Basic Requirement: 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.)
Education or Experience
(a) Three years of experience in the field of medical records that included the preparation, maintenance, and management of medical records and health information systems. At least 1 year of this experience must be comparable to a GS-4 level position
(b) An associates degree in the health information field plus 1 year of experience that included the
preparation, maintenance, and management of medical records and health information systems. (Must provide copy of transcripts)
NOTE: Successfully completed training for health information technicians in a school accredited by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) at the time the program was completed may be substituted for 1 year of experience. No credit may be given for partial completion of such training.
(2) Education. Education equivalent to a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or
college. (Must submit copy of transcripts)
(3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education may be used to meet basic requirements. (Must submit provide copy of transcripts).
Creditable Experience: Knowledge of Current Medical Record Administration Practices. To be creditable, experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (also referred to as core competencies) associated with current health information practice. This knowledge may be evidenced by one or more of the following:
1. The equivalent of 1 year of active practice in the Health Information Management field that included knowledge of the content and uses of health records, computerized information systems, and disease and procedural indices; ability to apply the concepts, principles and practices of health information administration; ability to apply knowledge of anatomy, pathophysiology, and medical terminology to health information management functions.
2. Maintenance/possession of an active credential from AHIMA as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) or Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT);
3. Successful completion of academic course work leading to an advanced degree in Health Information Management or a related field. (Must provide copy of transcript).
Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is in health information management and is directly related to the position to be filled or in a related field such as quality assurance, Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy, or electronic medical record implementation. Qualifying experience must also be at a level and complexity comparable to medical record management experience at the next lower grade level. Registration is offered by AHIMA as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) or Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and is highly desirable.
Education or Experience for GS-8 level: In addition to the basic requirements, at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
1. Comprehensive understanding of clinical classification systems and nomenclatures.
2. Ability to provide advisory and technical expertise on a range of health information management/medical record issues to staff, management, and the general public.
3. Ability to use data collection and analytical techniques for purposes of review, quality control, studies and analysis.
4.Knowledge of and ability to use and evaluate software programs and information systems relative to health information services.
5. Knowledge of anatomy, pathophysiology, and medical terminology.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G33 MEDICAL RECORD ADMINISTRATOR QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://vaww1.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/Documents/gs669.DOC
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.