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.
(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.
(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.VA HANDBOOK 5005/15 MARCH 17, 2006 PART II APPENDIX G35 II-G35-2
(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.
(1) Creditable Experience
(a) Knowledge of Current Medical Record Technology. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (also referred to as core competencies) associated with current health information or medical record technology and/or cancer registry practice.
(b) 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.
(c) Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a professional medical record technician is credited according to its relationship to a full-time workweek. For example, a medical record technician would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.
(d) Specialized Areas for Medical Record Technicians
2. Medical Coders analyze and abstract medical record data and assign codes using clinical classification systems. Medical coding requires 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.
3. Medical Record Technicians perform medical record technician work but are not working in specialized registry or medical coding assignments. This assignment includes lead and supervisory positions.
b. Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
4. Lead or Supervisory Medical Record Technician Positions. An MRT may qualify at the GS-7 grade level by assignment as a work leader or supervisor. The employee must serve as a work leader as a regular and recurring part of assignments, or supervise medical record technicians, where the highest level of non-supervisory work is at the GS-6 grade level. In order to be considered a leader, the employee must be responsible to his/her supervisor for ensuring that the work assignments of the other employees of the team are carried out by successfully performing duties which include distributing and balancing workload, monitoring the status and progress of work, instructing and answering employee questions, checking employee work, amending or rejecting work not meeting standards, approving leave for a few hours or for emergencies, resolving simple, informal complaints, etc.
(a) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
(1) Ability to manage priorities and coordinate work in order to complete duties in an accurate and timely fashion;
(2) Ability to follow-up on pending issues and demonstrates an understanding of the impact of incomplete work;
(3) Ability to demonstrate appropriate human resources management skills;
(4) Ability to communicate orally and in writing to meet program objectives;
(5) If the position is supervisory in nature, ability to provide or coordinate staff development and training; and
(6) If the position is supervisory in nature, ability to manage and supervise employees.
(a) Experience. 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.
(b) Assignments. Employees at this grade level will be assigned to a specific area of medical record/health information, e.g., tumor registry, medical coding, or medical records. They may be in lead or supervisory positions, as appropriate to the assignment. Core competencies for the different assignments are listed with the assignment.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm. ]
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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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. ***
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.