Summary
Overview
Work History
Education
Skills
Affiliations
Accomplishments
Certification
References
Timeline
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MARGARITA JACKSON

Melbourne,FL

Summary

Skilled Utilization Review Nurse is offering talents in continuous assessments and clinical records oversight—a pleasant individual with over 35 years in the nursing field. I am ready to join a new company that appreciates attention to detail and exemplary clinical review skills.

Overview

3
3
years of professional experience
1
1
Certification

Work History

Utilization Review Nurse

Cigna
Bloomfield , CT
2022.10 - 2024.03
  • Assessed patient medical records to determine the appropriateness of requested services and procedures.
  • Conducted reviews of inpatient utilization for compliance with admission criteria and concurrent review requirements.
  • Analyzed data from patient surveys, interviews and other sources to assess healthcare service quality.
  • Provided education to providers regarding utilization management processes and protocols.
  • Collaborated with multidisciplinary teams on developing strategies for improving care quality and controlling costs.
  • Evaluated clinical documentation for accuracy and completeness in order to make decisions about coverage determinations.
  • Reviewed denial letters issued by insurance companies to ensure that they were appropriate and timely.
  • Monitored pre-authorization requests to ensure that all necessary information was received prior to approval or denial of services.
  • Maintained up-to-date knowledge of health plan benefits, policies, procedures, regulations, coding guidelines.
  • Generated reports related to utilization management activities such as length of stay trends, denials rates.
  • Performed discharge planning including referrals for post-acute care services when appropriate.
  • Participated in provider meetings to discuss cases involving complex medical conditions or difficult authorization decisions.
  • Facilitated communication between payers, providers and patients concerning authorization issues or concerns.
  • Attended conferences and training sessions related to utilization review topics such as best practices or new technologies.
  • Reviewed patient admissions to determine medical necessity as directed by Miliman criteria.


Nursing Supervisor

Maximus Federal Services
McLean , VA
2022.03 - 2022.07
  • Developed and implemented nursing policies and procedures to ensure quality patient care.
  • Provided staff education and training on new equipment, techniques, and processes.
  • Conducted performance reviews of nursing staff members to identify areas for improvement.
  • Resolved conflicts among medical staff in a professional manner.
  • Coordinated scheduling of staff to meet departmental needs.
  • Maintained accurate records related to staffing, budgeting, patient care, and other administrative duties.
  • Facilitated communication between physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers regarding patient care issues.
  • Evaluated clinical practices and implemented changes as needed based on feedback from staff members or research data.
  • Reviewed incident reports involving nursing staff members or patients to determine appropriate corrective action.
  • Trained other nurses on patient care and daily tasks, supporting growth and professional development.
  • Managed team of 12 registered nurses.

RN Case Manager

Adventist Health System
Clearlake , CA
2021.08 - 2022.02
  • Communicated regularly with family members regarding patient care needs and progress toward goals.
  • Provided emotional support and counseling to patients dealing with chronic illness or end-of-life issues.
  • Assessed patient's physical, mental, and psychosocial health status to develop individualized care plans.
  • Provided direct nursing care such as wound dressing changes, IV therapy, medication administration and patient education.
  • Monitored and evaluated effectiveness of treatment plans and interventions.
  • Collaborated with physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals to ensure optimal patient outcomes.
  • Developed discharge plans for patients transitioning from acute care settings to home or alternate facilities.
  • Coordinated medical services between primary care providers, specialists, hospitals and outpatient clinics.
  • Facilitated referrals to community resources for additional support services.
  • Maintained accurate documentation of patient progress in the electronic health record.
  • Conducted weekly interdisciplinary team meetings to review case management activities for assigned caseloads.
  • Educated patients on disease prevention strategies, wellness promotion techniques and lifestyle modifications.
  • Identified high-risk cases requiring intensive monitoring or specialized interventions.
  • Actively participated in multidisciplinary rounds discussing complex cases with members of the healthcare team.
  • Advocated for patient needs with interdisciplinary team and implemented outlined treatment plans.

Utilization Review Specialist

Aetna
Hartford , CT
2024.03 - present
  • Analyzed treatment plans for appropriateness, effectiveness and medical necessity in accordance with established criteria.
  • Conducted concurrent reviews to monitor the ongoing appropriateness of services provided to members.
  • Collaborated with physicians, nurses, case managers, discharge planners, social workers and other healthcare professionals to develop a comprehensive plan of care within specified guidelines.
  • Interpreted coverage policies and benefit provisions as they relate to the clinical setting.
  • Provided consultation on appropriate use of services to staff members including utilization management strategies.
  • Monitored trends in utilization patterns and made recommendations for improvement as needed.

Education

Master of Science - Nursing Education

Walden University
Minneapolis, MN
2012-04

Skills

  • Communication
  • Medical Coding
  • Records analysis
  • Interpersonal and written communication
  • HIPAA Compliance
  • Home Health Care
  • Patient transfers and transitions
  • Discharge Planning
  • Utilization Management
  • Quality Improvement
  • Insurance Verification
  • Medicaid knowledge
  • Documentation And Reporting
  • Performing assessments

Affiliations

Former member of the Satellite beach Lions Club

Accomplishments

  • Who's Who in America 2022

Certification

  • Certified Case Manager
  • American Heart CPR

References

References available upon request.

Timeline

Utilization Review Specialist

Aetna
2024.03 - present

Utilization Review Nurse

Cigna
2022.10 - 2024.03

Nursing Supervisor

Maximus Federal Services
2022.03 - 2022.07

RN Case Manager

Adventist Health System
2021.08 - 2022.02

Master of Science - Nursing Education

Walden University
  • Certified Case Manager
  • American Heart CPR
MARGARITA JACKSON