Medical Records Technician (Coder) Inpatient

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Wallops Island, Virginia
Posted
Nov 28, 2022
Closes
Dec 06, 2022
Hours
Full Time
Duties

A Medical Records Technician (Coder) performs either inpatient or outpatient coding duties,or a combination of inpatient and outpatient coding duties. Inpatient duties consist of the performance of a comprehensive review of documentation within the health record to assign ICD codes for diagnosis, complications, co-morbid conditions, surgery, and procedures. Outpatient duties consist of the performance of a comprehensive review of documentation within the health record to accurately assign ICD codes for diagnosis and complications, and CPT codes for surgeries, procedures and evaluation, and management services. Coders directly consult with the professional staff for clarification of conflicting, incomplete or ambiguous clinical data in the health record and may also be required to abstract and sequence codes into encoder software to obtain correct diagnosis-related group (DRG). They will also enter and correct information that has been rejected, when necessary, as well as, correct any identified data errors or inconsistencies.The basic functions of this position are listed below:
  • Assign codes to documented patient care encounters (inpatient and outpatient) covering the full range of health care services provided by the VAMC.
  • Applies advanced knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, disease processes, treatment modalities, diagnostic tests, medications, procedures as well as the principles and practices of health services and the organizational structure to ensure proper code selection.
  • Selects and assigns codes from the current version of several coding systems to include current versions of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD).
  • Adheres to accepted coding practices, guidelines and conventions when choosing the most appropriate diagnosis, operation, procedure, ancillary, or Evaluation and Management code to ensure ethical, accurate and complete coding.
  • Work Schedule: Monday-Friday
    Telework: Available.
    Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
    Remote: This is remote position.
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
    Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment


    • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
    • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
    • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
    • Subject to background/security investigation.
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
    • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
    • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
    • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.
    • Physical Requirements: Light lifting under 15 pounds; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers', both hands required; walking .5 hours per day; standing .5 hours per day; specific visual requirements - 20/20 vision required for both eyes; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted).


    Qualifications

    Basic Requirements:
    • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
    • Experience: One year of creditable experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, medical coding, and the structure and format of a health record; OR,
    • Education: An associate's degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with a major field of study in health information technology/health information management, or a related degree with a minimum of 12 semester hours in health information technology/health information management (e.g., courses in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, medical coding, and introduction to health records); OR,
    • Education: Completion of an AHIMA approved coding program, or other intense coding training program of approximately one year or more that included courses in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, basic ICD diagnostic/procedural, and basic CPT coding. The training program must have led to eligibility for coding certification/certification examination, and the sponsoring academic institution must have been accredited by a national U.S. Department of Education accreditor, or comparable international accrediting authority at the time the program was completed; OR,
    • Experience/Education Combination: Equivalent combinations of creditable experience and education that qualify for meeting the basic requirements. The following educational/training substitutions are appropriate for combining education and creditable experience: (a) Six months of creditable experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology, general understanding of medical coding and the health record, and one year above high school, with a minimum of 6 semester hours of health information technology courses. (b) Successful completion of a course for medical technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or hospital training obtained in a training program given by the Armed Forces or the U.S. Maritime Service, under close medical and professional supervision, may be substituted on a month-for-month basis for up to six months of experience provided the training program included courses in anatomy, physiology, and health record techniques and procedures. Also, requires six additional months of creditable experience that is paid or non-paid employment equivalent to an MRT (Coder).
    • Certification: Applicants must have one of the following:
      • Apprentice/Associate Level Certification through AHIMA or AAPC.
      • Mastery Level Certification through AHIMA or AAPC.
      • Clinical Documentation Improvement Certifications through AHIMA or ACDIS.
    May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

    Grade Determinations:
    GS-4 Experience. None beyond basic requirements.

    GS-5 Experience. One year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level; OR,
    Education. Successful completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, with a major field of study in health information management, or a related degree with a minimum of 24 semester hours in health information management or technology.
    Demonstrated KSA's. In addition to the education/experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following:
    • Ability to use health information technology and various office software products used in MRT (Coder) positions (e.g., the electronic health record, coding and abstracting software, etc.).
    • Ability to navigate through and abstract pertinent information from health records.
    • Knowledge of the ICD CM, PCS Official Conventions and Guidelines for Coding and Reporting.
    • Ability to apply knowledge of medical terminology, human anatomy/physiology, and disease processes to accurately assign codes to inpatient records based on health record documentation.
    • Knowledge of The Joint Commission requirements, CMS, and/or health record documentation guidelines.
    • Ability to manage priorities and coordinate work to complete duties within required timeframes, and the ability to follow-up on pending issues.
    GS-6 Experience. One year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
    Demonstrated KSA's. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following:
    • Ability to analyze the health record to identify all pertinent diagnoses and procedures for coding and to evaluate the adequacy of the documentation.
    • Ability to determine whether health records contain sufficient information for regulatory requirements, are acceptable as legal documents, are adequate for continuity of patient care, and support the assigned codes. This includes the ability to take appropriate actions if health record contents are not complete, accurate, timely, and/or reliable.
    • Ability to apply laws and regulations on the confidentiality of health information (e.g., Privacy Act, Freedom of Information Act, and HIPAA).
    • Ability to accurately apply the ICD CM, PCS Official Conventions and Guidelines for Coding and Reporting to various coding scenarios.
    • Comprehensive knowledge of current classification systems, such as ICD CM and PCS, CPT, and HCPCS, and skill in applying classifications to inpatient records based on health record documentation.
    • Knowledge of complication or comorbidity/major complication or comorbidity(CC/MCC) and POA indicators to obtain correct MS-DRG.
    GS-7 Experience. One year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
    Demonstrated KSA's. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following:
    • Skill in applying current coding classifications to a variety of inpatient specialty care areas to accurately reflect service and care provided based on documentation in the health record.
    • Ability to communicate with clinical staff for specific coding and documentation issues, such as recording diagnoses and procedures, the correct sequencing of diagnoses and/or procedures, and the relationship between health record documentation and code assignment.
    • Ability to research and solve coding and documentation related issues.
    • Skill in reviewing and correcting system or processing errors and ensuring all assigned work is complete.
    • Ability to abstract, assign, and sequence codes, including complication or comorbidity/major complication or comorbidity (CC/MCC), and POA indicators to obtain correct MS-DRG.
    GS-8 Experience. One year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
    Demonstrated KSA's. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following:
    • Ability to analyze the health record to identify all pertinent diagnoses and procedures for inpatient coding and to evaluate the adequacy of the documentation. This includes the ability to read and understand the content of the health record, the terminology, the significance of the findings, and the disease process/pathophysiology of the patient.
    • Ability to accurately perform the full scope of inpatient coding, including discharges, surgical cases, diagnostic studies and procedures, and inpatient professional services.
    • Skill in interpreting and adapting health information guidelines that are not completely applicable to the work, or have gaps in specificity, and the ability to use judgment in completing assignments using incomplete or inadequate guidelines.
    References: VA Handbook 5005/122, Part II, Appendix G57The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-04 to GS-08.

    Education

    IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

    Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

    Additional information

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

    VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

    Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

    Due to COVID-19, VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .