Oregon Health & Science University

PAS Specialist - Relief (South Waterfront)

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Hospital/Clinic Support
Position Type
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
OP Pt/Ot - Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
Salary Range
$21.42 - $29.00 per hour
Days, Monday - Saturday, Variable
Days, Evenings
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

You will be a member of the Rehabilitation Services patient care team in Outpatient Rehabilitation Services. Patient Access Service Specialist gathers and records required information about patients; provides specific customer services which include screening forfinancial eligibility, confirming health insurance coverage and individual’s obligations, obtaining necessary authorizations for care, scheduling appointments, phones, billing, cash handling and assisting patients in an office or clinic setting. This classification is part of the Patient Access Services classifications which include PAS Trainee, PAS Specialist, PAS Resource Specialistand PAS Coordinator 1-3. The PAS Specialist is distinguished from the higher PAS classifications by the lack of responsibility for providing guidance and leadership to other PAS positions.

Function/Duties of Position

Customer Service:

  • Provides high quality customer service to both external customers (patient, referring providers, and insurance carriers) and internal customers (OHSU health care providers and staff) that meets or exceeds the service standards of the health care industry. This duty includes prompt and professional communication efforts, face-to-face customer contact skills, crisis management, facility with available information technology, standard complaint processing, flexible coverage of internal service needs, and the continuous application of process improvement methods and skills. 

Enrollment & Authorization:

  • Gathers and/or verifies patient information including demographics, insurance coverage, and financial status. Confirms patient eligibility for health care coverage and clarifies any managed care arrangements. Obtains authorizations for clinical care, procedures, and laboratory studies. Enters all information accurately into
    OHSU databases or into the medical record when necessary. Follows up on pending authorizations until they are obtained.

Arranged Care.

  • Schedules new patient appointments on line and manually if necessary. Obtains prior medical records and studies if appropriate. Creates a medical record if needed. Arranges stretchers, wheelchairs, and interpreters when necessary, and accommodates other special needs whenever possible. Mails information packets. Provides personal reminders to patients about upcoming appointments. Obtains and prepares OHSU medical records before scheduled appointments.

Point of Service Operations:

  • Greets patients and confirms that an appointment has been kept. Inspects insurance cards and/or authorization notices. Identifies and collects deductible payments, co-payments, and deposits on services; provides receipts and completes necessary accounting procedures. Verifies and updates the common data set on-line. Explains and satisfies any necessary patient signature requirements.

Integrated Care:

  • Arranges and orders associated clinical, diagnostic, or laboratory services; obtains authorizations when necessary. Directs patients to appropriate providers for other health care issues. Completes and routes direct referrals to other clinical services. Contacts primary care physicians or their designees to obtain authorizations for urgent care. Schedules return appointments on line, and manually if necessary; initiates authorization requests for subsequent care.


  • Triages and documents accurately telephone calls from patients including requests for medication refills, complaints, general information inquiries, and urgent health care concerns. Delivers such information or requests promptly to the appropriate providers or their designees.

Training and Competency:

  • Successfully completes the required PAS initial training and core competency assessment before or during the trial service period. Completes all required update modules. Maintains core competencies, and demonstrates continuous application of these skills throughout the period of employment.

Required Qualifications

  • Six months of work experience in a medical office setting, including high volume direct patient contact OR
  • One year of work experience in a high volume direct public contact position
  • Note: Successful completion of a formal OHSU Administrative Internship Program will substitute
    for one year of experience.
  • Successful completion of the required PAS initial training and core competency assessment before or during the trial service period.
  • Basic computer keyboarding skills including typing of 30 - 45 wpm
  • Utilize standard computer and keyboard for a minimum of four hours at a time
  • Ability to sit for up to four hours at a time, bend to reach files
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Rehabilitation scheduling experience
  • High level of customer service

Additional Details

  • Work location variable: CHH1, OHSU Hospital, DCH, CDRC locations
  • Must be available to work at least four (4) days per pay period as determined according to the Employer’s needs

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.


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