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Authorization Technician II

Job Category:  Clinical
Department:  Utilization Management

Los Angeles, CA, US, 90017

Position Type:  Full Time
Requisition ID:  9269

Salary Range:  $47,840.00 (Min.) - $53,642.00 (Mid.) - $68,474.00 (Max.)


Established in 1997, L.A. Care Health Plan is an independent public agency created by the state of California to provide health coverage to low-income Los Angeles County residents. We are the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan. Serving more than 2 million members in five health plans, we make sure our members get the right care at the right place at the right time.

Mission: L.A. Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care for Los Angeles County's vulnerable and low-income communities and residents and to support the safety net required to achieve that purpose.

As a condition of employment, L.A. Care requires a COVID-19 vaccine. This requirement includes our remote workforce. If you would like to request an exemption, L.A. Care has implemented a process to consider exemptions for documented medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs. L.A. Care will review all exemption requests prior to proceeding with the recruitment process.

Job Summary

The Authorization Technician II supports the Utilization Management (UM) Specialist by handling all administrative and technical functions of the authorization process including intake, logging, tracking and status follow-up.


The Authorization Technician II collects information required by clinical staff to render decisions, assists the Manager and Director of the Utilization Management department in meeting regulatory time lines by maintaining an accurate database inventory of referral authorizations, retrospective reviews, concurrent reviews and grievance/appeal requests, and prepares UM Activity and Weekly Compliance Reports.


In addition, the position performs data entry and processing of referrals/authorizations in the system,  authorizes request consistent with auto authorization criteria, maintains confidentiality when communicating member information, and assists with the communication of determinations by preparing template letters for members/ providers, with other duties as assigned.


Functional Elements: Technical Support to UM Specialist: Processing of time sensitive authorization and pre-certification requests to meet department timeframes and regulatory requirements; Computer Input: Accurately and completely processing referrals/authorizations in the MHC system and distributing a complete file to UM Specialist within 2 hours of receipt; Identify duplicate requests using the claims and CSIM system to verify existing authorization. Independently identifying and appropriately returning to claims or member services any file that is a duplicate to one already processed in the system; Appropriately documenting what information was used in making this determination within 4 hours of receipt. Appropriate identification and timely notification of time sensitive requests; Appropriately identifying for the staff which you support, request that are priority based on date of receipt and established TAT criteria for compliance. Accurate Filing/Maintenance of confidential member information. Creating secure, complete, files. Interface with members, medical personnel and other internal and external agencies; Ensure that all comply with L.A. Care requirements such as submitting requested information in a timely manner and using the approved Authorization Request form with complete medical information i.e.: DX codes, CPT, HCPC codes. (35%)

Assist in the preparation of communication for authorization determinations, including, but not limited to preparing template letters for members and providers (authorization approval, denial, deferral, modification and pay/education). (30%)

Assist in the technical aspects of the retrospective review process for authorizations and Member or Provider Appeals, including, but not limited to computer data entry, logging, copying, preparing of template letters for communication of appeal determinations to members, providers and partners(appeal uphold or overturn) and filing: Set up GNA files for  review, log and keep track all due dates for each file. Inform nurses of a new case received from Grievance and Appeals Specialist.; Submit all Grievances and Appeals response letters to Grievances Specialist on daily basis. (20%)

Support UM Committee and Audit activity via Department performance reporting. Assure the accuracy of reports concerning inventory and department proficiency in maintaining regulatory standards and time frames. (5%)

Perform other duties as assigned. (10%)


Duties Continued

Education Required

High School Diploma/or High School Equivalency Certificate

Education Preferred


At least 0-6 months of experience in Medi-Cal managed care authorization processes and/or as a Medical Assistant.


Demonstrated proficiency in Medical Terminology required.

Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.

Excellent organizational, interpersonal and time management skills. 

Must be detail-oriented and an enthusiastic team player.


Knowledge of MHC and/or CSIIM computer systems a plus.

Licenses/Certifications Required

Licenses/Certifications Preferred

Medical Coding Certification

Required Training

Additional Information

Salary Range Disclaimer: The expected pay range is based on many factors such as geography, experience, education, and the market.  The range is subject to change.


L.A. Care offers a wide range of benefits including

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Retirement Plans
  • Medical, Dental and Vision
  • Wellness Program
  • Volunteer Time Off (VTO)


At L.A. Care, we value our team members’ safety. In order to keep our work locations safe, each employee is required to self-screen for symptoms prior to entering any L.A. Care location each day. L.A. Care and all of its staff are required to comply with all state and local masking orders. Therefore, when on-site at any L.A. Care location, it's expected that all employees wear a mask in areas where physical distancing cannot be managed.

Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles

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