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UnitedHealth Group Network Contracting Manager - Overland Park, KS in Overland Park, Kansas

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Network Contracting Manager is responsible for jobs related to provider network contract negotiation and pricing to support the development of geographically competitive, broad access, stable provider network that is both affordable and predictable. Adheres to policies, procedures and regulations to ensure compliance and patient safety. Participation in Compliance and other important training is a condition of employment.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develops the provider network (physicians, pharmacies, ancillary groups & facilities, etc) yielding a geographically competitive, broad access, stable network that achieves objectives for cost performance

  • Evaluates and negotiates contracts in compliance with company contract templates, reimbursement structure standards, and other key process controls

  • Manages and is accountable for team members and/or supervisors as needed

  • Establishes and maintains strong business relationships with Physician, Pharmacy, or Ancillary providers, and ensures the network composition includes an appropriate distribution of provider specialties

  • Balance financial and operational impact of contracts to providers, members, and different customer groups when developing and/or negotiating contract terms

  • Evaluate market rates and provider performance (eg, billing patterns; referral patterns; quality and effectiveness) in order to establish provider rates and negotiation strategies

  • Explain the organization's direction and strategy to internal partners and providers in order to justify methodologies, processes, policies, and procedures

  • Identify and gather information regarding provider issues in order to develop and/or implement strategy to resolve matter, keep manager informed of progress, or escalate issue to appropriate internal business partner

  • Represent department in external meetings (eg, ancillary providers; physician groups; facilities) to gather relevant information, recommend solutions, execute on deliverables as assigned and explain results/decision/activities

  • Monitor and/or oversee provider financial performance to identify opportunities to improve performance and/or provider relationship

  • Educate providers on the organization's processes, policies, and procedures in order to ensure provider compliance and ease of Administration

  • Monitor and/or oversee network performance and industry trends to identify opportunities to refine, develop, and/or implement market strategies

  • Other duties as assigned

You'll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field - related education and experience may be substituted for one another on a year for year basis

  • 2+ years of experience with network contracting in a managed care environment

  • Demonstrated understanding of and utilize applicable financial tools (e.g., HPM; PPM; FAT; HCE's RVU/Unit tool) and reports (e.g., internal financial models; external reports) to develop rates

  • Utilize appropriate contract management systems (e.g., Emptoris; PEGA; Contract Attachment Repository) to author and execute contracts and to access supplemental contractual documents

  • Demonstrated understanding of contract language in order to assess financial and operational impact and legal implications of requested contract changes

  • Demonstrated understanding of competitor landscape within the market (e.g., rates; market share; products; provider networks; market intelligence; GeoAccess)

  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential job function of this role. Candidates located in states that mandate COVID-19 booster doses must also comply with those state requirements. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination, and boosters when applicable, prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation

To protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients and communities we serve, UnitedHealth Group and its affiliate companies require all employees to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status prior to beginning employment. In addition, some roles and locations require full COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as an essential job function. UnitedHealth Group adheres to all federal, state and local COVID-19 vaccination regulations as well as all client COVID-19 vaccination requirements and will obtain the necessary information from candidates prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Failure to meet the vaccination requirement may result in rescission of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

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