RN Inpatient Care Manager (Utilization Management Experience Preferred)

  • Paterson St, Paterson, NJ 07501, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) focuses primarily on providing government-sponsored managed care services to families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, as well as individuals in the Health Insurance Marketplace. WellCare serves approximately 5.5 million members nationwide as of September 30, 2018. WellCare is a Fortune 500 company that employs nearly 12,000 associates across the country and was ranked a "World's Most Admired Company" in 2018 by Fortune magazine. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at www.wellcare.com. EOE: All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, childbirth or related medical condition or other legally protected basis protected by applicable federal or state law except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies. Comprehensive Health Management, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V/SO.

Job Description

WellCare is currently seeking a Onsite Inpatient Care Manager for the Paterson, New Jersey area.

Represents WellCare at assigned facilities to provide concurrent review, discharge planning and clinical evaluations of members for Case Management needs during face-to-face interaction. Identifies members with high risk medical conditions that will require complicated medical treatments for determination of individualized post-acute plan of care to reduce the risk of complications and/or readmissions. Works collaboratively with providers and facilities to determine, coordinate and authorize post-acute care services and will provide referrals to clinical and social support services, including but not limited to, case/disease management, other providers within the plan’s network and with community based resources.

Reports to: Mgr. Care Management

Department: PHS- NJ Care Management

Location: Paterson, New Jersey

Essential Functions:

  • Travels daily to assigned facilities to talk with members and physicians regarding the status and treatments within each case. Based on travel schedule and individual member’s situation, conducts onsite and/or telephonic concurrent review of members in assigned facilities to validate medical necessity of facility admissions.
  • Provides authorization to facilities using standard clinical criteria guidelines in conjunction with clinical judgment to determine the needed care required within the patient's individualized created care plan.
  • Initiates and continues direct communication with health care providers involved in the care of members, including treating physicians, IPA and/or hospitals, to share information and collaboratively establish acute and post-acute treatment plans for hospitalized members.
  • Interacts with treating physicians and health plan medical directors to evaluate medical treatment plan, and assesses opportunities for optimizing clinical outcomes through referrals to specialty care programs or an alternate level of care.
  • Documents clinical updates, authorizations and referrals in the health plan medical management system adhering to health plan documentation standards.
  • Utilizing clinical judgment, assesses and evaluates members at risk for complicated medical comorbidties, and/or repeat admissions potential, and determines individualized care plan for communication and interventions to promote successful discharge and post-acute care treatment plan.
  • Conducts patient interviews and clinical assessments through personal visits, and using clinical judgment, determines appropriate level of interventions and patient's need for follow up care.
  • Coordinates authorization and/or delivery of post-acute care services, including, but not limited to referrals to case and disease management, home health, medical equipment, skilled nursing facilities and other community based services.
  • Provides members with educational resources to enhance their ability to access health care services, including health plan contacts, primary care physician and other pertinent health care provider contacts.
  • Facilitates referrals for post-discharge follow up with appropriate professional providers and support services (i.e. transportation) to ensure that members are able to access medically necessary services after discharge.
  • Complies with all health plan and facility based regulations regarding HIPAA and patient safety and security.
  • Identifies quality of care issues, and reports to appropriate health plan Quality department representative.
  • Performs special projects as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Nurse will be based out of home, with travel required daily to assigned hospitals and facilities; Frequent travel required to regional health plan office. Valid driver’s license, without restrictions, is required.


Candidate Education:

  • Required A High School or GED
  • Preferred A Bachelor's Degree in a related field Health Services or Nursing

Candidate Experience:

  • Required 3 years of experience in a clinical setting with general nursing exposure in the following: E/R critical care, discharge planning, bedside care, and/or acute care facility.
  • Required 3 years of experience in applying nursing judgment to make clinical decisions with minimal supervisory or oversight
  • Preferred 1 year of experience in Managed Care

Candidate Skills:

  • Intermediate Ability to analyze information and covert related activities into a comprehensive work plan
  • Intermediate Ability to work in a fast paced environment with changing priorities
  • Intermediate Ability to identify basic problems and procedural irregularities, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Intermediate Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from families, members, and providers
  • Intermediate Ability to create, review and interpret treatment plans
  • Intermediate Demonstrated written communication skills
  • Intermediate Ability to influence internal and external constituents
  • Intermediate Ability to represent the company with external constituents
  • Intermediate Demonstrated interpersonal/verbal communication skills
  • Intermediate Demonstrated customer service skills
  • Intermediate Knowledge of healthcare delivery
  • Intermediate Knowledge of community, state and federal laws and resources

Licenses and Certifications:
A license in one of the following is required:

  • Required Licensed Registered Nurse (RN)

Technical Skills:

  • Required Intermediate Microsoft Excel
  • Required Intermediate Microsoft Outlook
  • Required Intermediate Microsoft Word
  • Required Intermediate Healthcare Management Systems (Generic)


  • Required English
  • Preferred Spanish

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.