U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$50,598.00 to $65,778.00
Open & closing dates
$50,598 to $65,778 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
Wilkes Barre, PA
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
This position is located in the Business Office and Health Administration Service (BOHAS) at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center. The Supervisor oversees coding in a multi-level care medical center and his/her duties and responsibilities are carried out throughout the facility center including all administrative and clinical areas involved with the service. Exercises independent judgment in carrying out duties and responsibilities and has complete authority to plan, design and direct the coding program. The recommendations and/or technical decisions made by employee are not reviewed. The Supervisory MRT operates within context of overall agency policy and agency goals. Supervision is performed in relation to outcome and accomplishment to policy requirements.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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Supervisor MRT Coder provides oversight of a group of MRTs, with administrative responsibility for planning and directing the work of subordinate staff.
Perform a full range of supervisory responsibilities, to include evaluating the performance of subordinate staff, approving sick and annual leave requests, identifying education or training needs, resolving employee complaints and taking disciplinary actions, when necessary.
Inform higher level management of anticipated vacancies or increases in workload.
Recommend employees for promotions, reassignments, recognition of superior performance, retention or release of probationary employees or other changes of assigned personnel.
Make decision on the selection of employees for vacant or new positions.
Job family (Series)
0675 Medical Records Technician
Health Information Technicians
Medical Records And Health Information Technicians
Medical Records Technicians
Technicians, Health Information
Technicians, Medical Records
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 U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy
One (1) 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 needed to perform Medical Records Technician (MRT) work. OR
Two (2) 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). OR
The equivalent combination of experience and education appropriate for substitution which is six (6) months of experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology and general understanding of the health record and one (1) year above high school with a minimum of six (6) semester hours of health information technology courses OR 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 (6) additional months of experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology and general understanding of the health record
·Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
·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: Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) experience to include implementation of CDI initiatives and provider education.
Grade Determinations: 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.
GS-9 Supervisory MRT (Coder): Experience. One year of experience comparable to the next lower level (GS-8): Ability to analyze the medical record to identify all pertinent diagnoses and procedures for coding, and to evaluate the adequacy of the documentation. This includes the ability to read and understand the content of the medical record, the terminology, the significance of the comments, and the disease process/pathophysiology of the patient.
Ability to accurately perform te full scope of outpatient coding, including ambulatory surgical cases, diagnostic studies and procedures, and outpatient encounters, and/or inpatient coding, including inpatient discharges, surgical cases, diagnostic studies and procedures, and inpatient professional fees.
Skill in interpreting and adapting health information guidelines and ability to use judgment in completing assignments using incomplete or inadequate guidelines.
In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Ability to perform a full range of supervisory duties, to include assigning, planning and evaluating work, recommending awards, approving leave and resolving staff issues.
Ability to provide or coordinate staff development and training.
Ability to coordinate work in order to complete duties in an accurate and timely fashion.
Leadership and managerial skills including skill in interpersonal relations and conflict resolution to deal with employees, team leaders, and managers.
References: VA Handbook 5005/79, Part II, Appendix G35, Medical Record Technician Qualification Standard GS-675. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is 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
Physical Requirements: Work requires some physical effort such as standing, walking, bending, filing and the lifting and/or carrying of light items such as files and office supplies. Typically the employee sits comfortably to do the work. The employee is required to answer numerous personal/telephonic inquiries and must have adequate eyesight and hand dexterity to allow for reading and operating a computer.
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.
United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
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
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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.
Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
* VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search
*DD214 - which shows dates and character of service
*Transcripts (if applicable)
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search
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).
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
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 02/23/2018 to receive consideration.
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Agency contact information
Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
1111 East End Boulevard
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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.