Patient Service Specialist

Cleveland Clinic

Join Cleveland Clinics South Pointe Hospital where research and surgery are advanced, technology is leading-edge, patient care is world-class, and caregivers are family. This community-based teaching hospital is a prominent figure in the communities in and around Cuyahoga County known for its quality patient-centered care and active participation in community programs, events, and volunteer activities. Here, you will work alongside passionate and dedicated caregivers, receive endless support and appreciation, and build a rewarding career with one of the most respected healthcare organizations in the world.

As a Patient Service Specialist, you will provide comprehensive, proactive and Patient First customer service to our patients and visitors through the entirety of their visit. Patient Service Specialists manage a wide variety of patient requests including appointment scheduling, patient registration, wayfinding and other general questions. Its vital that our Patient Service Specialists make positive first impressions on patients and visitors, ensure stellar and efficient patient experiences, reduce financial loss and ensure compliance.

The ideal future caregiver is someone who:

Has customer service experience.

Is reliable, resilient, friendly and flexible.

Effectively multi-tasks.

Demonstrates excellent communication, customer service and interpersonal skills.

This is an excellent opportunity to discover Cleveland Clinic and make meaningful differences in the lives of others while building a rewarding career. This position also offers the opportunity to advance your career into other roles, such as Patient Access Coordinator and Office Coordinator, within Cleveland Clinic.

At Cleveland Clinic, we know what matters most. Thats why we treat our caregivers as if they are our own family, and we are always creating ways to be there for you. Here, youll find that we offer: resources to learn and grow, a fulfilling career for everyone, and comprehensive benefits that invest in your health, your physical and mental well-being and your future. When you join Cleveland Clinic, youll be part of a supportive caregiver family that will be united in shared values and purpose to fulfill our promise of being the best place to receive care and the best place to work in healthcare.

Job Responsibilities:

Professionally investigates, triages, and resolves patient issues using the established HEART Model, ensuring patients visit is an outstanding experience. Proactively assists patients to minimize patient issues.

Creates a welcoming and professional environment for our patients and visitors by demonstrating exceptional customer service based upon the expected service behaviors included in Cleveland Clinics START with Heart model.

Proactively manages needs of patients and visitors in our waiting areas, seeking opportunities to interact with patients by actively greeting patients when appropriate, resolving patient issues and providing service recovery.

Performs patient registration, pre-visit, insurance verification, scheduling, arrival desk and/or departure desk activities according to standards and guidelines ensuring accuracy and an outstanding patient experience.

Performs point of service activities: visit preparation, co-pay collection, patient tracking and record tracking ensuring accuracy and an outstanding patient experience.

Facilitates billing functions, accurately meeting compliance and organizational quality and productivity standards.

Enters and maintains confidential and accurate patient information including patient insurance, billing, and payment information.

Encourages patient utilization of front-end technology, provides guidance, encouragement, education and hands-on training.

Supports front-end technology utilization to promote understanding and comfort level in use by caregivers and providers.

Recruits, enrolls, and educates patients on MyChart and Appointment Pass impacting utilization rates and enhancing the patient experience.

Processes the workflow for the day.

Supports and participates in process improvement efforts.

Performs telephone triage.

Follows standards and guidelines for telephones etiquette and service when interacting with patients over the phone.

Generates staff provider reschedules.

Relays staff messaging.

Performs screening and scheduling of interpreter services.

Effectively collaborates and communicates with clinical staff, i.e. providers, nurses and other support staff.

Supports and adheres to compliance policies and procedures.

May participate on committees and have a role in other Institute initiatives.

May participate in patient outreach activities such as proactive patient calls to assist with health maintenance and care compliance.

Other duties as assigned.


High School Diploma or GED required.


None required.

Complexity of Work:

Ability to perform basic math sufficient to process insurance co-pays.

Working knowledge of PC window applications sufficient to input and retrieve data.

Ability to partner with others as needed to trouble shoot and resolve general technology issues

Ability to type a minimum of 30 words per minute (assessed at time of application) or demonstrable personal computer keyboard skills is preferred.

Knowledge of medical terminology preferred

A desire and commitment to provide the highest level of satisfaction in quality service, caring and compassion to patients, their families and visitors.

Excellent communication and organizational skills are essential in order to successfully communicate with a diverse patient population and workforce.

High level of customer service experience, exemplary interpersonal skills and ability to interact with patients and families in a wide variety of sensitive situations.

Interest in learning new technology and troubling shooting to resolve minor technical issues.

Easily adapts to changing technology, policies, procedures and processes.

Demonstrated interest in process improvement or adopting new processes and or technology.

Demonstrated ability to understand and interpret medical insurance information.

Critical thinking, decisive judgment, and ability to work independently with minimal supervision in an often hectic environment.

Demonstrated independent thinking and problem-solving skills, ability to exercise judgment to triage issues and concerns.

Demonstrated ability to switch from one task to another successfully in a fast-paced, ever changing environment.

Work Experience:

Minimum two years of patient registration, appointment scheduling, insurance processing or customer service/concierge experience.

Demonstrated experience in providing exceptional customer services and conflict resolution.

Associates Degree may substitute for one year of experience.

Bachelors Degree may substitute for the experience requirement.

Physical Requirements:

Dexterity sufficient to operate a PC and other office equipment.

Requires extended periods of standing, walking or sitting.

Good visual acuity through normal or corrected vision.

Must be able to navigate various locations and function in a fast-paced, hectic environment.

Ability to lift and transport up to 25 pounds.

Personal Protective Equipment:

Follows standard precautions using personal protective equipment as required.

Salaries [which may be] shown on independent job search websites reflect various market averages and do not represent information obtained directly from The Cleveland Clinic. Because we value each individual candidate, we invite and encourage each candidate to discuss salary/hourly specifics during the application and hiring process.

Cleveland Clinic Health System is pleased to be an equal employment employer: Women / Minorities / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities