Transition to Seasonal Work!
As Nurses approach the end of their careers, or even have life changes that require more flexibility and less commitment to a full-time job, turning to seasonal work can be a great move! Below I will provide some potential paths for Nurses to consider if looking to pursue a seasonal job.
HEDIS seasonal work- HEDIS is an acronym for Healthcare Effectiveness Data and information set. It is a widely used set of performance measures within managed care. HEDIS is a comprehensive set of standardized performance measures designed to provide purchasers and consumers with the information they need for health plan performance comparison. Hiring for HEDIS season begins in December and the assignments run from mid-January to early May. Depending on the health plan or third party HEDIS quality performance firm, there can be opportunities for part-time roles (20-25 hours per week) as well! Many HEDIS roles are remote with flexible hours, so if you are looking to move away from a set 8-hour shift, this could be the perfect position.
How to get HEDIS experience: many companies are willing to train Nurses with extensive acute care experience on the measures and put them in an abstraction role to start off. This is a lower level HEDIS role, but after receiving the training and experience for one season, we see many Nurses move into a Quality or Senior reviewer role the following season! In addition, it is very common for high performing Nurses to be invited back for the project the following year, and in some cases, we’ve seen Nurses work for the same plan 5+ HEDIS seasons in a row. Working from home isn’t for everyone though, so if you are a Nurse that prefers to work in an office, there are plenty of HEDIS opportunities that are office based or even field based!
Another seasonal job path is a move to Medical coding! This path will require a Nurse to receive a coding certification, but with a strong Nursing background it will be very easy to learn the codes. In-patient, out-patient, or HCC coding is a growing industry and it will only continue to grow. There are a lot of online courses available to prepare for a coding certification.
We highly suggest searching AHIMA or AAPC’s website for verified courses and additional information on testing to become a certified coder. Once certified as a coder the seasonal opportunities are limitless and, in many cases, we see coders working multiple remote jobs simultaneously. There are opportunities for remote coding with hospitals, health plans, and risk adjustment organizations. Each healthcare vertical has different busy periods so the more flexible you are as a coder the more opportunity there will be for assignments. For example, working for a risk adjustment firm can be a full-time job 8 months out of the year as they are busy for 3-4 months with HEDIS coding, then a month or two furlough, followed by 3-4 months of PIA coding.
Both seasonal paths offer Nurses a lot of opportunity to continue working while moving to a more relaxed schedule and work environment. Medical coding and HEDIS provide Nurses with the opportunity to stay within the healthcare industry and use the experience gained from reviewing medical records. Lastly, seasonal work can be used as a 2nd income option as well. If you are working a 3x 12-hour shifts and have multiple days off, a part-time seasonal position can be a great way to bring in some additional income!
Pride Health offers a large array of seasonal positions, so if this sounds like an interesting opportunity for you, please do not hesitate to reach out to a Pride Health recruiter.