecting human-subjects research records.
Additional Specific Duties:
Functions as system wide (multiple hospital and outpatient locations) coordinator of CT lung screening services. Serves as an agent of the patient and engages with other care practitioners to provide the full scope of intake, exam, results, and follow up - of patient care. Analyzes information, monitors patients, and takes action to facilitate their wellness and healing. Ensures personnel and equipment standards meet regulatory compliance. Delegates appropriately and supervises assistive personnel. Develops and distributes educational materials.
Maintains continuous (M-F) phone and web accessibility for patients, families, and physicians. Assists patients and their families to gain timely access to applicable EHC CT lung screening facilities. Provides alternatives if CT lung screening is deemed inappropriate (i.e., age or clinical criteria). Partners with scheduling and referrers on easing any access barriers. Assists with adding CT lung screening sites in relation to UTSW strategic expansion and patient needs.
Schedules appointments and diagnostic studies and tracks status of patients in database.
Performs program Quality Assessment checks, audits, and reviews.
Report results to those screened and their primary care/specialty practice doctors and transmit requested copies in a timely manner. Makes use of the ACR database system to track findings and manage continuum of care.
Work with a lung cancer multidisciplinary clinical team to carry out a coordinated process for screening, follow up and treatment when appropriate. Initiates and maintains strong relations and communications with other technologists and navigators throughout UTSW.
Comply with standards based on best published practices for controlling screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures. Maintain designation as a lung cancer screening program through the American College of Radiology. Assists with ensuring technologist expertise. Undertakes process improvement activities when and where necessary.
Works with Patient Financial Services, physician offices, and patients to ensure CMS, private insurance, and self-pay requirements are met. Ensures patients are not unfairly burdened with costs.
Educates patients, families, and staff. Provide clear information on the risks and benefits of CT screening through a shared decision-making process. Include a comprehensive cessation program for those still smoking or refer to comprehensive cessation programs. Promotes regional and community awareness of CT lung screening services.
Functions as the initial contact point in the CT lung screening process and sets the overall tone for the patient and family experience. Provides patient and family feedback to others throughout UTSW. Models and promotes UTSW service standards. Assists with ensuring optimal outcomes for patients and families.
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