Medical Records Technician (Auditor)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1941076
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If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.
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VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. (For more information go to ) or contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
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This position is covered by AFGE bargaining unit. Per the AFGE Master Agreement, the Area of Consideration will be:
First Facility-wide (including satellites) Best Qualified Candidates.
Second Any promotion candidate or candidate required to compete from other VA facilities.
Third All other status candidates.
Citizenship- You must be a Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
Basic Experience- Must possess at least one (1) full year of experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology and general understanding of the health record. Six months of the required one year of experience must have provided the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) needed to perform medical records technician work. OR
Basic Education- Must possess at least two (2) years above high school with a minimum of 12 semester hours directly related to medical records technician work (e.g., courses in medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, and introduction to health records). (Transcripts Required) OR
Basic Experience and Education Combination- Must possess equivalent combinations of experience and education to qualify. The following educational/training substitutions are appropriate for combining education and experience:
(a) Six months of experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology and general understanding of the health record and one year above high school with a minimum of 6 semester hours of health information technology courses. (Must provide transcripts which clearly document this education). OR
(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 medical record techniques and procedures. Also requires six additional months of experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology and general understanding of the health record. (Transcripts and documentation required to support this education).
English Language Proficiency- Medical Records Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
Specialized Experience: Must possess at least one (1) full year of Specialized Experience that equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of this position. This experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-08) in Federal service. Examples of Specialized Experience include: selects and assigns codes from the current versions of International Classification of Diseases (ICD), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), and/or Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS); monitors regulatory and policy requirements affecting coded information for the full spectrum of services and timely compliance with coding changes; performs audits of coded data, develops criteria, collects data, graphing and analyzing results, creating reports and communicating in writing and/or in person to leadership and groups; and maintains statistical databases to track results and validate the program for identifying patterns and variations in coding practices with regular reports. (A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position, salary/grade level, and the number of hours a week spent in such employment).
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
References: VA Handbook 5005/79, Part II, Appendix G35
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.
Physical Requirements: The work may involve sitting, bending, stooping, and standing for long periods of time; may be required to carry records from one location to another. The majority of the work is performed in an office setting where the employee has access to a computer terminal, copier, fax, and printer. The selectee will receive many work-related interruptions during the workday, either in person and/or by telephone. Work area may be noisy due to customers in and out of the office and noise generated by operation of the photocopy/fax/printer.
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