Medical Records Technician (Cancer Registry), GS-0675-6/7/8
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Little Rock, AR

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): TAG: Vacancy

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)

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.

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE, OR YOU WILL RECEIVE AN ELECTRONIC NOTICE THAT YOU ARE RATED INELIGIBLE. SEE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS SECTION TO UPLOAD. ALL OF THE DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS.

DUTY LOCATION/CAMPUS: LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS / SURGICAL SERVICE

TOUR OF DUTY: MONDAY - FRIDAY, 08:00 a.m. - 04:30 p.m.

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). Certification is highly desirable. The incumbent serves as a Cancer Program Specialist in a large complex, VA Medical Center with limited medical and surgical oncology services. The work of this position supports the care and treatment given to patients with malignant conditions. Individual is responsible for planning, organizing, actuating, and control of Oncology Patient Registry Program. In this capacity the Tumor Registrar coordinates activities associated with the Cancer Program. Responsible for providing advisory and technical services to administrative, medical, and ancillary professional staff as it relates to the integration of the Cancer Committee policy and procedures, the accreditation standards of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Program, the VA Oncology Program, etc. Incumbent makes recommendations for program to the Tumor Board Committee through the Chair Tumor Board Committee (Chief, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service). Incumbent plays an integral role of the Cancer Program at this Medical Center.

Area of Consideration: The initial area of consideration is this Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS). Management retains the right to select any appropriate recruitment methods such as current Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment, Reinstatement eligibles, those eligible for a non-competitive appointment under a Special Appointing Authority such as those for disabled Veterans, those eligible for Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) under the Veterans’ Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, V eterans eligible for a VEOA appointment, severely disabled individuals, Interchange Agreements with other Agencies, etc. Candidates from other sources may be considered only after consideration has been given the best qualified candidates from this CAVHS. Current permanent Veterans Canteen Service employees may apply for consideration under this announcement.

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply:

5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities. The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp , and disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

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:
  • CTR credential or CTR eligible preferred
  • Work experience or clinical experience in a cancer registry
  • Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, pathophysiology or disease processes, ICD-9/ 10 coding
  • Willingness to pursue and achieve CTR credentials
  • Resourceful, team player but works well independently
  • Ability to manage priorities and coordinate work in order to complete duties in an accurate and timely fashion.
  • Ability to follow-up on pending issues and demonstrate an understanding of the impact of incomplete work.
  • Ability to meet program goals and adapt to changing priorities.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. citizenship.

Two (2) years experience performing work using medical terminology and knowledge of health information technology OR an associate's degree in medical record/health information technology; OR an associate degree in any field of study AND at least 6 months experience performing work using medical terminology and knowledge of health information technology.

One (1) year experience that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics needed to perform medical coding.

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

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is primarily sedentary. However, there are occasions that you do require walking, standing, climbing, reaching, bending, and carrying up to 20 pounds of manuals, files, and medical records from one area to another.

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.

VA recognizes certification 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) Certified Professional Coder-Hospital (CPC-H), or Registered Medical Coder (RMC) and is highly desired at the higher grade levels.

You must meet time-in-grade, and specialized experience requirements as explained under the "Duties Section" of this announcement in order to qualify for this position. You must also submit all documents as explained under the "Required Documents Section" of this announcement in order to qualify for this position.

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 .

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

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

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