Medical Records Technician (Coder)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Augusta, GA

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 833733

Augusta Georgia is the home of the world renowned 'Masters' golf tournament and is Georgia’s second oldest and second largest city. Please visit the official Augusta website to learn more about this ever changing and exciting city: http://www.augustaga.gov/

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise - “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Augusta Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center is a two-division Medical Center that provides tertiary care in medicine, surgery, neurology, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine, and spinal cord injury. The Medical Center is affiliated with the Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, GA and as such integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care, making it an attractive academic medical center. This facility offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative programs, as well as education and research benefits.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
Salary for external applicants will be set by the Medical Records Technician Professional Standards Board.
(Based on the qualifications and expertise of the selected applicant)
Current permanent employees of the Charlie Norwood VAMC will receive first consideration when filling vacancies.
KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must pass pre-employment examination
Background and-or Security Investigation required

Copy of College Transcripts DUTIES:
Work Schedule : Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Location of position : Downtown Division, Health Information Management (HIM) Service Line

The Medical Record Technician (MRT) is the critical and final checkpoint to ensure optimization of Diagnosis Related Groups (DRG) assignment and completeness of the record. Employee must apply extensive knowledge of medical record standards and highly diversified medical terminology, both of which are constantly expanding. Thoroughly searches the medical record to identify all pertinent diagnoses and procedures. Reviews and codes medical records involving routine and non-routine problems which require a high degree of technical knowledge and skill. Processes inpatient and outpatient data base transactions which require knowledge of the system. Duties are allocated between coding, record analysis, data entry and validation.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G35, Medical Record Technician Qualification Standard, GS-675.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

Citizenship . Citizen of the United States. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates.

Experience and Education

(1) Experience. Two years of experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work. Six months of the required 2 years of experience must have provided the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (KSAs) needed to perform MRT work.

OR,

(2) Education. Successful completion of an associate degree with a major field of study in medical record technology/health information technology which was accredited by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) at the time the program was completed.

OR,

(3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. The following educational/training substitutions are appropriate in this provision for combining education and experience:

(a) Successful completion of an associate degree in a field of study other than medical records/health information will substitute for 18 months of the required experience.

(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 1 year of experience

(c) Successful completion of a post-high school course of study in medical record technology, which includes courses in anatomy, physiology, and medical record techniques and procedures, may substitute on a month-for-month basis for up to 1 year of experience.

(d) Successful completion of post-high school courses for medical administrative personnel, obtained in a closely supervised training program given by the Armed Forces, may be substituted for experience on a month-for-month basis for up to 6 months provided the training program included courses in anatomy, physiology, and medical record techniques and procedures.

Physical Requirements . See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Applicant must meet the physical standards established for this position.

English Language Proficiency . MRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Quality of Experience . Experience is only creditable if it is either directly related to the position to be filled or in a related field. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to medical record technology experience at the next lower grade level.

Medical Coders analyze and abstract medical record data and assign codes using clinical classification systems. Medical coding required independent judgment based on medical record documentation and personal coding knowledge and skill. Certification is offered by AHIMA as a Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based (CCS-P), or Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Certification is offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) as a Certified Professional Coder Apprentice (CPC-A), Certified Professional Coder-Hospital Apprentice (CPC-H-A), Certified Professional Coder (CPC or Certified Professional Coder-Hospital (CPC-H) and is highly desired at the higher grade levels.

EXPERIENCE : For the GS-08: One year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level for the appropriate assignment area and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. Certification at this grade level is highly desired. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

KSA's : (1) Ability to analyze the medical record to identify all pertinent diagnoses and procedures for coding, and to evaluate the adequacy of the documentation. This includes the ability to read and understand the content of the medical record, the terminology, the significance of the comments, and the disease process/pathophysiology of the patient; (2) Skill in reviewing medical record documentation and assigning current versions of the classification systems required in the current position, such as ICD and CPT; (3) ; Advanced knowledge of the full scope of coding and abstracting including inpatient discharges, surgical cases, diagnostic studies and procedures, outpatient encounters, and inpatient professional fees for a highly diversified range of specialties and subspecialities, such as orthopedics, neurosurgery, cardiology, gastroenterology, plastic surgery, spinal cord injury, blind rehabilitation, anesthesia, acute and long term physiotherapy including addiction treatment, hospice, ambulatory surgery, and other types of care.

NOTE : The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-08. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

New appointees will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year .

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) or official document showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non-service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as well as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference” and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome. You can visit the following two web sites (1) http://www.va.gov/pbi (2) http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Staffing/PBI/PBI_Intr.htm to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview. BENEFITS:

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored. Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

Management retains the right to select from any appropriate recruitment methods, such as reassignment, promotion, appointment, transfer, reemployment, reinstatement, or demotion to fill this vacancy. The decision as to which source or sources to use (singularly, in any sequence, or concurrently in any combination) will be made by management.

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

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

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...