Indian Health Service Medical Records Technician (Coder) in Browning, Montana
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Organizational Location: Department of Health & Human Services ( HHS), Indian Health Services (IHS), Northern Plains Region, Billings Area, Administrative Services, Health Information Management Department, Blackfeet Service Unit, Browning, Montana. Position reports to the Supv Health System Specialist. Purpose of position is to provide a full range of coding, chart analysis and accuracy of health records.
The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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- Code diagnosis, operations, and/or procedures from the medical record.
- Provide education and coding updates to medical staff, business office staff, and other health care providers.
- Review, analyzes, and perform technical evaluation of medical records for compliance and requirements of Center for Medicare/Medicaid services and other accrediting agencies, as well as Federal and State legal and regulatory requirements.
- Abstracts and enters all data for coding, assists with technical issues within the computer systems, including Electronic Health Record
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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0675 Medical Records Technician
- Coders, Health Information
Health Information Coders
Conditions of Employment
You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: 03/26/2018
To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying.
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; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks: GS:05: Four years above high school level OR one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level.
GS-06: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level.
GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-06 grade level.
GS-08: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level.
Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks: GS-05: Code medical records applying a thorough knowledge of various medical and clinical processes such as disease, illness or injury and conditions and their interrelationships to code correctly. Enter information abstracted from medical record into the Patient Care Component computer system. Scan medical documentation utilizing the proper disease, procedure, note etc. Review and assemble records to verify that all components of the record are present, complete, and filed in proper sequence. Utilize electronic systems to search and print medical documents. Maintain and file records in both a digit numeric and alphabetic file system in accordance with current standard operating procedure. Receive and file assorted documentation such as records, laboratory slips, narrative summaries, operative reports, tissue reports, radiology reports, etc.
GS-06: assemble, analyze, code, abstract, report, maintain, and extract moderately complex medical records information utilizing CPT and ICD in a medical setting. Organize and check medical records for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with regulatory requirements. Use automated records systems. Coding within a framework of procedures, regulations, precedents, and instructions. Evaluate medical records for compliance and requirements of the AAAHC and other accrediting agencies, as well as Federal and State legal and regulatory requirements. Correct visits.
GS-07: Perform all functions necessary to ensure the accurate, timely coding/data entry, and processing of complex clinical data into the RPMS Patient Care Component (PCC) utilizing CPT and ICD. Performing complex data entry functions for online medical information system. Code complex and difficult records correctly. Provide PCC data entry functions, interacts with the ICD computer assisted coding systems, IHS and Electronic Health Record coding conventions and procedures. Assist in providing on-going training needs as system modifications occur and coding systems change. Generate error reports at regularly scheduled intervals and performs error resolution. Review medical records for compliance with established third party reimbursement agencies special screening criteria, inconsistencies or discrepancies and discusses with appropriate medical or nursing staff.
GS-08: Assign the appropriate ICD-10 codes for all diagnoses and surgical procedures as required and documented by the provider for inpatient and outpatient visits. Assure that diagnoses are sequenced appropriately. Code in accordance with ICD-10 coding conventions and with the official coding guidelines approved by the Cooperating Parties (AHIMA, AHA, CMS, NCHS). Review visits in the EHR and ensures providers and other clinicians assign the appropriate ICD-10-CM codes. Assign the appropriate CPT-4 code for all outpatient and inpatient medical, surgical, nonphysician professional services and diagnostic services. Utilize the CPT Assistant to assist in the proper use of codes. Observe the AMA official guidelines for CPT coding. Observe the coding rules established by AMA. Assign the appropriate Level II HCPCS code for items, supplies and non-physician services used in reimbursement claims processing. Appropriately assigns modifiers to codes and verifies site, unit number and location of services based on the documentation of the record. Review visits in the EHR (Electronic Health Record) and ensures providers and other clinicians assign the appropriate CPT-4 code. Maintain and enhance coding skills, stay abreast of changes in codes, coding guidelines and regulations. Provide analysis of documentation and coding issues regarding areas of concern of the health record, including lack of documentation, legibility, system issues, EHR (Electronic Health Record), and other concerns. Follow and report trends in these areas. Participate in the development of clinic coding policies and ensure coding policies complement the official rules and guidelines. Assists with technical Issues within the computer systems, including the EHR (Electronic Health Record). Assist in maintaining and updating the scheduling packages. Ensure the quality of data in information systems by conducting audits and continuously analyzing the data.
Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).
No Housing is available 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. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous 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 is earned. This position meets the criteria specified in pillar number one of the five pillars of the PHS Commissioned Corps. PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online under the merit promotion announcement indicated above in order to receive consideration. For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at: http://www.usphs.gov/ This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit. This position has promotion potential to the GS-0675-08 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.?
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.
- This position is covered by Public Law 101-630, the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Protection Act (25 United States Code Chapter 34) requiring contact or control over Indian children. Due to this law, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere or guilty to certain crimes.
- Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.
- Work Schedule- Rotating Shifts including nights, weekends and holidays. IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position. To determine if you are qualified for this position, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against the qualifications as defined in the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement and your responses to the assessment questions. You will be further evaluated/rated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position) and your responses to the assessment questions to determine your competency in the following:
- Medical Coding
- Planning and Evaluating
- Technical Competence
- Medical Documentation
You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the assessment questionnaires. If after reviewing your resume and responses to the assessment questions, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration.
The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance: * Veterans , i.e. (VEOA, VRA, and 30% or more disabled) - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/ * Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) - https://www.ihs.gov/jobs/supporting-documents/permanentDocs/ctap.doc * Interagency Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ * Schedule A Appointments for the Disabled - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/hiring/
Click here to view vacancy questions:https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10162930 . All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of 03/26/2018, to be considered.
Background checks and security clearance
Q - Nonsensitive
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Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference:
- Resume: You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your Resume. If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed, annual salary, and description of job duties. Include name and address of employer; supervisor name and telephone number.
- Indian Preference Applicants: If claiming Indian preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the Form BIA-4432, "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only." Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA Official of tribal enrollment records. For detailed instructions, see form BIA-4432. Refer to BIA-4432 link: http://www.bia.gov/cs/groups/xois/documents/document/idc1-029504.pdf. When an Indian Preference candidate possesses Veterans' preference the rules regarding Veterans' preference apply under ESEP and the applicant must provide documentation in order to receive preference.
- Veterans Preference: If claiming Veteran's Preference provide a copy of your DD214 Form (Member 4 copy). To claim 10-Point Veteran's Preference, submit a SF-15 Application (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdffill/SF15.pdf) along with the appropriate supporting documentation. For additional information regarding Veterans Preference visit: www.fedshirevets.gov
- Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctapguideline.pdf.
- Current or former Federal employee: Include your most recent SF50 or if Reinstatement eligible include your Career SF-50.
- Noncompetitive eligibles:submit additional documents to prove your eligibility to apply to this vacancy. Your application package MUST be complete by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 03/26/2018, the closing of this announcement.
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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The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office (Tracey Bement, 4062477210, and/or Tracey.Bement@ihs.gov.) The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
For additional questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) found here: https://www.ihs.gov/jobs/index.cfm?module=faq
Agency contact information
Blackfeet Service Unit PO Box 760 760 Hospital Circle Browning, MT US
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- Privacy Act
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- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493827800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 03/13/2018 to 03/26/2018
Salary: $33,394 to $59,557 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 5 - 8
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent