Physician advisor/physician reviewer
AFMC is expanding its Medicaid peer review services, and we need your expertise. We’re looking for periodic physician reviewers in all specialties, especially cardiovascular surgery, psychology, orthopedics and oncology/hematology. Work at home on your own schedule and help make Arkansas’ health care system the best it can be. You determine the amount of time you want to spend on reviews — contact us to discuss remuneration. We offer fair compensation — and value your participation.
Reviewers are needed for:
- Prior authorization of surgical procedures, children’s services, durable medical equipment and hyperalimentation
- Review of inpatient services
- Review of emergency services
- Transplant review
- Medical degree, state license and clinical experience in your specialty
- Commitment to health care quality, service and integrity
- Membership in AFMC
How reviews work
Many potential reviewers are unsure how the review process works. While there is a learning curve involved with using the review software, the reviews themselves tend to be straightforward. Here is an example of a review that an AFMC physician reviewer has handled in the past: “A 5-year-old child was admitted with symptoms of nausea and vomiting for 24 hours. Vital signs were normal, and abdominal exam was reported as ‘soft, with no specific tenderness.’ Mucous membranes were dry, but skin turgor was good. BUN was 25, electrolytes were normal.” Was acute care admission necessary for this child, or could a stay of less than 24 hours have been anticipated at the time of admission, allowing the care to be provided in an observation setting?
“The patient had only minimal dehydration findings at the time of admission, with no indication of serious infection or an acute abdominal process. A stay of less than 24 hours should have been anticipated at the time of admission. Therefore, the observation setting should have been used to provide initial care. The patient was adequately improved by the next morning to allow discharge to outpatient management within a 24-hour period. Thus, this admission to acute care was not necessary and should be denied.”
Join AFMC’s membership, study the manual and take the physician advisor test to get started.
To find out more, call Sally Johnson at 479-573-7632 or use the contact form below.