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Grievances and Appeals Specialist



Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2023
Papa is a new kind of care, built on human connection. Across the country, health plans and employers look to Papa to provide vital social support by pairing older adults and families with Papa Pals, trained and vetted companions, who provide a helping hand and an open ear, resulting in less loneliness and better health.
Founded in 2017 and headquartered in Miami, Papa is backed by Canaan, Tiger Global Management, Comcast Ventures, SoftBank Vision Fund 2, TCG, Initialized Capital, and Seven Seven Six, among other revered institutional and individual investors. We envision a world where no one has to go it alone. Learn more at Papa.com.
Papa is an equal opportunity employer. We proudly support the ParityPledge® for gender and racial parity at the highest levels of business.
About the Role:
The Grievances and Appeals Specialist is a critical function of our Compliance team. Within this role, the candidate will be responsible for ensuring the safety, integrity and trust within our platform, our members and health plans. This is a challenging role with serious impact to all stakeholders. You will need strong analytical skills and the ability to effectively interact with other departments and across multiple people. As a Member Support Specialist you will be responsible for analyzing, timely processing, documenting and resolving expressions of dissatisfactions/disputes submitted via multiple avenues. The ideal candidate will have impeccable communication skills, sound judgment, critical thinking and problem solving skills to appropriately assess risk while at the same time demonstrating compassion and empathy. The Member Support Specialist will also need to be a team player with a keen eye for detail. You will need to be able to work independently, following processes and procedures.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Intake and management of complex complaints from senior citizens from multiple categories including safety.
  • Inbound and outbound outreach to fully investigate, analyze and document information for each case as needed.
  • Report and respond to investigations and information requested in a professional, timely, accurate, and caring manner while consistently meeting guidelines.
  • Maintain a caseload of escalations (varying degrees of severity) to ensure a thorough investigation occurred, documentation is complete, and proper written communication has been finalized.
  • Coordinates additional follow up outreach as needed to conclude an investigation and will ensure appropriate departmental communication with managers.
  • Meet compliance standards for complaints, including but not limited to, monitoring internal and client-established SLAs, facilitating adequate descriptions of complaints and their factual background information, and delivering information to affected parties.
  • Identify risks and escalate to proper channels in a timely manner.
  • Cross-collaboration on problems, remediation strategies, and root cause analysis.
  • Demonstrates appropriate customer-care skills such as empathy, active listening, courtesy, politeness, helpfulness, and other skills as identified.
  • Identify any action items needed for dispute resolution while preparing written documentation for follow-up or due diligence.
  • Multitasking on different research cases while operating several applications (including but not limited to) G-Suite and Microsoft excel/Google Sheets and JIRA.
  • Other operational duties as assigned.


  • College Degree preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and an ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds displaying compassion, empathy and understanding.
  • Fully bilingual in Spanish

Preferred Skills:

  • 1-3 years of industry related experience in healthcare compliance, operations, customer service, quality, or applicable experience in healthcare, law enforcement and/or claims adjuster.
  • 1 year of Grievance and appeals experienced preferred
  • Medicare and Health Insurance knowledge is a plus
  • Friendly, reliable, enthusiastic, and social personality in order to provide superior customer service.
  • Self motivated, highly attentive to detail, and able to demonstrate sound judgment and critical thinking.
  • Comfortability making telephone calls to different parties including customers, contracted employees, or third parties such as witnesses or relevant entities such law enforcement.
  • Non-hierarchical, with a willingness to roll-up your sleeves, multitask and dive into details.
  • Independent and able to make decisions in the absence of direct supervision.
  • Proficient in Excel, Google Sheets, Zendesk and JIRA.
  • Ability to work under pressure and within time constraints – excellent time management and prioritization skills are needed.
  • Ability to analyze and work with ambiguous situations.
  • Knowledge of Looker is a plus.
  • Flexible work schedule to work occasional nights and weekends as/if needed.
Papa, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We proudly support the ParityPledge® for gender and/or racial parity at the highest levels of business.
Papa’s culture is People-first. While we have an incredible team of hard working Papa people, at the end of the day, our company is really about family and community – and we celebrate that among our employees. We encourage everyone to truly bring their whole authentic selves to work. To be transparent. To be non-hierarchical. And, above all, to be a really good person.
We see ourselves as a place where every Papa employee feels they belong, a place where careers flourish, a place that brings back purpose and joy to work, a culture where visionaries/entrepreneurs are developed.
Papa’s mission is at the core of our total rewards philosophy wherein we attract and retain high potential talent aligned with our journey. We offer gender neutral and inclusive parental leave policies that offer up to 16 weeks of 100% paid parental leave. We immensely value the benefits of a flexible workplace, while designing remote-first principles we ensured that Papa people feel psychologically safe about their career interests while being remote.
Beyond benefits: We want to take care of the whole employee and their families. To stay true to this commitment, we offer family care leave in addition to a generous paid time off policy, 401(k) match up to 4%; family forming support through access to Carrot; emotional health support tools through our medical plans such as Ginger, Happify ; access to women’s leadership network CHIEF to our senior women leaders and a host of events through a monthly culture calendar that enable emotional connectedness in a remote work environment.