Covenant Health

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Patient Registration Spec
Parkwest Medical Center
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Patient Registration Specialist, Admitting & Registration

Full time, 80 hours per pay period, Day shift


Parkwest Overview:

Since admitting our first patient in 1973, Parkwest has been at the vanguard of healthcare in East Tennessee. We are an eight-time Top 100 Heart Hospital and have received multiple awards for excellence in emergency care, clinical practice, and patient satisfaction. Learn more about our professional accolades.


Admitting & Registration :

Our friendly and courteous registration staff is here to serve the patients’ registration needs whether the patient is here for a simple lab test, diagnostic testing, surgery, or inpatient services.  Registration Specialists are most often the patients’ first contact. They are responsible for obtaining patient demographics, validate the patients’ identification, and verify insurance benefits. Our staff collects financial information so we may accurately bill the patient or their insurance for services rendered. The Registration Department has three areas which are Emergency Department Registration, Outpatient Registration and Pre-registration/Insurance Verification.


  • Outpatient Registration is located in the Main Lobby of the hospital. Hours of operation are: Monday – Friday: 5 a.m. -7:30 p.m. and Saturday: 6:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. The staff in Outpatient Registration work 8 hour shifts. For the patients’ convenience, there is also a Financial Counselor located in Outpatient Registration for patients to come in to discuss their account and make payments. Office hours are 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • ED Registration is open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The staff in the ED Registration work 10 hour shifts.  They also rotate weekends.
  • The Pre-Registration/Insurance Verification office is located on the main level of the hospital behind Outpatient Registration. Hours of operation are: 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Our staff receive on-going training for the 11 different systems that are currently being used.  We are always looking for improvement from our patients and employee feedback. Our vision is to strive for excellence in quality, efficiency, and provide the highest customer service for all patients.


Position Summary:

Coordinates the centralized scheduling of all out patient diagnostic and surgical procedures.  Accurate collection and data entry of the required financial and demographic information for all patients registered to our facility. Ensuring verification of benefits and pre-certification requirements are met prior to scheduled appointment/admission. Follow up as necessary on all urgent or unscheduled registrations for consistency in the process.  Establishes controls so unscheduled patients understand and receive accurate information on their patient liability.


If you have any questions please contact Recruiter Jennifer Gordon || 865-374-8107 ||


  • Collects co-payments/deposits based on verification information obtained, generates receipts to the payer, and delivers all cash transactions to the cashier for proper posting to the patient account.
  • Maintain strict confidentially of patient information.
  • Recommends to the Coordinator updates to existing police and procedures that support our values and are intended to increase efficiency and promote data integrity.
  • Notifies the Financial Counselor immediately upon scheduling or registering any potential self pay, worker’s compensation patient, or any non-covered procedures.
  • Makes patient type changes based on information given from Medical Records Staff and/or Care Coordinators, ensuring documentation is present in the medical record to support the change.
  • Ensures all reservations are properly documented to support departmental statistics. Enters faxed reservations into the HBOC scheduling system.
  • Schedules operative and diagnostic procedures utilizing the HBOC scheduling system. Documents each scheduled procedure/event with detailed information. Notifies departments of any special resources required for procedure/event.
  • Verifies insurance benefits and obtains pre-certification from various third-party payers. Has extensive knowledge of insurance plan requirements. Provides necessary documentation to DHS and Med Assist staff for patients potentially in need of financial assistance or TennCare enrollment.
  • Efficiently gathers all demographic, medical and financial information for scheduling, registration, and verification of patient accounts utilizing the HBOC computer system to record data. Enters verification and pre-certification notes into SMS financial system as cross-reference.
  • Participates with clinical and care management areas to address opportunities to improve overall collections and cash flow.
  • Analyzes claims denial data for opportunities to achieve improved collections, enhance relations with insurance companies and physician practices, and improve workflow process.
  • Reports pertinent procedural changes/updates to appropriate leadership.
  • Professionally deals with patients, physicians, visitors, and other hospital staff members.
  • Demonstrates ability to keep abreast of regulatory and insurance requirements ensuring that changes are incorporated in daily job functions.
  • Assures the registration process is handled in a professional manner, maintaining registration accuracy rate of 95 to 100 percent.
  • Explains a variety of necessary information to the patient/family member, such as: consent for treatment, advance directives, medical/financial release, deposit requirements, billing and payment polices and advanced beneficiary notices.
  • Recognizes situations that necessitate supervision, seeking appropriate resources.
  • Directs, escorts, and/or provides wheelchair assistance to the patient upon completion of the registration process to the appropriate nursing unit or diagnostic testing area.
  • Performs pre-registration process by utilization of phone and mail techniques, advising the patient during the conversation of any co-pay or deductible amounts due upon admission.
  • Maintains an accurate bed board, utilizing the computerized bed tracking system, so wait times for admitted patients are kept to a minimum.
  • Coordinates with Nursing Services the flow of inpatient and observation patient admissions.
  • Displays competence in use of all Information Computer Systems that supply information regarding patient registration and scheduling. (DeRoyal, HBOC, Account Link and Medifax)
  • Update schedules daily of unexpected procedures, cancellations or changes and communicates with all individuals affected by revisions.
  • Shows initiative to cross-train in all duties related to; Scheduling, Registration, Verification and Pre-Certification.
  • Prepares the patient account folder by scanning all vital registration/scheduling/verification documents into the optical imaging system. Examples of documents: Insurance cards, financial agreements, ER charge sheets, Verification Sheets, Pre-Certification letters and physician orders. Will also index the document(s) using the optical scanning system, placing the document(s) in the correct electronic file folder.
  • Demonstrates the ability to handle varying tasks and setting priorities.
  • Activates manual systems for computer network downtime, printing schedules in advance when necessary. Notifies leadership of unscheduled downtime occurrences.
  • Coordinates scheduling of classrooms for meetings, conferences, etc, ensuring confirmation is provided for the correct date and time.
  • Follows policies, procedures, and safety standards. Completes required education assignments annually. Works toward achieving goals and objectives, and participates in quality improvement initiatives as requested.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Education:    

Non specified; will accept any combination of formal education and/or prior work experience sufficient to demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skill and ability needed to perform the essential tasks of the job, typically such as would be equivalent to a high school diploma or GED. Preference may be given to individuals possessing a Bachelor’s degree in a directly-related field from an accredited college or university.


Minimum Experience:   

Experience in hospital setting or financial area required.


Licensure Requirement:  



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