Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 884085 

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?


Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-4 to GS-8.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

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


The Medical Record Technician (Coder) is a staff position within the health Information Management Section (HIMS) of the Business Office at the Northport VA Medical Center.  The position is responsible for maintaining the integrity of patient records through the performance of quality review of discharged and lodger patient records, assigning of appropriate International Classification of Diseases Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT-4) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes, and determining the appropriate MS-Diagnosis Related Group (MS-DRG).  At the full performance level, it is expected that the Medical Coder will do more than validate code assignments made by clinical staff, but will possess a demonstrated skill at making independent judgment in code selection based on abstraction from the record and professional coding knowledge and skill.  Since coding rules are specific to individual classification systems, knowledge of coding systems other than the one utilized in the position for which the individual is being boarded does not automatically meet the requirements for this position.  Generally, to receive credit for experience, the coder should have performed the type of coding specified as a significant portion of duties on a regular and recurring basis and provide evidence of the core competencies identified.  Also, to receive credit at the full performance level, a coder must have proven success at coding for both professional fee (physician-based) and facility fee (hospital-based) domains.