Pain Management Physician Reviewer/Advisor

Location: Glendale, CA
Date Posted: 11-17-2017
  • Salary $200,000 + bonus
  • Comprehensive Benefit and Retirement Programs, PTO, malpractice insurance, CME credits
  • This is direct hire role.
  • After about 8-10 months, can be situated in a home office.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced clinical practitioner who would like to transition to a non-patient-facing clinical environment. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with provider physicians in a peer-to-peer conversation. 


This position is with a leading $40B healthcare system, you will conduct utilization reviews and impact the quality of care for their members.  The client is seeking a Board-Certified Pain Management Physician to participate in pre-authorization and quality improvement solutions for high-tech diagnostic imaging and musculoskeletal management. Physician Reviewers determine the medical necessity of outpatient requests using clinical appropriateness guidelines and health plan medical policy.  Board-Certified Pain Management Physicians will participate in pre-authorization and quality improvement solutions for interventional pain management procedures involving the spine, and high-tech diagnostic musculoskeletal imaging.  Physician Advisors determine the medical necessity of requests using clinical appropriateness guidelines and health plan medical policy.
Successful candidates will:
  • Determine medical necessity of requests using applicable clinical criteria, which may include  Appropriateness Guidelines, client-specific health plan medical policy, well established evidenced-based guidelines and CMS Coverage Determinations, as applicable.
  • Perform physician-level case review of interventional pain management utilization requests involving the spine such as epidural injections (interlaminar/caudal and transforaminal), epidural adhesiolysis, facet joint injection, radioablation, regional sympathetic nerve block, sacroiliac joint injections, spinal cord stimulators and thermal intradiscal procedures following initial clinical review by a physical therapy reviewer or a nurse reviewer.
  • Perform physician-level case review of interventional pain management utilization requests involving musculoskeletal high-tech diagnostic imaging following initial clinical review by a physical therapy reviewer or a nurse reviewer.
  • Conduct peer-to-peer consultations with ordering physicians, physician assistants and advanced practice nurses regarding established guidelines and accepted standards of care as it relates to interventional pain management treatments, imaging and appropriate sites of service.
    • Discuss clinically appropriate alternative treatments, imaging studies and sites of care with ordering providers when consistent with applicable clinical criteria.
    • Provide education regarding applicable clinical criteria.
  • Perform first level provider appeals of coverage decisions.
  • Demonstrate and maintain knowledge of applicable clinical criteria and relevant policies pertaining to utilization review.
  • Demonstrate and maintain knowledge of applicable ICD-10, HCPCS, and CPT coding guidelines as it relates to interventional pain management services and procedures.
  • Provide support and educate internal clinical and non-clinical staff to foster understanding of the principles associated with appropriate musculoskeletal diagnoses, treatments, and management.
  • Actively participate in physician team meetings.
  • Actively participate in groups that develop, revise and enhance clinical appropriateness guidelines.


Who Will Be a Great Fit?  
  • Current unrestricted medical license(s) as a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Board Certification in Pain Management by the American Board of Anesthesiology, 
  • The American Board of Psychiatry and The American Board of Neurology, 
  • or the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • 3-5 years of clinical practice experience past fellowship training is desirable.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current practice standards in specialty
  • Strong oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Preferred experience with utilization management, especially with CMS guidelines.
As recruiters, we are skilled in our field and understand how to match an opportunity with the individual. If you choose to send us your resume, be advised we will not distribute it outside our firm without first speaking with you and obtaining your permission.

Brian Hughes
Great Bay Medical Staffing
Professional Search & Contract Staffing
Feel free to forward this job opening to qualified individuals!
800.528.4045 / resumes at GreatBayStaffing.com
 
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