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Company: VUMC
Location: Nashville, TN
Career Level: Associate
Industries: Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Biotech



Pharmacy Reimbursement Specialist


Requisition Number 2004444


JOB SUMMARY: Evaluates reimbursement of medications provided to inpatients, clinic patients and patients receiving prescriptions through the outpatient pharmacy network. Works with multidisciplinary groups to develop proper procedures and programs to maximize reimbursement. Facilitates process and system improvements to reduce the likelihood of occurrence of loss of reimbursement relating to pharmaceuticals.


  • Clarify and trend pharmaceutical denials and underpayments of the highest cost drugs and other drugs.
  • Utilizes data from finance and pharmacy systems to determine reimbursement rates for pharmaceuticals for various patient care settings.
  • Evaluates actual reimbursement compared to defined contractual reimbursement rates for specific drugs/procedures.
  • Provides trending on reimbursement and information on areas for focus to maximize reimbursement.
  • Maintains data in appropriate database to facilitate evaluation and presentation of data.
  • Evaluates data enabling the identification of trends by multiple variables.
  • Work with patient accounting, finance, contracts and pharmacy to develop strategy for improved reimbursement.
  • Utilizing data collected, defines areas for focus to maximize reimbursement and presents plan to above departments.
  • Maintains list of potential opportunities for reimbursement and contracting based on proactive review of data.
  • Works collaboratively to develop programs and procedures to maximize reimbursement of pharmaceuticals.
  • Facilitates process and system improvements to reduce the likelihood of occurrence of loss of reimbursement relating to pharmaceuticals.
  • Works with pharmacy staff and finance to evaluate reimbursement of new drugs and proposes necessary procedures to maximize reimbursement.
  • Document enhanced reimbursement from developed programs and trend success of programs.
  • Utilizing databases maintained to provide documentation to support the effectiveness of the reimbursement program. Assists with regulatory compliance related to safe medication use with program, operational, regulatory bodies (JCAHO, ASHP, state and federal regulations, Leapfrog, etc.), and institutional policies and procedures.
  • Provides written monthly update on activities and financial impact of program to enhance reimbursement.
  • Assists billing manager and documents regulatory compliance related to billing of pharmaceuticals and works to correct any variances.
  • Work with Patient Assistance Programs (PAP) to include identifying new opportunities, document receipt of funds and provide proper adjustment of patient accounting accounts.
  • Collaborates with pharmacy, finance, contracts and patient accounting to identify ongoing opportunities to expand the PAP to reduce drug cost.
  • Documents savings from the PAP and provides a monthly report trending the savings from the program.
  • Provide recommendations to pharmacy administration for input into hospital contracting for enhanced reimbursement.
  • Maintains proper resources and contacts to understand the contractual reimbursement of pharmaceuticals.
  • Maintains documentation on any issues with contractual reimbursement including the financial impact for review by pharmacy, finance and contracting.
  • Contributes to the continuing education of pharmacy on the reimbursement of pharmaceuticals and the contractual trends for reimbursement.

Department/Unit Summary:

The Department of Pharmaceutical Services provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care services to Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH), Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt (Children's Hospital), Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH) and The Vanderbilt Medical Group (VMG).

This patient-centered service is provided through the Patient Care Center organization and clinic structure. The role of the Pharmacy is to promote safe and effective medication therapy for all patients and to provide oversight and leadership of the medication use system.

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Discover Vanderbilt University Medical Center:

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.


VUMC Recent Accomplishments


Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:

  • US News & World Report: #1 Adult Hospital in Tennessee and metropolitan Nashville, named to the Best Hospitals Honor Roll of the top 20 adult hospitals, 10 nationally ranked adult specialty programs, with 3 specialties rated in the top 10 nationally, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt named as one of the Best Children's Hospital in the nation, with 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties nationally ranked.

  • Healthcare's Most Wired: Among the nation's 100 “most-wired” hospitals and health systems for its efforts in innovative medical technology.

  • Becker's Hospital Review: named as one of the “100 Great Hospitals in America”, in the roster of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs and to its list of the 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs.

  • The Leapfrog Group: One of only 10 children's hospitals in the to be named at Leapfrog Top Hospital.

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science: The School of Medicine has 112 elected fellows

  • Magnet Recognition Program: Received our third consecutive Magnet designations.

  • National Academy of Medicine: 22 members, elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding achievement

  • Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index: 6th year in a row that Vanderbilt University Medical Center was a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.



Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and 3 years Healthcare reimbursement or pharmacy finance

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

    Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:


    • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position
    • Occasional: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.
    • Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.
    • Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another
    • Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.
    • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles
    • Occasional: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.
    • Occasional: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.


    • Occasional: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.
    • Frequent: Noise: May include exposure to occupational noise levels which equal or exceed an 8-hr time-weighted average of 85 decibels, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Hearing Conservation Program which includes training, use of hearing protection, and periodic audiometry.
    • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

    Environmental Conditions

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