Medical Record Technician (Tumor Registry)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Bay Pines, FL

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 832662

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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade . The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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

U. S. Citizenship
Must pass pre-employment examination
English Language Proficiency required
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
Background and-or Security Investigation required

Tumor Registry Certification required DUTIES:
Tumor Registry positions maintain clinical registries and work to meet the standards of regulatory and accrediting agencies related to approved cancer and/or other programs requiring registries. Certification is offered by the National Cancer Registrars Association as a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR). Certification is required. Selectee performs review of patient records in order to identify all cases of malignant disease diagnosed and treated at Bay Pines VAHCS. Selectee performs basic Registry operations to include case finding, abstracting, and follow-up of patients. Registrar maintains up to date knowledge about the Commission on Cancer (COC) standards. Selectee works closely with the licensed independent practitioners to ensure that cancer cases are staged in a timely and appropriate manner. Registrar participates in patient care evaluation studies.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Veterans Health Administration Medical Record Technician Qualification Standard, GS-675, VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G35.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. 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. O R, Education . Successful completion of an associate's 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, 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's 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.
Tumor (or Cancer) Registry positions maintain clinical registries and work to meet the standards of regulatory and accrediting agencies related to approved cancer and/or other programs requiring registries. Certification is offered by the National Cancer Registrars Association as a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR).

You will be evaluated based on the following knowledge, skills, or abilities that are essential for successful job performance. Please ensure you include your knowledge, skills and abilities on your resume in reference to the following KSAs. No separate response is required.

GS-8 Grade level requires the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.

1. Knowledge of chronic disease registration/data basing and specific cancer registration

2. Advanced knowledge of medical terminology, staging of cancer, and requirements of external approving organizations.

3. Knowledge of the design of studies including use of comparative statistical methods and presentation of data related to cancer.

4. Knowledge of cancer committee processes and procedures in order to improve patient care and to verify compliance with accrediting body standards.

5. Ability to serve as subject matter expert on cancer program issues for the healthcare system.

6. Ability to manage priorities and coordinate work in order to complete duties in an accurate and timely fashion in order to meet the timeliness identified by the healthcare system and the Commission on Cancer.

Proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38USC 7402(d) and 7407 (d).

You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

You must successfully complete a pre-employment physical to include drug screening, suitability screening (background check) and credentialing prior to appointment. After appointment, there is a requirement for random testing for illegal drug use.

Pay will be determined by Professional Standards Board (PSB).

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

References : VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G35, Medical Record Technician, dated March 2006.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Physical Requirements

Functional Requirements

Environmental Factors

Light Lifting, under 15 pounds

Light Carrying, under 15 pounds

Pushing (1 hour)

Use of fingers

Walking (Moderate)

Standing (Moderate)

Kneeling

Repeated bending

Climbing

Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1-4

Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other

Hearing (aid permitted)

Emotional Stability

Clear Speech

Working closely with others

Outside and Inside

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.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.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. 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 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.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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