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Galileo Search Published: December 20, 2022


Assistant Director of Patient Access | Not-for-Profit Hospital System | Southeastern U.S.

Competitive Compensation | Superb Benefits Program | Relocation Assistance

The Assistant Director of Patient Access is responsible for administering, coordinating, and reviewing the performance of patient access functions across assigned departments and organizations, including pre-registration, insurance verification, prior authorization, financial clearance, financial counseling, and registration for hospital services. We are seeking a strategic-minded leader with an aptitude for identifying and implementing new and emerging strategies to increase efficiency, improve processes, and enhance the patient experience.

This highly regarded not-for-profit healthcare organization has an established, employee-centric leadership team from the C-suite down.

Located in the heart of the South, listed as one of the ‘Top 25 U.S. Places for Low Cost of Living.’ The city is filled with historical landmarks, performing arts centers, sporting activities, world-class shopping, and a diverse foodie/dining scene to keep even the most active resident fully engaged. With affordable home prices, lower national average taxes, and a more economical cost of living, this is a great location for improving your quality of life. Homes also cost lower than the national average, and this state has some of the lowest property tax rates in the nation.

The area offers colorful autumns, pleasant springs, balmy summers, and mild winters. It has excellent proximity to the beach and the mountains. Snow and ice are rare, and the average low temperatures are above freezing even in the coldest months.


Southeastern U.S.


• Reports to a highly supportive and collaborative Director of Patient Access
• Staff oversight includes 65 FTEs that includes 3 Managers, and an Assistant Manager
• High visibility role with senior management, physicians, and staff at all levels
• Oversees ED registration, main admitting & financial counselors, and guest services
• 4 points of entry and approximately 150,000 registration per year
• Works collaboratively with facility leaders to develop Patient Access plans and improvement processes
• Forecasts, plans, and establishes goals and objectives for the department consistent with the overall goals of the healthcare system
• Serves as the ambassador/liaison for patients, managers, directors, administration, and corporate leaders
• Manages all responsible areas to ensure efficiency, accountability, high-quality service, and positive outcomes
• Reviews patient satisfaction results and makes recommendations for improvement in performance and results
• Assumes a lead role in innovation and knowledge sharing and leading practices identification within Patient Access and Revenue Cycle
• Responsibilities include monitoring key performance indicators and recommending changes and improvement plans to provide the highest quality of registration and patient experience
• Utilizes leadership development skills to hire exceptional staff and works diligently toward staff retention
• Supports staff by providing the highest quality of instruction and education for patient access processes
• Serves as a subject matter expert for patient access processes and information technology
• Drives the deployment and implementation of new Patient Access strategies, processes, or technologies related explicitly to staffing efficiency and patient experience
• Ensures supervisory knowledge of maintaining policies and procedures in compliance with state and federal regulatory agency’s standards and The Joint Commission guidelines
• Informs the Director of Patient Access in a timely manner of any unusual concerns, situations, or conditions relative to staff, patients, families, or physicians
• Initiates and participates in the preparation and monitoring of department expense budgets
• Completes other special projects as assigned


• Bachelors degree required
• CHAM (Certified Healthcare Access Manager) or CHAA (Certified Healthcare Access Associate) is a plus
• Minimum 5 years of comparable patient access leadership experience
• Our ideal candidate will understand insurance coverage, medical coverage, medical charges, managed care authorizations/denials, Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare HMOs, Blue Cross, United Health Care, Humana, Cigna, etc.
• Outstanding communication skills, diplomacy, good listening capability, strong analytical and problem-solving ability
• Well-organized and disciplined, with the ability to manage multiple and changing priorities efficiently
• Technology and system savvy with an excellent understanding of processes, systems, and databases (Cerner and Star Financials software experience a plus)
• Projects competence, credibility, and professionalism
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of hospital staff
• Departmental staff development, team building, and mentoring

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