Job Title: Medical Records Technician (Release of Information)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Fort Wayne, IN
Computers, Software, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Insurance, Research & Development, Medical
Medical Records Technician (Release of Information)
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. Experience. One 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 (KSAs) needed to perform MRT work. OR Education. Two 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 Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. The following educational/training substitutions are appropriate for combining education and experience: Six months of experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology and general understanding of the health record and one year above high school with a minimum of 6 semester hours of health information technology courses. 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 additional months of experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology and general understanding of the health record. Physical Requirements. Selected applicants will be required to undergo a pre-employment physical exam. English Language Proficiency. MRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). In addition to meeting the basic requirements listed above, applicants must also meet grade level requirements. Grade Determinations: GS-4 MRT (ROI) Entry Level: a. Experience or Education. None beyond the basic requirements (listed above). Please note: Employees at this level serve in entry level MRT (ROI) positions and receive close supervision from more experienced ROI Staff Members. GS-5 MRT (ROI) Developmental Level: a. Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or successful completion of four years of education above high school from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 24 semester hours in health information technology. b. Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Ability to utilize health information technology and various office software products utilized in MRT (ROI) positions (e.g., the electronic health record, release of information systems, etc.); 2. Knowledge of the Joint commission requirements and/or health record documentation guidelines; 3. Ability to manage priorities and coordinate work in order to complete duties within required timeframes and ability to follow-up on pending issues. Please note: Employees at this grade level serve in developmental positions as MRTs (ROI) and receive guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex ROI procedures. GS-6 MRT (ROI) Full Performance Level: a. Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-5. b. Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. In-depth knowledge of the laws and regulations related to the authorization and disclosure of health information and ability to apply said laws and regulations related to the disclosure of health information (e.g., Privacy Act, Freedom of Information Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and 38 U.S.C. 7332); 2. Ability to manage priorities and coordinate work in order to complete duties in an accurate and timely fashion; 3. Ability to follow up on pending issues in order to meet required response times; and 4. Ability to research and solve difficult questions related to release of health information in an accurate and timely manner. Please note: This is considered the full performance level for ROI technician positions. ROI technicians at this level apply, interpret, and analyze laws and regulations related to the disclosure of health information. Responsible for educating requestors on requirements for submitting requests for health information. Complete all requests for health information in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. All of the required experience required above is only creditable if it is either directly related to the work of the position to be filled or in a related field. References: VA Handbook 5005/79, Part II, Appendix G35. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-4 to GS-6. Physical Requirements: Please see VA Directive and Handbook 5019.