FILING START DATE :
JULY 24, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. (PST) - UNTIL THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICE ARE MET AND IS SUBJECT TO CLOSURE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.
EXAM NUMBER :
TYPE OF RECRUITMENT :
OPEN COMPETITIVE JOB OPPORTUNITY
Under limited supervision of a higher-level supervisor, Health Information Senior Technicians perform,
and may provide leadership or limited supervision over the provision of, highly complex services in the collection, management, coding, and abstraction of health
Essential Job Functions
Reviews patients' health information for completeness, consistency and compliance with laws and regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, department and facility procedures and requirements, and The Joint Commission standards.
Leads, and supervises (when necessary) a team of health information management personnel and/or clerical staff engaged in reviewing patients' medical files for completeness, consistency, and compliance with laws, The Joint Commission standards, and departmental regulations; and provides direction and guidance to Health Information Management staff, providing basic and intermediate coding and abstracting services to the work unit.
Assures that all relevant medical documentation is included in patients' health information, and tactfully and persistently seeks clarification, correction, or completion of medical records or charts from responsible physicians, nurses, laboratories, and other clinical staff; and confirms pathologies, dates and times of treatments and procedures, and abstracts patients' health information.
Abstracts and codes the most difficult inpatient cases, such as complex invasive surgical procedures, difficult disease categories and/or trauma, and cases involving multiple body systems and co-morbidities; and facilitates patient discharge reviews and recommends (and approve when necessary) additional coding.
Accurately selects principal diagnosis, sequence diagnoses, and procedures and demonstrates significant knowledge of co-morbidities and other factors affecting the assignment of correct DRGs to patients' health information.
Enters coded medical data into a computer terminal, and selects diagnoses and procedure codes from designated computer-based coding systems; coordinates efforts with billing staff to maximize reimbursement, and resolves coding issues, such as unacceptable codes.
Expertly utilizes ICD-CM, ICD-PCS, and CPT/HCPCS nomenclature, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and other coding and classification systems to maximize reimbursements and assure conformity with The Joint Commission and departmental standards.
Trains and assists other health information management staff with patient records, coding and reimbursement issues, and concerns; and may train staff in new coding systems, coding and billing situations, and factors unique to a specialty area.
Assures the integrity of Medi-Cal billings and applies fraud, waste and abuse regulations, and procedural controls to the work; and may track and prepare control lists, conduct medical record quality reviews, and audit patient health information.
Verifies cases of communicable diseases have been properly reported when necessary.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS :
OPTION I :
Certification as a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)* or Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)* by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)**
three (3) years of full-time experience managing patient information, coding, and abstracting health information.
OPTION II :
Certification as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)* by AHIMA**
two (2) years of full-time experience managing patient information, coding, and abstracting health information.
A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.
PHYSICAL CLASS II:
2 - Light.
Light: Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit, and some bending, stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION:
*Please ensure the Certification/License Section of the application is completed. Provide the title of the certificate, the number, date issued, date of expiration and the name of the issuing agency as specified in the Minimum Requirements. Please attach a photocopy of the certificate to your application at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days of filing online or your application will be rejected.
The required Certificate MUST be current and unrestricted.
**Approved coding programs are those listed on the website of the American Health Information Management Association at ****.
This examination will consist of two parts:
PART I :
A multiple choicetest covering Ambulatory Surgery Medical Coding (ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, & CPT) and Inpatient Medical Coding (ICD-10-CM & ICD-10-PCS) weighted 70%.
Only candidates who achieve a passing score of 70% or higher in Part I
will be invited to participate in Part II.
PART II :
A multiple choice test covering Goal Orientation, Learning Potential, Service Professionalism, and Conscientiousness weighted 30%.
CANDIDATES MUST RECEIVE A PASSING SCORE OF 70% OR HIGHER ON EACH WEIGHTED PART OF THIS EXAMINATION IN ORDER TO BE PLACED ON THE ELIGIBLE REGISTER.
Applicants with disabilities who require special accommodations must provide the Examination Unit with advance notice.
TRANSFER OF SCORE:
Applicants that have taken identical written test(s) for other exams within the last 12 months, will have their written test for the identical test part(s) automatically transferred to this examination.
STANDARDIZED WRITTEN TESTS ARE NOT REVIEWABLE BY CANDIDATES PER CIVIL SERVICE RULE 7.19.
TEST PREPARATION :
Study guides and other test preparation resources are available to help candidates prepare for employment tests. An interactive, Online Test Preparation Systems for taking practice tests may be accessed on the Department of Human Resources website at ****. Please click on the Find a Job and then the Job Search Toolkit. Test Preparation Information is located under the Employment Test Assistance section.
Additional practice tests are available at ****.
Click Practice Test to access a practice test with sample medical coding questions. PLEASE NOTE :
This link is NOT
accessible using the Los Angeles County computers.
While these practice materials will help in preparing for the test, we advise you to review ALL related materials that you deem necessary.
Applications will be processed on an as-received
basis and those receiving a passing score will be promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.
The names of candidates receiving a passing score in the examination will be added to the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of promulgation.
No person may compete in this examination more than once every twelve (12) months.
Appointees may be required to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
The resulting eligible register for this examination will be used to fill vacancies at the Department of Health Services (DHS) throughout Los Angeles County as they occur.
APPLICATIONS AND FILING INFORMATION :
APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE ONLY. HARDCOPY / PAPER APPLICATION SUBMITTED BY U.S. MAIL, FAX OR IN PERSON WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Applications electronically received after 5:00 p.m., PST, on the last day of filing will not be accepted.
Apply online by clicking on the green APPLY button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.
The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly
shown that you meet the MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS.
Fill in your application completely and correctly to receive full credit for relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluateyour qualifications for the position. Please do not group your experience
for each position held, give the name and address of your employer, your position title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, and description of work performed. If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected
All correspondence to applicants will be sent electronically to the email address provided on the application. It is important that applicants provide a valid email address. Please add
**** to your email address book and to the list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as SPAM/JUNK mail. FINAL EXAM NOTICES WILL BE MAILED VIA THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE. It is important that applicants provide a complete and valid mailing address. Examination results cannot be given over the phone
IMPORTANT NOTES :
information supplied by applicants and included in the application materials is subject to VERIFICATION
We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made.
of any information may result in DISQUALIFICATION
or RECISSION OF APPOINTMENT.
from Class Specification and/or Minimum Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT
be sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. Comments such as SEE RESUME
or SEE APPLICATION
will not be considered as a response; in doing so, your application will be REJECTED
Candidates who apply online must
upload any required documents as attachments during application submission. If you are unable to attach required documents, you may email the documents to Martha Teran at **** at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days of filing online or your application will be rejected
. Please include your name, the exam number and exam title on the email.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER :
Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.
COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES :
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.
NO SHARING OF USER ID, E-MAIL, AND PASWORD :
All applicants must file their application using their own user ID and password. Using a family member's or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.
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