Physician navigator job description

The concept of a patient navigator has grown rapidly in recent times. According to the American Medical Association, a patient navigator is someone who provides personal guidance to patients as they move through the complex healthcare system. Navigators are often employed by health systems to aid patients in coordinating and integrating a particular set of care, such as cancer care, joint replacement, or stroke care. The idea is that a single person with knowledge of the health system cuts through the red tape and makes the appropriate and timely connections to coordinate and integrate care processes.

Borrowing this script, some health systems have established a physician navigator position to help a physician who is to be employed by the health system navigate the myriad complexities of human resources, physician recruiting, medical staff services, payer credentialing, and physician practice management, all of which are required to be successfully onboarded to the health system. To ensure success, you’ll need to fill the physician navigator role with the right person: A good physician navigator must be willing to learn and understand the anatomy of a health system, and he or she must be able to help new physicians navigate the nuances. This free resource is a sample job description for this innovative position.

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