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University of Utah Health Utilization Review Nurse in Salt Lake City, Utah



  • This position is responsible for maintaining the financial integrity of both the patient and the organization through the provision of quality based patient care focusing on the medical necessity and efficiency of the delivery of such care; achieved via managing the cost of care while providing timely and accurate information to third party payers and medical care team.

  • This position may be required to access and administer medications within their scope of practice and according to state law.

Required Qualifications:

  • One year Utilization Review or Case Management experience.

Corporate Overview: The University of Utah is a Level 1 Trauma Center and is nationally ranked and recognized for our academic research, quality standards and overall patient experience. Our five hospitals and eleven clinics provide excellence in our comprehensive services, medical advancement, and overall patient outcomes.

How to Apply:

  • Submit your application online

  • Upload most recent updated resume with work history and experience, please include Month and Year in formatting.

We are University of Utah Health. As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA


  • Applies approved utilization criteria to monitor appropriateness of admissions with associated levels of care and continued stay review.

  • Communication to third-party payers for initial and concurrent clinical review.

  • Reviews patient chart to ensure patient continues to meet medical necessity.

  • Documentation of all actions and information shared with care team members or third-party payer.

  • Alerts and discusses with physician/provider and case manager/discharge planner when patient no longer meets medical necessity criteria for the inpatient stay.

  • Discusses with physicians the appropriateness of resource utilization.

  • Tracks length of stay (LOS) and resource utilization to identify at risk patients.

  • Refers to UR committee any case that surpasses expected LOS, expected cost, or over/under-utilization of resources.

  • Performs verbal/fax clinical review with payer as determined by nursing judgment and/or collaboration with the payer per university contractual obligation.

  • Participant in UR Committee as needed.

  • Collects data on variances in LOS, avoidable days, costs/barriers to discharge/transition and denied days.

  • Prepares appeals on denied cases when appropriate.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.

  • Demonstrated team leadership, relationship building, critical analysis, and written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of payers, payer systems, cost effective utilization management and InterQual criteria.

  • The ability to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.

  • Ability to work autonomously and as a team member.


Qualifications Required

  • One year Utilization Review or Case Management experience.

Licenses Required

  • Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Utah, or obtain one within 90 days of hire under the interstate compact if switching residency to State of Utah. Must maintain current Interstate Compact (multi-state) license if residency is not being changed to Utah.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Qualifications (Preferred)


  • Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card.

  • Proficiency in application of InterQual Criteria, knowledge of ICD-9, DRG's and CPT Codes.

  • Utilization Review Certification designation.

  • Knowledge of CMS Regulations.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This is a sedentary position in an office setting that may exert up to 10 pounds and may lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. This position involves sitting most of the time and is not exposed to adverse environmental conditions. This position does not provide care to patients.

Physical Requirements

Listening, Manual Dexterity, Sitting, Speaking, Standing

Multi-lingual Candidates Welcomed

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EEO Statement

University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics, a part of The University of Utah, values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics, a part of The University of Utah, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran's status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources office at 801-581-6500.If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Sherrie Hayashi

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources at (801) 581-6500 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources at (801) 581-6500 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Requisition Number 65985

Reg/Temp Regular

Employment Type PRN

Shift Day

Work Schedule Variable; PRN

Location Name 525 Plaza

Workplace Set Up Hybrid

City Salt Lake City

State UT

Department UUH CST 27N Utilization Review

Category Nursing