Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Records Technician (Coder) Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist in Northport, New York
Medical Records Technician (Coder) Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist
Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Northport VA Medical Center
- ##### Open & closing dates
10/29/2019 to 11/18/2019
- ##### Service
- ##### Pay scale & grade
- ##### Salary
$57,948 to $75,334 per year
- ##### Appointment type
- ##### Work schedule
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
Yes You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.
This position is located in the Health Information Management (HIM) section at the Northport VA Medical Center. The Medical Records Technician (Coder) is responsible for abstracting medical record data and assigning codes using current clinical classification systems appropriate for the type of care provided.
*You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.
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Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Applies comprehensive knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, disease processes, treatment modalities, diagnostic tests, medications, procedures as well as the principles and practices of health services and the organizational structure to ensure proper code selection.
- Selects and assigns codes from the current version of several coding systems to include current versions of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS).
- Adheres to accepted coding practices, guidelines and conventions when choosing the most appropriate diagnosis, operation, procedure, ancillary, or Evaluation and Management code to ensure ethical, accurate, and complete coding.
- Also applies codes based on guidelines specific to certain diagnoses, procedures, and other criteria (in inpatient and outpatient settings) used to classify patients under the Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation (VERA) program that categorizes all VA patients into specific classes representing their clinical conditions and resource needs.Monitors regulatory and policy requirements affecting coded information for the full spectrum of services provided by the VAMC.
- Timely compliance with coding changes is crucial to the accuracy of the facility database as well as all cost recovery programs.
- Assists facility staff with documentation requirements to completely and accurately reflect the patient care provided; provides technical support in the areas of regulations and policy, coding requirements, resident supervision, reimbursement, workload, accepted nomenclature, and proper sequencing.
- Ensures provider documentation is complete and supports the diagnoses and procedures coded. Directly consults with the professional staff for clarification of conflicting or ambiguous clinical data.
- Reports incorrect documentation or codes in the electronic patient health record.
- Expertly searches the patient health record to find documentation justifying code assignment based on an expanded knowledge of the organization and structure of the patient record.
- Uses a variety of window based applications in day to day activities and duties; competent in use of the health record applications (VistA and CPRS) as well as the encoder product suite.
- Ensures current versions of all software applications are loaded and functional after any updates.
Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday Through Friday 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
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0675 Medical Records Technician
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/18/2019.
Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States.
Experience and Education
Experience: At least one year of experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology and general understanding of the health record. Six months of the required one year of experience must have provided the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) needed to perform MRT work.
Education: Two years above high school with a minimum of 12 semester hours directly related to MRT work (e.g., courses in medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, and introduction to health records). A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Experience/Education Combination: Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. The following educational/training substitutions are appropriate for combining education and experience: (a) Six months of experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology and general understanding of the health record and one year above high school with a minimum of 6 semester hours of health information technology courses. (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 six months of experience provided the training program included courses in anatomy, physiology, and medical record techniques and procedures. Also requires six additional months of experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology and general understanding of the health record. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
English Language Proficiency: MRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
Creditable Experience: - Knowledge of Current Medical Record Technology. To be creditable, the candidate's experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with current health information or health record technology and/or cancer registry practice and may be paid or non-paid employment. - 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 equivalent to the next lower grade level. Experience satisfying this requirement must be active practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a MRT. - Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a professional MRT is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a MRT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.
To qualify at the GS-9: In addition to the basic requirements of employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:
1. Experience: At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. - Specialized experience at the next lower grade level is defined as: Coders at this level perform either inpatient or outpatient coding duties, or a combination of inpatient and outpatient coding duties. Inpatient duties consist of the performance of a comprehensive review of documentation within the health record to assign ICD codes for diagnosis, complications, co-morbid conditions, surgery, and procedures. Outpatient duties consist of the performance of a comprehensive review of documentation within the health record to accurately assign ICD codes for diagnosis and complications, and CPT codes for surgeries, procedures and evaluation, and management services.
2. Demonstrated KSAs: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs): - Knowledge of coding and documentation concepts, guidelines, and clinical terminology; - Ability to interpret and analyze all information in a patient's health record, including laboratory and other test results, to identify opportunities for more precise and/or complete documentation in the heath record; - Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology; - Ability to establish and maintain strong verbal and written communication with providers - Knowledge of regulations that define healthcare documentation requirements, including The Joint Commission, CMS, and VA guidelines; - Knowledge of coding rules and requirements to include clinical classification systems (such as current versions of ICD and CPT), complication or comorbidity/major complication or comorbidity (CC/MCC), Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related group (MS-DRG) structure, and Present on Admission (POA) indicators. - Knowledge of severity of illness and risk of mortality indicators; and - Knowledge of training methods and teaching skills sufficient to conduct continuing education for staff development. The training sessions may be technical in nature or may focus on teaching techniques for the improvement of clinical documentation issues.
3. Assignment: For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. CDISs are responsible for facilitating improved overall quality, education, and completeness and accuracy of medical record documentation as well as promoting appropriate clinical documentation through extensive interaction with physicians, other patient caregivers, HIM coding staff and other associated staff to ensure clinical documentation and services rendered to patients is complete and accurate for appropriate workload capture and resource allocations. Develop and/or update medical center policy memoranda pertaining to documentation improvement. Serve as technical expert in health record content and documentation requirements. Responsible for performing reviews of the health record documentation; developing criteria, collecting data, graphing and analyzing results, creating reports and communicating in writing and/or in person to appropriate leadership and groups. Obtain appropriate corrective action plans from responsible clinical services directors, when necessary, and recommend improvements or changes in documentation as deemed necessary. Adhere to established documentation requirements as outlined by accrediting agencies guidelines, regulations, policy and medical-legal requirements. Responsible for the development and implementation of active training/education programs (i.e. seminars, workshops, short courses, informational briefings, and conferences) for all providers to ensure the CDIS program objectives are met.
Physical Requirements: Work is sedentary with the majority of the time spent sitting. The nature of the work is administrative in an office type setting working on a computer. Lifting and carrying (under 15 lbs) would be occasional but only in direct support of the administrative duties required by the nature of the work. The position requires periods of standing (2 hours), walking (2 hours), use of fingers and both hands.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G35, Medical Records Technician
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy the GS-9.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
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Drug test required
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631 261-4400 X2719
Northport VA Medical Center 79 Middleville Road Building 200 Northport, NY 11768 US
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