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This patient advocate sample job description can assist in your creating a job application that will attract job candidates who are qualified for the job. Feel free to revise this job description to meet your specific job duties and job requirements.

Description: Patient Advocate

Patient Advocate Job Purpose:
Maintains patient rights by educating patients; responding to patient and patient family complaints; resolving patient issues; reporting unresolved issues.

Patient Advocate Job Duties:

  • Presents the hospital's patient rights philosophy to patients by visiting with them; introducing them to the patient right's brochure; confirming their understanding of who to contact with questions or concerns.
  • Prevents complaints by counseling with supervisors and managers who see a problem developing; offering suggestions to resolve potential complaints; modifying practices that cause repeated complaints.
  • Documents complaints by listening to patient and patient family complaints; documenting details; determining what resolution is sought.
  • Resolves complaints by listening to patients and their families; directing them to a physician or supervisor; helping them present facts to the hospital representative; developing acceptable resolutions; following-up on outcomes.
  • Alerts legal department and administrator by documenting unresolved complaints and potential legal actions.
  • Maintains patient and family confidence by keeping complaint information confidential.
  • Improves quality results by studying, evaluating, and re-designing patient complaint processes; implementing changes.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
  • Serves and protects the hospital community by adhering to professional standards, hospital policies and procedures, federal, state, and local requirements, and jcaho standards.
  • Enhances patient advocacy and hospital reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.

Skills/Qualifications: Persuasion, Verbal Communication, Health Promotion and Maintenance, FDA Health Regulations, Building Relationships, Resolving Conflict, Coordination, Listening, Legal Compliance, Organization, Integrity

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