Medical Records Technician (Release of Information)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Clarksburg, WV

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Lo cated in Health Information Management Services(HIMS), within Health Adminitration Services at the Louis A Johnson VA HCS, Clarksburg, WV 835111

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?

These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard. 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.

Clarksburg, approximate population of 18,000 citizens, is located at the center of West Virginia's 1-79 High Tech Corridor. The High Tech Corridor is anchored on the north by Morgantown, which is the home of West Virginia University, a Carnegie Foundation Research Institution and training academy for Cisco systems, Inc. and Oracle. Morgantown was recently rated the best small city in America bybizjournals.com . Other regional high technology operations include the National Energy Technology Laboratory, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NASA IV and V Center, and Department of Defense Biometrics Fusion Center. Additional educational opportunities are available through Fairmont State University, Salem International University, Alderson-Broaddus College and West Virginia Wesleyan College. In addition to exceptional professional challenges, Clarksburg offers an unsurpassed quality of life, which includes low cost of living, short commutes, and outstanding recreational opportunities. For additional information, please visit www.Clarksburg.com .

NOTE: The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-05. 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. 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 DUTIES:
The incumbent shall be function as the support clerk for the Release of Information Department in the Health Administration Service under the Health Information Management Section at the Louis A. Johnson, VAHCS. The primary purpose of this position is to perform all funtions related to the Release of Information and Security of Protected Health Information. The Incumbent will be responsible:

Process all incoming request to the facility Release of Information (ROI) department along wit the information required by the VA Regional Office through Automated Medical Information Exchange.

Inputs all request into the Document Storage Systems Release of Information (DSS-ROI) computer package for logging and tracking of these request.

Secures health and administrative records. Evaluates validity of each request and determines what information is to be released in compliance with existing laws.

Performs work of the genetal support which encompasses a variety of different duties and responsibilities.

Monitors and controls the timely and accurate release of information to an authorized requestor to assure full compliance with Privacy Act of 1974, the Freedom of Information Act and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

Abstracts and processes medical release of information requests for information from patients' medical records for release to the appropriate facility, agency, or physician; and processes Medical-Legal releases to attorneys and courts pertaining to Tort Feasor (Third Party Liability) Workers' Compensation, Labor and Industries, and subpoenas.

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

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. citizenship.
Must pass pre-employment examination
English Language Proficiency required
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

Experience and Education:
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

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:

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.

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.

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.

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 .

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

GS-5

Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, at least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

OR,

Education. Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major field of study in medical record technology/health information technology or a related degree with courses related to medical record technology sufficient to evidence the core competencies identified.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1. Ability to apply knowledge of medical terminology, human anatomy/pathophysiology, and disease processes sufficient to appropriately file, locate, and disclose health information;

2. Ability to correctly apply a practical knowledge of laws and regulations related to the confidentiality of health information and the release of information from medical records;

3. Knowledge of the internal organization of medical records and medical record references and procedures as appropriate to the position.

4 . Ability to use health information software appropriate to the position, such as the electronic patient record, record tracking systems, chart deficiency systems, coding and abstracting systems, release of information systems, document scanning technology, electronic spreadsheets, transcription systems, encoder products, electronic encounter forms, database software, etc.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
This work is sedentary. Employee performs the majority of the work sitting. Some bending and walking involved when pulling charts or filing paperwork. There is a minimal amount of the time spent lifting medical records (up to five pounds). The nature of the work may result in mental stress to the employee.

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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