Medical Records Technician (Health Information Technician)

US Government, Department of Veterans Affairs

This position is located in the Health Information Management (HIM) section at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center. MRTs HIT perform incomplete health record analysis. They review, analyze, abstract, maintain, extract, and compile information from the health record. MRTs HIT check for accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of the health record and monitor and report for regulatory compliance.

 

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Job Grade: 4
Total Openings:

Duties:

GS-4 Employees at this level serve as entry level MRTs HIT, and receive close supervision from the supervisory MRT HIT or designee. MRTs HIT analyze health records for accuracy, completeness, timeliness, consistency, and compliance (e.g., scanned, uploaded, use of correct titles, linked to correct encounters, etc.), with HIM industry standards, policies, procedures, laws, regulations, and accrediting bodies. GS-5 Employees at this grade level serve in developmental positions as MRTs HIT. Employees receive guidance from the supervisory MRT HIT, or designee, for more complex health record reviews. MRTs HIT analyze health records for accuracy, completeness, timeliness, consistency, and compliance (e.g., scanned, uploaded, use of correct titles, linked to correct encounters, etc.) with HIM industry standards, policies, procedures, laws, regulations, and accreditation requirement. GS-6 This is a developmental level for MRT HIT. The MRT HIT at this level receives guidance from the supervisory MRT HIT, or designee, for more complex health records. The MRT HIT analyzes, abstracts, maintains, extracts and compiles information from the health record, working under the review of the supervisor. They analyze health records for accuracy, completeness, timeliness, consistency, and compliance (e.g., scanned, uploaded, use of correct titles, linked to correct encounters, etc.) with HIM industry standards, policies, procedures, laws, regulations, and accreditation requirements. THE FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL FOR THIS SERIES IS THE GS-7: This is considered the journey level for MRTs HIT. MRTs HIT at this level review, analyze, abstract, maintain, extract, and compile information from the health record independently with minimal supervision. They analyze health records for accuracy, completeness, timeliness, consistency, and compliance (e.g., scanned, uploaded, use of correct titles, linked to correct encounters, etc.) with HIM industry standards, policies, procedures, laws, regulations, and accreditation requirements. They also coordinate and/or perform health record review activities to satisfy external accreditation requirements and medical center performance measures. They communicate regularly with staff at various levels of the organization regarding delinquent health records, and notify individual clinical providers regarding incomplete medical records. MRTs HIT prepare complex reports, calculate department statistics, note the status of all incomplete/delinquent records, and submit reports to the appropriate administrative and clinical staff and committees/leadership to ensure deficiencies are resolved and completed appropriately. They serve as the expert resource for clinical staff and assist clinical providers with completion or correction of their health record documentation. They conduct the review of incomplete records for individuals clearing the facility. MRTs HIT coordinate the use of medical speech recognition/transcription and monitor, verify, troubleshoot, correct, and/or upload all transcription/medical speech recognition to maintain completeness and accuracy of health records. They serve as the technical expert in health record content and documentation requirements. SALARY:
GS-04: $31,208 to $40,569
GS-05: $34,916 to $45,393
GS-06: $38,921 to $50,598
GS-07: $43,251 to $56,222 Work Schedule: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday (excluding Federal Holidays)
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Qualifications:

Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Experience and Education. (1) Experience. One year of creditable experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, and a general understanding of health records. Six months of the required one year of creditable experience must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) needed to perform MRT HIT work. OR, (2) Education. An associate’s degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, with a major field of study in health information technology/health information management, or a related degree with a minimum of 12 semester hours in health information technology/health information management (e.g., courses in medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, legal aspects of health care, and introduction to health records). TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED OR, (3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of creditable experience and education are qualifying towards meeting basic experience requirements. The following educational/training substitutions are appropriate for combining education and creditable experience: (a) Six months of creditable experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology, privacy and release of information, the health record, and one year above high school with a minimum of six semester hours of health information technology/health information management. (b) Six months of creditable experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology, privacy and release of information, the health record, and successful completion of a course for medical technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or hospital training obtained in a training program given by the U.S. 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 health record techniques and procedures. DOCUMENTATION/TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED DEFINITIONS.
a. Journey Level. The full performance level for the MRT HIT assignment is GS-7.
b. Creditable Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is paid or non-paid employment directly related to the position to be filled, or in a related field, such as medical support assistants, clinic/ward clerks, health record file room/scanning technicians, medical coding, or other positions that include knowledge of the content and uses of health records. To be creditable, the candidate’s experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with current MRT HIT practice.
c. Quality of Experience. To be creditable, experience must be documented on the application or resume and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means. Grade Determinations: Medical Records Technician (HIT), GS-4 (Entry Level) Experience or Education. None beyond basic requirements. Medical Records Technician (HIT), GS-5 (Developmental Level 1)
(1) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower level. OR,
(2) Education. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with a major field of study in health information management, or a related degree with a minimum of 24 semester hours in health technology/health information management (e.g., courses in medical terminology, anatomy &physiology, legal aspects of health care, and introduction to health records). TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED
(3) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
(a) Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external customers.
(b) Ability to utilize health information technology and various office software products used in health information management positions (e.g., Microsoft Excel, electronic health records, and delinquency tracking software).
(c) Knowledge of health record documentation guidelines and industry standards.
(d) Ability to manage priorities and coordinate work to complete duties within required timeframes.
(e) Ability to apply knowledge of medical terminology and human anatomy to fully understand the content of a health record. Medical Records Technician (HIT), GS-6
(1) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
(2) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
(a) Ability to navigate efficiently through the health record to locate needed information.
(b) Ability to analyze health record documentation to ensure compliance with guidelines and industry standards.
(c) Skill in investigating potential health record errors and making corrections, when appropriate.
(d) Skill in interpreting and applying health information guidelines and using judgment to complete assignments.
(e) Ability to follow up on incomplete health record documentation. Medical Records Technician (HIT), GS-7 (Full Performance Level)
(1) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
(2) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
(a) Ability to judge whether health records contain sufficient information for regulatory requirements, are acceptable as legal documents, are adequate for continuity of patient care, and support education and research needs.
(b) Ability to take appropriate actions if health record content is not adequate, accurate, timely, and/or reliable.
(c) Ability to communicate both orally and in writing with individuals or groups, to facilitate compliance with established policies and regulations.
(d) Skill in using appropriate software and computer applications to analyze and record documentation trends.
(e) Ability to apply qualitative and/or quantitative methods for assessment and improvement of health records.
(f) Ability to work independently and utilize problem-solving techniques in the accomplishment of work. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-59 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-4 to GS-7. Physical Requirements: Light Lifting, under 15 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up .5 hours); Standing (up .5 hours); Sitting for up to 7 hours per day.

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