Medical Records Technician (Coder)
Location: Altoona Pennsylvania
Description: Department Of Veterans Affairs is hiring Medical Records Technician (Coder) right now, this vacancy will be placed in Pennsylvania. Further informations about this vacancy opportunity kindly read the description below. Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 918529
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the b! attle, 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 compassioante care to Veterans?
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.
If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans .
The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of ! those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our! mission..
The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect and E xcellence (" I CARE ").
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The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center consists of a parent site, located in Altoona, PA and three community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) located in Johnstown, DuBois, and State College, PA. With approximately 600 employees, the Altoona VAMC is one of the largest employers in the area. The medical center serves Veterans from a 14 county area in Central Pennsylvania, providing exceptional health care in the areas of Acute Care, Behavioral Health, Diagnostic Services, Emergency Care, Long Term Care, Pharmacy, Primary Care, Social Services, ! Specialty Care, and Women's Health.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. KEY REQUIREMENTS
U. S. Citizenship
Must pass pre-employment examination
English Language Proficiency required
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
Background and-or Security Investigation required DUTIES:
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-5 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.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed! in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step appro! ved for the selected candidate.
Duties: The incumbent's Medical Record Technician (MRT) position is located in the Health Information Management Service (HIMS), aligned under the Associate Director's Office of the James E. Van Zandt (JEVZ) VA Medical Center Altoona, Pennsylvania. The incumbent reports directly to the Supervisory MRT who, inturn, reports directly to the Chief of HIMS. The incumbent is responsbile for performing a quality review of patient care documents and assigning codes specific for the type of care provided. The organizational structure is large and complex with hospital based outpatient services, acute medical, surgical, intensive care, telemetry, nursing home care units, home health, community based outpatient clinics, telemedicine and the following Specialty Clinics: Cardiology, Dermatology, ENT, Eye, GU, Neutrology, Orthopedic, Pain, Podiatry, Surgical and Women's Health. The incumbent's primary coding duties are outpatient encounters! and Non-VA (Fee Basis) purchased care reviews, respectively.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Experience and Education:
(1) Experience . Two years of experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work, or provides familiarity with the work. Six months of the required 2 years experience must have provided the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (KSAs) needed to perform MRT work.
(2) Education. Successful completion of an 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.
(3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. The following education! al/training substitutions are appropriate in this provision for combini! ng education and experience:
(a) Successful completion of an associate's 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.
Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, at least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level (GS-4) and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.
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 re! lated degree with courses related to medical record technology sufficient to evidence the core competencies identified.
One year experience comparable to the next lower level (GS-5) and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.
One year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-6) and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.
One year experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-7) for the appropriate assignment area and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.
Certification as a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) or Certified Professional Coder-Hospital Based (CPC-H) from the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) or credentials as a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Based (CCS-P) from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is highly desired.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR ! AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References: VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office).
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.
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 mus! t 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 rÃ©sumÃ©. 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, rÃ©sumÃ© and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or ! omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be eval! uated 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:
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. OTHER INFORMATION:
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 milit! ary service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.
Applicants are responsible for giving complete information to accurately portray their experience.
Selection for this position will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying physical or mental handicap or age.
This medical center provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Human Resources. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
If you were eligible to this vacancy, please email us your resume, with salary requirements and a resume to Department Of Veterans Affairs.
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This vacancy starts available on: Sat, 29 Jun 2013 15:36:32 GMT