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Job Title:Medical Record Technician

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:HYB 13-931716-63

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$30,237.00 to $55,844.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, July 25, 2013 to Wednesday, August 14, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0675-04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Saginaw, MI United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 931716

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?

 

Michigan is in the heart of the Great Lakes region, a diverse, medically-advanced community that is the gateway to Michigan's famous four seasons recreational opportunities, such as hunting, skiing, and boating. With an affordable cost of living, exemplary public schools, and various museums, you can spend your winters in snow and your summers on sandy beaches, all while serving America's heroes.

  

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is [GS-04].  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of [GS-04] to [GS-08].  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.

 

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

 

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life.  VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing may be required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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The incumbent performs quantitative/qualitative analysis of inpatient and outpatient medical records to ensure compliance with VA and Joint Commission requirements; codes diagnoses, operations and procedures using ICD-9-CM, CPT-4, and HCPS; reviews and screens the entire medical record to abstract medical, surgical, laboratory, pharmaceutical, demographic, social, and administrative data; conducts quality management data collection and continuous monitors for CQI projects and other special projects as required; codes third party billing cases; assists physician, ancillary, administrative personnel and other clinical staff with concurrent documentation requirements in compliance with coding guidelines.

 

Possibility of telework, after orientation period successfully completed.

 

Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Schedule may be changed due to agency needs.

 

Relocation is not authorized for this position.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:  

·         U.S. citizenship.  

 

Experience

 

Two years of experience that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work associated with current health information or medical record technology. The experience must have required the use of Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAO’s) required to perform work of a Medical Record Technician.

 

Specialized experience as a biller does NOT substitute for specialized experience as a coder.

 

Qualifying 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 the medical record technology

experience at the next lower grade level the proposed on this announcement.

 

Education

 

Successful completion of associate’s 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 (preferred); in addition to 2

years of experience. Successful completion of a baccalaureate 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;

 

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.

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.

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.

 

 

GS-4

Experience or Education.  None beyond basic requirements.

 

GS-5

Experience.  In addition to the basic requirements, at least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level

 

     OR,

 

Education.  Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major field of study in medical record technology/health information technology or a related degree with courses related to medical record technology sufficient to evidence the core competencies identified.

 

GS-6

Experience.  One year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level.

 

GS-7

Experience.  One year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level.

 

GS-8

Experience.  One year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level.

 

 

COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

 

Successful completion of an associate’s degree in a field of study other than medical records/health information will substitute for 6 months of the required experience.

 

Successful completion of a course for medical technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical records/health

information by the Armed Forces or the US Maritime Service under close medical and professional

supervision, may be substituted on a month-for-month basis for up to 1 year of experience.

 

Successful completion of a post-high school course of study in medical record technology, which

includes course in anatomy, physiology, and medical record techniques and procedures, may substitute

on a month-for-month basis for up to 1 year of experience.

 

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.

 

Preferred Qualifications: Associate's degree in Health Information Management System (HIMS), and/or coding certification and previous coding experience.

 

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience. Please include the starting and end date including the month and year for each position listed on your resume. Also, for each job listed on your resume, state whether the position was full-time, part-time, or occasional and how many hours were worked.

 

References : VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also 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 (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.

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 (showing type of discharge) 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.

 

Probationary Period: You may be required to complete a one year probationary period.

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:

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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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

 

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

 

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.   VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity: Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors such as sex, gender identity or expression, race, color, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical handicap or age, which are prohibited by law.

 

Reasonable Accomodations: Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodations for any part of the applicant and hiring process, please notify Ms. Beth Keyser, Selective Placement Coordinator at (989) 497-2500, extension 13084. Reasonable accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

 

You must include VA Form 10-2850c in your application package to be considered for this vacancy.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

 

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

 

If you cannot apply online:

 

1.       Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.

2.       Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.

3.       Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

4.       Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1.       Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 931716.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.

2.       Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

 

1.       CV or Resume.

2.       VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

3.       Occupational Questionnaire

4.       If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  

5.       If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Kimberly Laitila
Phone: (989)497-2500x13069
Email: KIMBERLY.LAITILA@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Saginaw VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
HRMS 05
1500 Weiss Street
Saginaw, MI
48602

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.


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Job Announcement Number:

HYB 13-931716-63

Control Number:

348259500