Overview

Accountant I (23-0172) ( 00027986 )

Organization : OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Primary Location : Texas-Austin

Work Locations : Crime Victims Comp Program 1106 Clayton Ln Suite 500 E Austin 78723

Job : Business and Financial Operations

Employee Status : Regular

Schedule : Full-time

Standard Hours Per Week : 40.00

State Job Code : 1012

Salary Admin Plan : B

Grade : 14

Salary (Pay Basis) : 2,833.34 – 2,833.34 (Monthly)

Number of Openings : 1

Overtime Status : Non-exempt

Job Posting : Oct 26, 2022, 12:20:26 PM

Closing Date: Ongoing

Description

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Performs entry-level bookkeeping and clerical work in accounting and fiscal record keeping for the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) Crime Victims Services Division. Work involves reviewing medical bills for completeness and accuracy; utilizing Uniform Statewide Accounting System (USAS) for payment processing and payment research deals directly with service providers and victims of violent crimes. OAG employees enjoy excellent benefits along with tremendous opportunities to do important work at a large, dynamic state agency making a positive difference in the lives of Texans. This position may be eligible for telework up to three days per week once trained. Employees must have a secure, dedicated workspace with
Internet service, ability to maintain a reliable consistent work schedule, and be available for weekly meetings and group collaboration via Microsoft Teams and other applications during regular business hours. Flexible work arrangements, to include flexible work schedules and/or telework, may be considered relative to business need after training.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Prepares medical bills for cost containment; reviews medical bills for accuracy and compliance with agency policies and procedures and with state and federal statutes; reviews expense
codes assigned to payment, balances financial accounting documents and records, and ensures claim limits are not exceeded
Reviews medical bills for available collateral sources of payment, including health insurance plans and gathers and reviews submitted explanation of benefits for compliance with agency
policies and procedures and with state and federal statutes
Performs Medicaid lookups to determine coverage dates and coverage type and reviews medical bills to determine Medicaid coverage for services rendered
Review Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) medical codes for the purposes of determining services billed and requesting additional information for cost containment.
Prepares written requests and performs any necessary follow-up procedures for information requests from medical providers and crime victims
Responds to routine and special inquiries from medical providers and crime victims regarding claim status and provides payment status
Corresponds with claimant and vendors; assists with researching and reconciling accounting discrepancies within the claim; and reports findings
Enters bill data information into the bill processing system necessary for automated and manual payment vouchers
Returns medical providers and victim phone calls within 24 hours, concerning payment status and bill processing; answers Medical Provider inquiries on cost containment of bills according
to state and federal regulations
Performs claim file audits
Performs related work as assigned
Maintains relevant knowledge necessary to perform essential job functions
Attends work regularly in compliance with agreed-upon work schedule
Ensures security and confidentiality of sensitive and/or protected information
Complies with all agency policies and procedures, including those pertaining to ethics and integrity

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Graduation from high school or equivalent
Education: Sixty credit hours (two years) from an accredited college or university; experience in the following (or closely related) fields may be substituted for the required education on a
year-for-year basis: accounting or high volume claims processing
Experience: using Windows software application
Skill in handling multiple tasks, prioritizing, and meeting deadlines
Skill in effective oral and written communication
Skill in exercising sound judgment and effective decision making
Ability to receive and respond positively to constructive feedback
Ability to work cooperatively with others in a professional office environment
Ability to provide excellent customer service
Ability to work in person at assigned OAG work location, perform all assigned tasks at designated OAG work space within OAG work location, and perform in-person work with coworkers
(e.g., collaborating, training, mentoring) for the entirety of every work week (unless on approved leave)
Ability to arrange for personal transportation for business-related travel
Ability to work more than 40 hours as needed and in compliance with the FLSA
Ability to lift and relocate 30 lbs.
Ability to travel (including overnight travel) up to 5%

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
Other Language: Ability to proficiently read, write, and speak Spanish

TO APPLY
To apply for a job with the OAG, submit a completed State of Texas job application through the OAG Job Postings Page. In addition, electronic applications can be submitted through either CAPPS Recruit or Work in Texas. A State of Texas application must be completed to be considered, and paper applications are not accepted. For further instructions on how to apply through the OAG Job Postings Page, see our How to Apply page. Your application for this position may subject you to a criminal background check pursuant to the Texas Government Code. Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_AccountingAuditingandFinance.pdf.

THE OAG IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER