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UnitedHealth Group Medical Specialty Dietician - Worcester, MA in Worcester, Massachusetts

Opportunities with Reliant Medical Group, part of the Optum family of businesses. Join a community-based, multi-specialty, physician-led organization where you will work with talented peers on a common purpose: improving the quality, cost and experience of health care. Here, we focus on delivering the best patient care, rather than volume. Through innovation and superior care management, we support patients and your well-being as a team member. Join a team at the forefront of value-based care and discover the meaning behind Caring. Connecting. Growing together.

Position in this function is responsible for maintaining telephonic contact with patients. Answers patient calls, acts as liaison between patient and members of the health care system. Participates in the continuous improvement of the program

Position in this function is responsible for the provision and coordination of nutritional care of patients. Evaluates and interprets current nutrition research and disseminates this information to patients, support staff and healthcare providers. Develops and conducts nutrition education programs for patients, staff, community organizations and the local business community.

Location: Hybrid - This individual will consult with patients in person and telephonically

Schedule: Part Time it is 24 hours a week

Specialty: Oncology, Orthopedics, and Gestational Diabetes

If you are located in Worcester, MA you will have the flexibility to Work from home and the office in this hybrid role* as you take on some tough challenges.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Performs age appropriate nutrition assessments, evaluation and education for patient base seeking services from Reliant Medical Group

  • Demonstrates proficiency in age/condition specific appropriate nutrition history taking including presenting condition, past medical/nutritional history

  • Performs assessment of client’s readiness for change and adjusts education goals as appropriate

  • Requests lab studies when indicated

  • Discriminates between normal and abnormal lab findings in order to develop nutrition education plan

  • Establishes age appropriate plan of nutrition care related to patient’s identified problem, including medication, nutrition history, education level and socioeconomic status, etc

  • Consults with other health care team members regarding nutrition care plan as necessary

  • Implements plan in safe and effective manner

  • Utilizes sound judgement in the establishment of priorities in patient’s care and management

  • Documents visit in concise, clear, logical manner to support quality care and billing requirements

  • Evaluates need and/or time for follow-up

  • Recommends appropriate referrals when necessary

  • Evaluates effectiveness of previously implemented nutrition education/treatment

  • Develops and provides educational materials and/or programs to patients, families, healthcare professionals in the Reliant Medical Group Healthcare System

  • Interprets current nutrition research for patients and healthcare staff. Maintains professional certification as appropriate

  • Communicates effectively with all members of the healthcare team and their customers Demonstrates effective teaching skills

  • Accepts responsibility for minimizing risk management

  • Educates patients and staff regarding drug-nutrient interaction

  • Alerts appropriate medical staff of need for immediate intervention of high-risk patients

  • Initiates and coordinates team meeting for high-risk patients

  • Enhances professional growth and self-development through participation in professional activities, educational programs, current literature review, in-service program, and workshops

  • Participates in defining nutrition standards, practices and educational needs of staff who care for the patient population

  • Participates in nutrition research as opportunity arises

  • Serves on appropriate healthcare system committees. Attends and actively participates in meetings

  • Education Specialist staff meetings and general department staff meeting

  • Participates in research studies to evaluate effectiveness of nutrition intervention on health outcomes

  • Develops and conducts continuing education programs for healthcare providers

You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:

  • Current LDN status with MA licensing board

  • Active R.D., L.D. status with American Dietic Association

  • 3+ years of progressive nutrition educator experience in a health care facility or company

  • 3+ years of skills and experience in a medical environment and/or administering nutritional services.

  • Proven experience in developing and conducting group nutrition education programs

  • Solid interpersonal skills, including the ability to explain information clearly

  • Demonstrated team approach to work and experience partnering with other clinicians in providing care.

  • Physical health sufficient to meet the ergonomic standards and demands of the position

  • Proficient in MS office applications, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S in Nutrition

  • Expertise in Eating Disorders

  • Solid interpersonal skills, including the ability to explain information clearly

  • Ability to work independently and also demonstrated team approach to partner with other clinicians in providing care

*All employees working remotely will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy.

At UnitedHealth Group, our mission is to help people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone. We believe everyone–of every race, gender, sexuality, age, location and income–deserves the opportunity to live their healthiest life. Today, however, there are still far too many barriers to good health which are disproportionately experienced by people of color, historically marginalized groups and those with lower incomes. We are committed to mitigating our impact on the environment and enabling and delivering equitable care that addresses health disparities and improves health outcomes — an enterprise priority reflected in our mission .

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: OptumCare is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

OptumCare is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.