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Addiction Medicine Nurse Liaison- UPMC Mercy

  • Job ID: 751866514
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC Mercy
  • Department: Detox
  • Location: 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $28.33 to $47.73 / hour


Assesses patient placement and resource needs as they relate to substance abuse concerns. Needs assessments will be carried out in an interdisciplinary approach. The Detox Coordinator will work with the multi-disciplinary team in resource management, discharge planning, and care facilitation to coordinate quality aftercare planning efforts. The Detox Coordinator promotes facility census requirements through calibrated discharge and transfer planning of hospital inpatients with substance abuse treatment needs. The Detox Coordinator supports the addiction medicine service line by serving as a resource for frontline staff throughout the inpatient medical and detoxification settings, emergency department, and primary outpatient services.



  • Develop and maintain knowledge of the inpatient substance abuse treatment programs and services within UPMC and the community.
  • Attend meetings and designated training sessions to maintain current knowledge of all payer and regulatory requirements, UPMC detox, DDAP policies and procedures, and community resources.
  • Ensures compliance with all payer and government regulations.
  • Conduct on-site assessments using approved ASAM criteria to recommend appropriateness and eligibility for a specific level of care (LOC)
  • Completes all required Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) trainings within One (1) year of Hire including the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria Training modules and Confidentiality Workshops.
  • Work in collaboration with necessary departments and service lines to obtain necessary documentation to support referral suggestions and to augment peer to peer review.
  • Work with UPMC staff to facilitate a seamless transition for patients and families to a designated level of care Addresses complex clinical and social situations efficiently to avoid unnecessary delays in discharge or transfer from acute care.
  • Complete documentation and paperwork related to patient placement accurately and within acceptable time frame, including insurance precertification.
  • Review patient records and obtain any relevant patient information, assessing for patient appropriateness and medical stability, to facilitate a timely admission and transfer to an appropriate LOC
  • Provide education about services, facilities, and resources of UPMC for patients and their families, physicians, case managers, social workers, and others
  • Make census development contacts with other referral sources and send daily briefings surrounding capacity data to relevant parties.
  • Maintain accurate daily logs of patients referred and complete monthly status reports within designated time frames
  • Coordinate and communicate patient information via fax or electronic means to an appropriate intake person at accepting facility while maintaining confidentiality and privacy in compliance with HIPPA and DDAP guidelines.
  • Assist in pre-admission care planning. Assure a safe continuum of care and making recommendations regarding cost effective and appropriate admission orders.
  • Serves as a role model of excellent customer service. Initiate and participate in performance improvement initiatives
  • Solicit feedback from UPMC addiction medicine management, case management leadership, education, physician partners, and social work services regarding the UPMC Mercy addiction medicine services and make recommendations for service improvement.
  • Collaborates with programmatic specialist to develop improvement initiatives on a house-wide and/or microsystems level.



  • Graduate of accredited school of professional nursing.
  • BSN or UPMC approved certification in Addiction Medicine required within one year of hire.
  • One (1) year previous experience in a substance abuse treatment/level of care required.
  • Experience in Marketing preferred.
  • Strong computer skills and the ability to work independently, multi-task and problem-solve.
  • Knowledge of various health insurance policies.
  • Professional oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external referral sources.
  • Ability to market the UPMC Addiction Medicine services and programs to interested internal and external referral sources.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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