a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
b. Experience and Education
(1) Experience. Two years of experience that demonstrates the applicants 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 associates 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 associates 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.
(a) Experience. One year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs:
(b) Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Employees at this level will be assigned to a specific area of medical record/health information (medical records, medical coding or tumor registry). They may be in lead or supervisory positions, as appropriate to the assignment. Core competencies may differ depending on assignment as follows.
Lead MRTs may qualify at the GS-9 grade level by experience, assignment, and demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities. An MRT at the GS-9 grade level functions as a work leader, as a regular and recurring part of assignments, of medical record technicians, where the highest level of non-supervisory work is at lower grade levels.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to work with a team to provide technical guidance, plan, organize, and coordinate activities of a medical record function in order to effectively complete job duties of assignment such as distributing workload, monitoring the status and progress of work, monitoring accuracy of work, approving leave, etc.;
Comprehensive knowledge of medical record technology theories, methods, procedures, and techniques for assigned areas; and
Ability to communicate tactfully and effectively, both orally and in writing, in order to meet program objectives. This may include preparing reports in various formats and presenting data to various organizational levels.
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 incomplete work;
Ability to accomplish program goals and adapt to changing priorties;
Ability to demonstrate appropriate human resources management skills;
Ability to delegate authority