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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration MEDICAL RECORDS TECH (HIT) in Battle Creek, Michigan

Summary

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. 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.

Responsibilities

Incumbent serves as technical expert in health record content and documentation requirements. Incumbent is responsible for performing quantitative and qualitative reviews of health record documentation. Incumbent is responsible for ensuring that all patient care data entered in VistA and/or Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) is accurate, timely, and completed. Adheres to established documentation requirements as outlined by The Joint Commission regulations, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) guidelines, as well as medical-legal requirements. Reviews records for adherence with CMS guidelines related to student, resident supervision and attending physician presence and documentation. Compiles reports to insure provider specific and service compliance. Maintains a control system to ensure completion of all inpatient and outpatient records in accordance with VA, The Joint Commission, CMS and other regulatory agencies standards.Reviews health records to ensure that all records contain sufficient information to meet medical/legal requirements, to ensure continuity of patient care, and to support education and research needs. Assists clinicians with completion of delinquent/incomplete health records. The incumbent performs the quantitative and qualitative analysis on both computer and paper-based health records. Consults with the appropriate clinician(s) for clarification when conflicting or ambiguous information appears in the health record documentation. Identifies health record deficiencies, tracks deficiencies and ensures that the appropriate individual completes their deficiencies. The incumbent assists physicians with the completion of delinquent/incomplete health records and serves as the expert resource for clinical staff regarding requirements for complete documentation. Responsible for expediting the completion of the health record when the patient is transferred for care at another medical center, for legal requests, regulatory agencies review, and reimbursement purposes. Assesses the paper health record and electronic Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) for completeness and notes deficiencies in Incomplete Record Tracking menu within VistA. Tracks electronic signatures and documents deficiencies and communicates these deficiencies to clinical staff for correction. Notification can be in person, internal e-mail, telephone, or through other normal routing system. Works independently resolving health record deficiency issues/erroneous documents and corrective action required within CPRS and only seeks guidance of immediate supervisor and/or Clinical Application Coordinator when issues surface when no precedent or procedure has been developed. Prepares complex weekly and monthly reports noting the status of all incomplete/delinquent records and compliance reports and submits the reports to the appropriate administrative and clinical staff. Performs analytical tasks associated with the resolution of "filing" errors on reports uploaded by a transcription vendor. This includes correctly identifying the patient the report belongs too and filing/assigning it correctly. Duties includes the generation of various statistical reports to track these errors. Makes appropriate recommendations for changes or solutions and implements appropriate recommendations for corrective action when authorized so continued filing errors do not occur.Identifies reviews, verifies, and corrects all statistical data concerning medical transcription to maintain accuracy of medical and statistical reports. Compares and resolves discrepancies between daily Gains and Losses Sheet, Digital System.Reviews health records for adherence with guidelines related to resident supervision and attending physician presence. Works with interdisciplinary staff to solve problems regarding proper health record documentation and completion. Develops and compiles written reports trending provider specific, service, and hospital compliance reports regarding admission subsequent and discharge notes. Obtains statistical information, applies statistical formulas, and completes statistical reports for medical center management. Prepares weekly and monthly reports noting the status of all incomplete/delinquent health records and submits the reports to the appropriate administrative and clinical staff. Participates in routine and focused reviews for the purpose of identifying problems and potential problems in record documentation as part of the health record review process. Identifies and abstracts information from health records for special studies and audits both internal and external. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

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 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, 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).OR, 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: 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. 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. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Service. English Language Proficiency. MRTs HIT must be proficient in spoken and written English, as required by 38 U.S.C. 7403(f) May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: All MRT HIT employees assigned to this occupation must have an approved parenthetical title as described below:MRT (HIT);Lead MRT (HIT); or Medical Records Technician (HIT), GS-4 (Entry Level) - Experience or Education. None beyond basic requirements. Assignment. 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. They perform health record review activities to satisfy external accreditation requirements and medical center performance measures. They monitor, verify, correct, and upload all transcription/medical speech recognition to maintain completeness and accuracy of health records. Medical Records Technician (HIT), GS-5 (Developmental Level 1) - Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower level. OR, 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 information technology/health information management (e.g., courses in medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, legal aspects of health care, and introduction to health records). Assignment. Employees at this grade level serve in developmental positions as MRTs HIT. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external customers. 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). Knowledge of health record documentation guidelines and industry standards. Ability to manage priorities and coordinate work to complete duties within required timeframes. 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 - Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Assignment. 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. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to navigate efficiently through the health record to locate needed information. Ability to analyze health record documentation to ensure compliance with guidelines and industry standards. Skill in investigating potential health record errors and making corrections, when appropriate. Skill in interpreting and applying health information guidelines and using judgment to complete assignments. Ability to follow up on incomplete health record documentation. Medical Records Technician (HIT), GS-7 (Full Performance Level) - (Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Assignment. 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. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 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. Ability to take appropriate actions if health record content is not adequate, accurate, timely, and/or reliable. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing with individuals or groups, to facilitate compliance with established policies and regulations. Skill in using appropriate software and computer applications to analyze and record documentation trends. Ability to apply qualitative and/or quantitative methods for assessment and improvement of health records. Ability to work independently and utilize problem-solving techniques in the accomplishment of work. References: VA Handbook 5005/124, Part II, Appendix G59, Medical Records Technician (Health Information Technician) Qualification Standard, GS-0675 The full performance level of this vacancy is 7.The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-04 to GS-07. Physical Requirements: The work is mostly sedentary, however work may involve walking or bending. There may be upper body movement involving the use/movement of the back, shoulder joints, arms, wrists, and hands, as well as lower body movement of legs when moving boxes or records. There may be lifting and carrying of bulky records and boxes, usually not to exceed 50 pounds. Pushing carts is routine for picking up records from the floors.

Education

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.

Additional Information

Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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