Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Records Technician (CDIS) in Iowa City, Iowa
Work Schedule:Monday - Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required This position is not eligible to telework or work remotely.
GS-0675-9 Medical Records Technician (CDIS)
The Medical Record Technician (CDIS) Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist position is located in the Health Information Management (HIM) section at the Iowa City VA Health Care Systems (ICVAHCS). 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.
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Duties of a MRT (CDIS) include but are not limited to:
Incumbent develops and conducts seminars, workshops, short courses, information briefings, and conferences concerned with health record documentation, education and functional training requirements to ensure program objectives are met for clinical and Health Information Management Staff.
Reviews a variety of billing reports including Reasons Not Billable report, denial reports, etc., to ensure Iowa City VA Health Care System is capturing the maximum reimbursement appropriate. Provides feedback to Compliance, providers and service lines regarding documentation requirements for accurate billing.
Generates and analyzes various VERA reports to ensure appropriate classification of veterans. Provides feedback to providers, service lines and coding staff regarding coding and documentation requirements.
Works with Quality and Performance Review staff in reviewing and analyzing severity, morbidity and mortality data. Provides feedback regarding coding and documentation requirements.
Assists coding supervisor in providing training to coding staff, providers and service lines.
Facilitates improved overall quality, completeness and accuracy of health record documentation as well as promoting appropriate clinical documentation through extensive interaction with physicians, providers and HIM coding staff to ensure clinical documentation is complete and accurate.
Ensures the accuracy and completeness of clinical information used for measuring and reporting physician and medical center outcomes with continuing education all members of the patient care team on an ongoing basis.
Collaboratively works with the professional clinical staff and provides support and education on documentation issues. Assists in the development of guidelines for data compatibility, consistency, and monitoring for compliance to improve the quality for clinical, financial and administrative data to ensure that all information is fully documented and supported. Such efforts are conducted to ensure the accuracy of billing denials and prevention against fraud and abuse and to optimize the medical center's authorized reimbursement for utilization of resources provided.
Reviewing documentation regarding conditions that have been adjudicated as a service connection (SC) condition or for special treatment authorities related to exposures or experiences and forwards to Utilization Review as appropriate.
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0675 Medical Records Technician
- Health Information Technicians
- Medical Records And Health Information Technicians
- Medical Records Specialists
- Medical Records Technicians
- Specialists, Medical Records
Technicians, Health Information
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
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. * English Language Proficiency. MRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Preferred Experience: It is highly preferred that applicants possess AHIMA CCS (Certified Coding Specialist) or AAPC Certified Professional Coder credentials. Please upload a copy of your certification(s) with your application package.
Grade Determinations: GS-9 (1)Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower level (GS-8). (2)Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G35. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is a GS-9.
Physical Requirements:The work of the position is primarily sedentary. However, some walking, standing, bending, stooping and carrying of small items such as files may be required.
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.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
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If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
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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- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search. Not required at time of application.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
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- Other Veterans Document
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 05/28/2018 to receive consideration.
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Agency contact information
Iowa City VA Health Care System 610 Highway 6 West Iowa City, IA US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499627400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 05/15/2018 to 05/28/2018
Salary: $50,598 to $65,778 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 9
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent